Appreciate an Elephant Today

Today marked the end of Ganesh Chaturthi, the festival in India venerating the Hindu diety Ganesh–he’s the one pictured in art and statues with an elephant’s head, and he’s widely revered as a bringer of good luck.

Today is also Appreciate an Elephant Day, and it’s fitting, because schoolkids throughout India are working to make the Ganesh festival there a little greener.

The huge paint-and-plaster-of-Paris idols that are paraded through the streets are left to dissolve in the local bodies of water, polluting river, lake, and sea. Ecology-minded kids are speaking up and taking action to make the festival better for the environment, and so better for people, elephants, and other living things.

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