One Earth, One Human Family
30th May, 2017, New Delhi: Climate Change can be a cause for celebrations. This was the underlying message for a multi faith event was jointly organised by The Bhumi Project, EcoSikh and Islamic Relief-India. The event marked the 2nd Anniversary of the Global Day of Action- Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust by GreenFaith, a leading US based interfaith environmental organisation. The event was hosted by the Indian Research Academy at The Awadh Bhavan, Sheikh Sarai. There were 50 participants from different religions.
This year’s event was based on the message of “One Earth, One Human Family“. The major attractions for the evening were a Climate Leadership Training (CLT) by Supriya Singh, who was the President of the Indian Youth Climate Network and an inspiring EcoSikh’s short environmental movie “The Little Gardener” directed by SatdeepSingh and Rachna Kaur.
The audience also took the Greenfaith Pledge for taking small steps in their own lives for conserving our mother Earth. The event had two sessions namely Inaugural Session and Sharing Experiences.
Pinaki Dasgupta, Coordinator, The Bhumi Project
Akmal Shareef, Director, Islamic Relief-India, who gave the welcome Speech called on for relying on working together for a common goal. Said Akmal Shareef, “faith is indeed powerful when used positively for conservation of nature, and Islamic Declaration on Climate Change was among the first to be discussed widely and adopted by Muslim Religious Leaders worldwide. He also shared that it is time for collaborative efforts in making our religious places Green”.
Eco-Sikh’s South Asia Project Manager, Ravneet Singh gave the welcome address, “we need to create strong environmental advocacy amongst the youth of India to help mitigate the climate change through strong youth climate leadership trainings. The religious institutions should indulge regularly in clean-up and plantation drives.”
Speaking on industrial perspective, Sajjate Sulthan, Director of SBA Envirosystems Pvt. Ltd., a CTCN member, shared practical solutions on management of wastewater using traditional plants as well as underlined the importance of adaptation and mitigation for industry in combating climate change. The other speakers for the event were Raghunath Dasa from Vrind