Your paper recently had an article about the people who are leaving religious offerings in Jamaica Bay (“A delicate balance on Jamaica Bay’s shores,” June 26, multiple editions). These offerings are meant to represent beauty, prosperity and renewal. As a person who does not follow this religion and one who has fought for environmental causes and for protecting our natural areas, I see it as a threat to the ecosystem of Jamaica Bay.
Thankfully the group Sadhana is reaching out to the Hindu people to educate them of this destructive practice. What we put in the water winds up somewhere and will likely stay there a very long time unless someone removes it.
There are hundreds of millions of Hindus. What if they all put fruits, vegetables, food, candles, reams of cloth, statues, glass picture frames and more in our waterways? What would our waterways look like?
I cannot see how this practice can represent beauty, prosperity and renewal. I see garbage. There is nothing pleasant about seeing rotting fruit, food still in aluminum foil and plastic bags along the beach.
Perhaps a symbolic ceremony could replace this practice and the people who come to these ceremonies can see a beautiful, prosperous and renewed natural wildlife area that is full of life, for us and future generations to enjoy.