The EcoSikh movement was launched in July 2009 in partnership with the Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE). It is the Sikh community’s contribution to the initiative run by the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to help the major faiths develop long-term environmental plans.
Sikh organizations and leaders from Punjab and the Diaspora announced the five-year plan at a conference in New Delhi as a Sikh commitment to curbing the climate crisis and protecting the environment in the places we live, work, and gather together for prayer and celebration.
Sikh Five-Year Plan
(Click to download) In November 2009, Sikh environmental leaders Baba Sewa Singh of Khadur Sahib, Amritsar and Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal of Sultanpur, Kapurthala Punjab, joined two hundred leaders from nine of the world’s major faiths: Baha’ism, Buddhism, Christianity, Daoism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Shintoism and Sikhism to gather in Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom to commit to longterm practical action for the environment. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the Celebration, which was hosted by Prince Philip, founder of the ARC.
The Celebration at Windsor Castle came a month before the major Copenhagen Climate Change talks in December 2009 and was considered the first major, internationally coordinated commitment by the religions to the environment. The event was supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and major secular bodies, including Conservation International, the Forest Stewardship Council, Fairtrade, and the World Wide Fund.