In 2016, Sikhs worldwide will be celebrating the 6th annual worldwide Sikh Vatavaran Diwas (Sikh Environment day) on March 14th. This day marks the New Year in the Sikh calendar and the Gurgaddi Diwas of Sri Guru Har Rai Ji, who is remembered in Sikh history for his deep sensitivity to nature and its preservation.
Last year, over 2,000 Gurdwaras, schools, and organizations were involved in Sikh Environment Day, sharing what the gift of air, land, and water means to them!
This year we plan to reach Gurdwaras, schools, and organizations in Punjab and the Diaspora holding events celebrating the message of ‘Pavan Guru Pani Pita, Mata Dharat Mahat.’ From divaans to tree plantings, to installing solar panels to hosting workshops, from gardening to hearing stories from our elders, the day is a time for Sikhs to celebrate their connection with the environment.
By joining in, Sikhs across the world will share what the environment means to them, and raise awareness about the state of ecology across their spiritual homeland, Punjab.
Major Sikh bodies, including the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee will send messages throughout Punjab inviting all Gurdwaras to participate. Celebrations will also take place at Anandpur Sahib and hundreds of schools throughout Punjab.
This is an annual celebration planned by EcoSikh, an organization that was created as the Sikh community’s contribution to the 2009 Plans for Generational Change project, initiated by the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) . The project works with the major world religions on long-term plans to improve their relationship with the environment.
Gurdwaras and other participating bodies and organizations will also receive a compilation of selected shabads on the environment along with the Sikh Environment Day (Vatavaran Diwas) toolkit so that they can participate fully and actively in the March 14th celebrations. Everyone is encouraged to register as early as possible through an online form on the EcoSikh website.
Other useful links for SED-2015 at EcoSikh:
Registration for Sikh Environment Day 2015
SED Pledge Form for sangat
How to raise and care for a plant in your home or garden.