Green crusaders’ global clarion call: Turn into an eco-Sikh on March 14

Hundreds of gurdwaras in the United States,Canada,England,Australia,Malaysia and Africa will be observing Sikh Environment Day on March 14.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:February 22, 2012 1:09 am

Hundreds of gurdwaras in the United States,Canada,England,Australia,Malaysia and Africa will be observing Sikh Environment Day on March 14.

“On March 14,hundreds of gurdwaras in the United States,Canada,England,Australia,Malaysia and Africa will be taking part in this celebration by singing shabads focused on the environment,holding ceremonial tree plantings,and encouraging children to share reflections on the environment and Sikhism with the sangat,” Sewa Singh,an environmentalist from Khadur Sahib,told a press conference here on Tuesday.

Last year,450 Sikh organisations and gurdwaras observed this day. “Looking at the response last year,EcoSikh doubled the expectation and reached out to 700 Sikh institutions,’’ he added.

EcoSikh,a Washington-based international Sikh group,had designated March 14 as the Sikh Environment Day to create awareness about Sikh teachings on nature preservation. “It is the coronation day of 7th Guru,Guru Har Rai,who is remembered for his deep sensitivity to nature and its preservation. Like last year,SGPC is planning sapling distribution at all major gurdwaras on this day,and ragis are expected to sing hymns related to nature. White House is also expected to issue a message on this day in support of this initiative,’’ said Ramneet Singh,India programme director of EcoSikh.

He added that EcoSikh,in collaboration with Sukrit,an NGO based in Ludhiana,would be conducting a speech contest on the environment. Over 800 schools were likely to take part in this event.

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