Recently, there have been numerous articles about the people who are leaving religious offerings in Jamaica Bay. 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 on this destructive practice. What we put in the water winds up somewhere and will likely stay there for a very long time unless someone removes it.
Perhaps a symbolic ceremony could replace this practice and the people that 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.