Diwali is fast approaching and the festival which is famous for bursting firecrackers has once again raised concerns over the impact it has on the environment. Owing to the rise in air pollution caused by firecrackers, the Supreme Court on Monday put a ban on the sale of crackers in Delhi-NCR till November 1.
This ban prompted a reaction from Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh who took to Twitter, requesting his fans to refrain from using crackers this Diwali in order to make India a better place to live. The southpaw requested fans to celebrate the festival by lighting up diyas and raised the health issues posed due to heightened air pollution during Diwali.
Say no to crackers, let’s celebrate a pollution free Diwali 🙏 #saynotocrackers #pollutionfree pic.twitter.com/l1sotpKizM— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) October 8, 2017
However, Singh’s fans did not take his plea very well. Many trolled him for his celebrity lifestyle and for using wooden bats, cars and air conditioners that also contribute to environmental pollution. Few instructed him to mind his own business, while others questioned why he was silent during Bakri Eid.
Use plastic bat’s for batting, we no need to cut down many no. Of trees— Harish kumar (@amaraharish) October 8, 2017
If you stop flying, a lot of jet fuel pollution will be saved.Also, doesn’t IPL have firecrackers?— Sankrant Sanu सानु (@sankrant) October 9, 2017
if u want to control pollution then stop using car ,use cycle.— gaurav pandey (@igaurav1234) October 8, 2017
माना खाली दिमाग शैतान का घर होता है। लेकिन इतनी भी क्या बेरोजगारी कि कुछ भी बोल दो। टी-20 विश्वकप 2011 में पटाखे फूटने पर तो ज्ञान नही दिया। pic.twitter.com/WXxotBugFR— Tanay Srivastava (@tanaysri94) October 8, 2017
double the crackers let deaf hear the sound …— Anish Chib (@chibRajaJi) October 8, 2017
October 8, 2017
Kabhi muharram aur bakr-eid pe bol k dekho. Jiska mann hua woh utha k hinduon ke sentiments ka majak bana jaata hai. Sharam aani chahiye.— त्रिपुरारी (@Kailaashnaath) October 8, 2017
sir i m ur big fan,but ples stop this chutiyapa!— praSHant (@praSHant867685) October 8, 2017
@YUVSTRONG12 bhaiya, 1. How often do u use public transport??2. Have u ever requested BCCI/ICC to not use fire crackers during matches.— Piyush Shahi (@Piyushkshahi) October 8, 2017
Yuvi to punjabi hai shero wali baat karYe hizdo wali baate na kiya kar 😏😏— AMIT (@AMIT_GUJJU) October 8, 2017
We don’t need to give any shit on these celebs and CricketersThey are just doing it for the sake of earning money.— ऋषि मिश्रा (@RishiMishra_) October 9, 2017
Dumbhead, keep ur gyaan with u .— Deepak (@Ek_Najar_Main) October 8, 2017
Bhai Eid / Christmas pe kahan the?— Poetic_Punch (@quest_illusion) October 8, 2017
I ll spend 10 times more on fire crackers this deewali jo ukhadna hai ukhad le 🖕— Gulchain bali 🇮🇳 (@gulchainballi) October 8, 2017
It’s only for 1 night just keep quiet and enjoy diwali— Vivek Pratap Singh (@VivekPr04252877) October 8, 2017
This was unexpected from you sir,,,,btw we’ll double our budget for #Diwali2017 and we have 364 days for environment #DiwaliWithCrackers— ABhishek Mishra🇮🇳 (@mishra2112) October 9, 2017
Air pollution has become a severe health problem in India with majority of cities registering pollution level higher than prescribed standards. According to a report in Quartz, 1.1 million people died in India in 2015 due to severe health hazards caused by air pollution.
Feature image: AFP