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United Sikhs Green Action In Sydney, Australia

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Sydney, Australia: UNITED SIKHS volunteers embarked on a journey to celebrate the internationally acclaimed United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) - World Environment Day at their local Gurudwaras throughout Sydney, partnering with Gurudwaras to promote conservation and protection of the environment through methods from solar power promotion to tree planting.

Recognizing the ever increasing burden on our environment and the immediate need to take steps to preserve and restore the environment, our efforts included planting trees, changing existing light bulbs for energy efficient globes, cleaning up the local environment of non biodegradable garbage, and raising awareness of environmental issues within the Sikh Community.​

UNITED SIKHS volunteers planting citrus trees at the event

The awareness raising effort assisted to stimulate thought-provoking knowledge and understating which in turn enhanced public action towards the needs regarding the environment. Since Gurdwara Simran House Minto will be undergoing renovations soon, we spoke to the head Granthi, Mr. Jasvinder Singh, who agreed to consider the inclusion of solar paneling into the budget of renovations for the new Gurdwara building. Furthermore, at Austral Gurdwara, the planting of citrus fruit trees and the setting up of a compost bin with the next Children’s Kirtan Program later this month will encourage children to participate in joint efforts to protect the environment and facilitate recognition of environmental issues within the local communities. At both Simran House Minto and Austral Gurudwaras, volunteers and community members celebrated World Environment Day by cleaning up their premises of non-biodegradable rubbish.​

Volunteers also planted citrus fruit trees and installed energy efficient lights at the Revesby Gurudwara under the direction of the Gurudwara’s enthusiastic chairman, Mr. Ranbir Singh, who was very pleased with the volunteers who contributed to the World Environment Day efforts. Within the next few weeks, we will be working on presenting a report regarding the installation of Solar Paneling at Revesby Gurdwara, in order to maximize efforts to protect the environment and to eventually reduce energy costs for the Gurudwara.​

Commenting on the day’s events, Ravinder Singh, Director, UNITED SIKHS stated, “We would like to thank all the Sydney Gurudwaras who willingly contributed to the events that led to the successful execution of World Environment Day. More importantly, we would like to extend our warmest gratitude to the local Gurudwaras for assisting in raising awareness of environment and climate change issues. UNITED SIKHS looks forward to working in collaboration with all Australian Gurudwaras on future initiatives.”​

UNITED SIKHS would also like to extend their appreciation to all the volunteers who contributed to the first successfully executed UNITED SIKHS World Environment Day Project.​

You may read a previous press release on UNITED SIKHS community advocacy and empowerment at: UNITED SIKHS Press Release 1206200900
 

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