Kerala government has planned to promote eco-friendly, green weddings in the state. As a first step, the government has started discussions with religious groups and social organisations.
Though a few individuals and organisations have been talking about the necessity of such weddings, this is the first time that the government has taken up the initiative. However, at some events like Natioanl Games, Attukal Pongala and Maalyatoor church feast, the government had tried to adopt eco-friendly steps like making the place a zero waste zone.
The program will come under Suchitwa Mission and will be implemented through local bodies.
Kannur Idukki and Ernakulam districts have already started awareness campaigns in this regard, reports The Times of India.
It was also reported that the government plans to implement the project at religious events as well.
In Idukki, authorities have sought the help of church authorities while Minister for local self-government KT Jaleel, has sought the state Waqf boardâ€™s help.
"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," CV Joy, state director (operations) of Suchitwa Mission, told ToI, adding that the mission is aimed at making religious festivals like an Iftar meet during Ramzan, go eco-friendly and waste free.
It was in Ernakulam that the local administration first initiated the move to promote green weddings.
Last January, Ernakulam district collector Muhammed Y Safirulla had convened a meeting with auditorium owners, catering service agents and religious and cultural leaders. It was decided to cut down on the use of disposable items at weddings. The meeting had also decided to bring a protocol for green weddings.