The state of Kerala is regularly in the limelight for its progressive behaviour along several fronts. From maintaining extremely high levels of literacy to taking big strides in the battle for LGBT rights to countless innovations, the people of this state just do not seem to leave a single stone unturned when it comes to being an ideal example for the country. And now, the state has one more reason to boast, with green weddings possibly soon becoming a regular practice with a little co-operation from the the state government.
As part of this, the state government has started to confer with various social and religious groups and organisations to come up with environment-friendly weddings with as little wastage as possible. This programme is set to take off under collaboration between several local bodies and Suchitwa Mission, an organisation under the state government responsible for evolving implementation strategy and providing policy in the areas of sanitation and solid and liquid waste management.
Previous implementation of the green protocol in major events like the National Games with assistance from Suchitwa Mission has reportedly pushed the state government to take the idea forward and give it a try at weddings too. Plenty of awareness campaigns have already been started in districts like Kannur, Ernakulam, and Idukki, and Suchitwa Mission has got in touch with various churches in the region for this initiative.
According to a report by The News Minute, C.V. Joy, Director of Operations for Suchitwa Mission, said,
People should be aware of the environmental impact of the huge quantity of waste, including plastic products, generated in lavish weddings and other parties. They should be ready to stop using disposable items such as plates and water bottles.
The director was also hopeful about extending this idea to religious festivals, even including Iftar meetings during the time of Ramadan.
In a chat with Times of India, C.V. Joy said,
The churches in Idukki have already offered their support for the initiative, and we are also expecting the Waqf board to join us. The district administrations of Kannur and Alappuzha have formally urged the public to follow green protocol during wedding parties and other functions.