Make Your Kumbh Green!
This Kumbh Mela will be the first-ever, eco-friendly “Green” Kumbh! While plans are on to create environmentally-sound solutions for the camp itself, such as planting trees, building eco-friendly toilets, and much more, we also can all do our own small part and duty to help protect the environment and our sacred rivers.
Below are some tips on how you can make your own experience at Kumbh a “green” experience, as well as your daily life:
Tips while in the camp:
- Reduce waste by using reusable products, such as reusable plates and cups, instead of items made of non-biodegradable materials like plastic. Clean drinking water will be available to refill your resuable water bottles!
- Reduce your consumption of plastic and polythene! Try to buy items that are not wrapped in layers of plastic as much as possible
- When visiting other areas of the camp or the market, carry your own bags (jhola) made of eco-friendly materials like cloth or jute instead of accepting plastic carry bags.
- Absolutely refuse to use plastic and polythene bags, refusing them even if someone offers them to you.
- Always look for a trash bin, which will be located throughout the Kumbh grounds, to dispose of your waste properly. If there is you cannot find a trash bin nearny, HOLD ON to your waste until you find a proper bin to dispose it in
- Never throw your litter on the ground or into the waters of our sacred rivers! Cows and other animals end up ingesting these materials when they are looking for food, and it eventually KILLS them.
- Try to save precious water! While brushing your teeth or shaving, turn off the water tap, and try to not waste too much water while bathing.
- Turn off all lights when you leave a room, and try to use them only when necessary.
- Be vegetarian! The meat industry is one of the greatest contributors to global warming, water wastage, land shortages, deforestation and environmental destruction.
- Don’t wear clothes made of animal furs or leather or use products made from these materials, as the dangerous, toxic chemicals that are used to produce these items are being dumped by the ton into Ganga and Her tributaries, killing all aquatic life and poisoning the millions who rely on Her water.
- Don’t engrave or paint on any monuments or heritage buildings, but instead strive to keep public places clean and green!
- Don’t spit on roads or public places, and educate others to not do so also!
- Educate others in your household, your workplace, and your community on how to live in a green, eco-friendly way!
What to Do (or Not Do!) While Near at the Sangam
- Don’t throw objects from pujas or havans in the river, including flowers and samagri. While these materials are natural and bio-degradable, the sheer amount of flowers entering the rivers becomes too much to handle. Instead, put biodegradable materials such as samagri and flowers in the proper bins which will be located throughout the camp.
- When placing offerings in the Sangam, make sure your offerings are 100% natural and bio-degradable (no plastics!).
- If your offering is in a plastic bag, make sure to take the offering out of the bag before offering to the Sangam, and recycle the plastic bag. The Sangam is a great purifer, but plastics kill all the life in Her waters and along Her banks!
- Don’t use the Sangam, or any other water body, as a bathroom. Instead, use community toilets located in the camp and in the Kumbh Mela grounds.
- Do not do your laundry in the Sangam, and if you do, do not use detergents. Detergents destroy the oxygen capacity in the rivers, and thus kills fish and stops the river from cleaning itself.