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Hindu eco-news

2015

The beautifully-designed Green Hindu Temples Guide was launched in December 2015, on how to make your temple or ashram greener and more faith-consistent. With sections on teaching, recycling, energy, food and protecting wild animals.

2014

November 17, Hindu environmentalists meet in House of Lords, UK Baron Dholakia, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords hosted a meeting of Hindus at the famous Palace of Westminster. The meeting was attended by representatives of Hindu communities from across the UK and the aim was to raise awareness of the importance of Hindu action to address environmental concerns. One outcome of the meeting was the establishment of working group representing a cross-section of the Hindu community to work on environmental issues. Facilitated by the Bhumi Project, this group would work to engage with business leaders, politicians, and other faith groups to present how Hindu teachings and practices can help address environmental concerns. It is planned for this group to have its first meeting in early 2015.

February 18-25, 2014, Hindus celebrate first Hindu Environment Week ARC’s partners the Bhumi Project successfully launched the first ever annual Hindu Environment Week, with Hindu communities in India, the USA and Europe all taking part in programme of events and activities to combat threats to the environment and promote a message of walking lightly on the Earth. Read more here.

2013

April 17, 2013, Specially commissioned Hindu book and play spreads Green Pilgrim message to schoolchildren International Hindu environmental network (and ARC partner agency) The Bhumi Project have published The Hidden Forest a specially commissioned piece written by author Jahnavi Harrison and available both as a story and a script for dramatic productions. As it follows the experiences of an Indian Hindu family going to the sacred Yamuna River The Hidden Forest explores both the spiritual meaning of Hindu pilgrimage and its environmental consequences.

You can read more about the publication here and download a pdf copy of the script here.

January 21, 2013, important green developments at Kumbh Mela, 2013 City and state officials in Allahabad, India joined with religious leader Pujya Swami Chidandad Saraswati, committed to making the massive Kumbh Mela gathering a greener event. Held every 12 years in Allahabad the Kunbh Mela lasts a month and attracts over 100 million pilgrims. Green camps for pilgrims, producing less waste and pollution, and a clean-up of the banks of the Ganges river were among the initiatives pioneered at this year’s event. Read more here.







2011

October 4, 2011, North American Hindu temples endorse Green Pilgrimage Network The Green Pilgrimage Network initiative was endorsed last week by some 280 primarily US-based Hindu delegates, representing more than 100 temples and Hindu organizations from across the world at the sixth annual Hindu Mandir (Temple) Executives' Conference (HMEC) in Columbus Ohio. Click here for more.

August 1, 2011, Hindu project launches green temple initiative at White House The Hindu Bhumi Project Green Temple campaign was launched this weekend at the White House, Washington DC. It is part of the Hindu Nine Year Plan, launched with ARC in 2009. Click here for more.

March 3, 2011, Three Gujerat Holy Cities nominated to Green Pilgrim Cities network Dwarka, Somnath and Ambaji have been nominated to the new global network of Green Pilgrim Cities set up by ARC and others. The three cities are sacred for Hindus. Click here for more.



News before 2011

***** June 2010: The Hindus have made a nine year plan to help protect the living planet, which was launched at the Windsor Celebration in November last year. To view this (and other) long term commitments link here.

***** April 2010: The Krishna-Avanti Primary School in Harrow, North London is the UK's first state-funded Hindu school, and has been named the most ecological in England. Victoria Finlay of ARC went to visit the school to learn more about this fantastic eco success story. Read morehere.

**** July 2009: Hindu Nine Year Plan:National Hindu leaders in the UK met on July 16 and pledged to work together to create long-term plans for environmental protection, action and education which have the potential to reach every Hindu living in the UK - and with a potential outreach to Hindu communities around the world and specially in India. Ideas include: introducing a Hindu benchmark for products and services including energy; endorsing ethically sourced food; advocating sustainable lifestyles. These plans will be developed and implemented over the next 9 years - a timeframe chosen to encourage long-term planning - and are part of the ARC/UNDP Seven Year Plan initiative.

**** June 2009: Here are five examples of Indian spiritual sects promoting green causes through recognizing that preservation of natural elements is at the country's spiritual core: 1. Hindus in the UK meet to plan a Nine Year Plan to Protect the Environment for generations; 2. 40 Day Himalayan March to Promote Walking Lightly on the Earth; 3. Cleaning the Ganga River; 4. Setting an example with Organic Farming; 5. The Global Tree Planter.

*****April 2009: A "Brown Bag Talk" on Hinduism and the Environment by Dr Pankaj Jain, of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at North Carolina State University, USA. Includes links to the associated Power Point presentation.

***** September 2008: The Climate Institute has reported on a visit to Australia by Pacific Church representatives in August 2008. The visit coincided with 39 leaders from multi-faith groups who signed an open letter calling for action to address the destruction caused by climate change. The open letter was signed in a collaboration with the research organisation, the Climate Institute, and representatives from the Baha'i, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist faiths. Link here for more details.

***** Mid 2008: a group of 250 spiritual heads representing most of India's religious sects and Hindu organisations launched a major campaign to "Save the Ganga" river. "Awiral Ganga, Nirmal Ganga". meaning"From Gangotri to Ganga Sagar" aims to clean up the river from its source in the Himalayas to where it drains into the Bay of Bengal at Ganga Sagarby reducing pollution and demanding national heritage status for the river. Link here for more information.


***** 2008: The Tirumala temple, in the south Indian city of Tirupathi, is one of Hinduism's holiest shrines and with over 5,000 pilgrims a day it is India's richest temple. But since 2002, Tirumala has also been generating revenue from a less likely source: carbon credits. For decades, the temple's community kitchen has fed nearly 15,000 people, cooking 30,000 meals a day. Five years ago, Tirumala adopted solar cooking technology, allowing it to dramatically cut down on the amount of diesel fuel it uses. The temple now sells the emission reduction credits it earns to a Swiss green-technology investor. Link here for more information.


***** 2006: A Balinese environmentalist who has worked with local Hindu leaders to protect tens of thousands of rare turtles every year, received a major international award for his work. Link here for more information.


***** 2003: Surveys conducted by the World Bank in Indonesia revealed that religious leaders were among the most trusted members of society, and that these might be the leaders who can help people remember to care for their environment. Link here for more information.



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