Green Vigil Foundation, an NGO based at Nagpur, working for environment protection and sustainability, organised an eco – friendly Holi campaign on Saturday at Shankarnagar square, Nagpur.
Members of Green Vigil appealed to the citizens to adopt dry Holi or tilak Holi- restricting wastage of water, using natural colours ; be it gulal or other herbal colours, avoid water balloons, sparing dumb animals from the colour hazard and stop burning plastics and other material during Holika dahan ,emanating harmful gases in the air.
Surbhi Jaiswal, Co-ordinator Earth Day Network and Team Lead, Green Vigil Foundation, said apart from celebrating eco- friendly Holi, we are stressing on various practices to be implemented by citizens to ensure water sustainability meeting the water requirements in Maharashtra throughout summers and restricting polluting our water bodies leading to deteriorated water quality and impact on aquatic species.
Kaustav Chatterjee, Founder Green Vigil Foundation informed that the colours available in market contain hazardous materials like copper sulfate (in green colour), aluminum bromide (in silver colour), prussian blue (in blue colour), mercury sufate (in red colour) as well as lead, chromium, cadmium, nickel, zinc, silica etc, which are highly injurious to health and some of them are even carcinogenic..
Green Vigil Team members Surbhi Jaiswal, Kalyani Vaidya, Sheetal Choudhary, Bishnudeo Yadav, Vrushali Shrirang, Vikash Yadav, Namrata Zaveri, Hemant Amesar, Rajat Jaiswal, Nitin Kukekar, Dadarao Mohod, Chinmaye Dhiman, KartikiK Awale and others worked hard for the success of the programme.