Guru Nanak’s Vision Can Save Punjab’s Ecology
18 December 2016, Ludhiana: EcoSikh convened over 30 organisations from all over Punjab to launch a focused green action plan. Washington based EcoSikh intends to build partnerships with a network of organizations from Punjab and from all over India on environment. Representatives from various Sikh organizations deliberated on EcoSikh program at Gurdwara Sarabha Nagar Ludhiana. The organizations discussed and created an annual calendar of environmental action to combat climate change and an awareness campaign based on Sikh environmental teachings. The four-point annual agenda included celebrations of Gurgaddi divas of seventh Guru, Sri Har Rai ji as Sikh Environment day on 14th March, farmers’ training on organic farming, environmental training of young children in summer camps and garbage-free green nagar kirtans. According to EcoSikh officials, the organization will be enlarging an environmental network throughout India and all over the world to implement this action program. Last year 3500 Sikh organizations, educational institutions and Gurdwaras took part in Sikh Environment day facilitated by EcoSikh.
EcoSikh India President, Supreet Kaur shared EcoSikh’s mission and the utmost necessity to prepare the society to mitigate the impact of climate change in the state. “Punjab’s current air and water crisis calls us to change the way we have lived and exploited the land. Our mission is to popularize eco-friendly lifestyles where air, water and land are treated with respect.”
Addressing the gathering, EcoSikh Youth Coordinator, Gursahib Singh shared the annual calendar for environmental action. “Celebrating Guru Har Rai’s enthronement day on March 14 is the most powerful tool to create a bond with Sikhs to address the pollution issues in the state.”
EcoSikh Project Manager, Ravneet Singh mentioned, “Since 2010, EcoSikh has successfully launched the green agenda in Punjab; like Organic Farming Training, Youth Environmental Leadership Training and motivating the Gurdwaras to hold Green Nagar Kirtans. We are open for collaboration to extend our outreach and spread the word to the masses.”
JS Sandhu shared his experiences and challenges the Gurdwara has faced in spearheading the environmental movement in Ludhiana. Bibi Ravinder Kaur President Gurdwara Sarabha nagar appealed the organisations to uplift the environmental issues and engage their local communities with action oriented plans like Sikh Environment day in March next year.
The event received the presence from an organic farmer Narinder Singh from Narangwal, Dr. Sarabjot Kaur from Gurmat Bal Sabha Ludhiana, Navneet Bhullar from APAAR Jalandhar, Committee members from Gurdwara Sarabha Nagar, Manjit Singh from Gurdwara E-Block BRS Nagar, Devinderpal Singh Model Gram Gurdwara Committee, Dr.Amandeep Bains from RBS Roots, Gurinderdeep Singh from Pharma Deptt Punjabi University, Dr. Amanpreet Singh GNI University Phagwara, Harpreet Kaur Vigaas Foundation, Jaskirat Singh from Webrosoft, Harjeet Kaur from Young Flares, Prabhsharan Singh from Gurmat Gian Missionary College, Young Sikh Movie Directors Satdeep Singh, Gurkaran Singh, Manjot Singh, Sukhmanjot Singh, Kunwar Raj Singh. Amongst individual environment lovers were; Dilsher Singh, JPS Pahuja.