The papers in this section lay the groundwork for a Sikh environmental theological foundation, and the inspiration to connect Gurbani to the state of the environment today.
This statement, which is the first of its kind from the Sikh community, outlines new actions Sikhs can take to strengthen their connection to their faith through environmentalism, and expand their political voice within their communities. The statement aims to connect environmental preservation with the teachings of the Sikh gurus .
The Sikh scripture declares that the purpose of human beings is to achieve a blissful state and be in harmony with the earth and all creation. It seems, however, that humans have drifted away from that ideal. The earth is today saturated with problems. Its forests are being denuded. A smoky haze envelops the cities of the world. Its lakes and rivers are being filled with urban and industrial pollution killing aquatic life. There is a sense of urgency in all parts of the world, across ethnic, religious, and national boundaries.
Environmental concerns may be viewed as part of the broader issue of human development and social justice. Many environmental problems, in both developed and developing nations have the greatest impact on the poorest, most vulnerable, and marginalized populations. Therefore an integrated approach is necessary.
What is Ecosophia? How and in what sense Sikhism, as a religion, may be considered ecosophical? Whether the Sikh Scriptual tradition (Sri Guru Granth Sahib) has the potential to promote deep ecological consciousness? These are some of the inter-related queries that the author expounds upon.