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September 18, 2014, Sikhs issue first ever statement on climate change In preparation for the UN convened Climate Summit in Washington DC on September 23, 2014 EcoSikh issued the first ever statement on climate change from a Sikh perspective. The statement outlines new actions Sikhs can take to strengthen their connection to the Sikh faith through environmentalism, and expand their political voice within their communities.

March 14, 2014, fourth annual Sikh Environment Day bigger than ever This year’s celebration of nature-loving Guru Har Raj Ji was bigger than ever, continuing the steady growth of Sikh Environment Day since the first one in 2011. Organised on a worldwide basis by EcoSikh the 2014 celebration met their target for over 2000 organisations registering to take part. Read more here.


July 6, 2013, Amritsar foundation day goes green The annual foundation day celebrations at the Sikh holy city of Amritsar were marked by many new green initiatives as part of a commitment to becoming an Eco-City. Despite heavy monsoon rains and flooding the 436th Amritsar Foundation Day procession made its way around the city spreading the message of a responsible Clean & Green City. Programmes were launched to mark the commitment, including tree planting, waste clearing, organic cultivation and vermicomposting. Read more here.


March 14, 2012, Sikh Environment Day more than doubles in second year After an impressive debut in 2011 organisers Eco-Sikh amazed even themselves when they managed to more than double the number of organisations taking part, making the tally over 1,000 institutions from America, India and Europe. Read more here.


Eco-rickshaws for Sikh Holy City The district administration of Amritsar in India has introduced the first batch of eco-rickshaws. Amritsar is a key destination for many thousands of Sikh pilgrims, and last September was nominated as one of the first members of the Green Pilgrim Network, initiated by ARC. Click here for more.

Senior UN official congratulates Sikhs on Environment Day United Nations Assistant Secretary-General Olav Kjorven has congratulated Sikhs on Sikh Environment Day, which is being celebrated today by Sikhs throughout the world, saying he "deeply admired" the work they were doing. lick here for more.

February 2011: Sikhs celebrating March 14th, 2011 as Sikh Environment Day During the week of March 14th, gurdwaras across the world will join together to celebrate the day by holding divans focused on the environment. More information at

February 2, 2011, Highest Sikh authority on board for Sikh Environment Day The religious head of Sri Akaal Takhat Sahib has given a special message to all Sikhs all over the world to plant a tree on March 14, 2011, to mark Sikh Environment Day. This unprecedented announcement is thanks to EcoSikh's initiative, helped by ARC. Link here.

News before 2011

***** June 2010: Eco-Sikh is very excited about greening the future of the Sikh community, and it is making significant progress. Soon to appoint two project managers, it has also joined the ARC/UNDP "Green Pilgrim Cities Network" and has announced that its most sacred city, Amritsar, is to become a model eco-city.

***** Sikhs create Eco-Sikh to make a Five Year Plan to Protect the Planet

***** Link here for details of the Sikh tree planting celebration at Khalsa Wood: May 2008.

***** A Sikh "Eco baba" sends an SOS to local politicians to try and protect a holy river from serious pollution problems. The Kali Bein, a river in the Hoshiarpur district of Punjab that holds sacred significance within Sikhism, has been given a new life by a more than 6 year long effort begun by Sant Balbir Singh Sancherwal in 2000. By drawing on the Sikh tradition of kar sewa (free voluntary service) and Daswandh (common donation of 10%), he and his followers taught locals people why they should clean the Kali Bein, enlisting volunteers to do the physical work and raising funds for equipment. At the height of his movement, people from more than two dozen villages were pitching in. Link here for more information.

***** In December 2008 the IANS news agency reporter that the surroundings of the Golden Temple - known to Sikhs as the Harmandar Sahib, their holiest shrine - were to be made pollution-free to prevent the corrosion of the pure gold plate on the outer walls of the Amritsar shrine. The Punjab government was said to be alarmed at reports of damage due to rising pollution levels around the Golden Temple. And Environment and Science and Technology Minister Bikram Singh Majithia was reported as saying that: 'The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has been asked to demarcate a pollution-free zone around it in which no vehicle would be allowed and all those activities that create smoke will be barred.'

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