Nature Sikh Environment Day On March 14


AMRITSAR: Come March 14, Sikhs around the world would be taking pledge to protect environment and follow the principle of "Pawan Guru, Pani Pita, Mata Dharat Mahat" as enshrined in Gurbani aiming to create awareness about nature conservation. "It's our moral duty to protect mother nature from the pollutants and not to let anyone plunder the natural resources, besides we should teach others to do the same," said Baba Sewa Singh K{censored}wawale and an environmentalist. He said every Sikh should take the initiative to keep surroundings clean and green.


Notably, all the five Sikh Takhts had in March 2013 endorsed and passed a resolution that Gurgaddi Diwas (coronation day) of the seventh Sikh Guru Har Rai should be celebrated as Sikh Environment Day every year, especially "in light of the rising global environmental crisis." Rajwant Singh, president of EcoSikh told TOI on Monday that they had invited all Gurdwaras and institutions to celebrate March 14 as Sikh Environment Day. Guru Har Rai is remembered in Sikh history for his deep sensitivity to nature and its preservation.

Sikh groups would take pledge for conservation of energy by turning off the lights while leaving room, collecting rain water to use for indoor plants, saying no to plastic bags at market and instead brining their own cloth bags and visiting a national park to learn about nature. Rajwant said that on Sikh Environment Day, hundreds of gurdwaras across India, United States, Canada, England and Australia would take part in celebrations by reciing shabads focused on the environment, holding ceremonial tree plantings and encouraging children to share reflections on the environment and Sikhism with the sangat.

"Gurdwaras around the world are also coming up with their own creative ways to celebrate the day, through children's environmental art displays, environmental nagar kirtans, recycling drives for used goods, and by creatively reducing the use of energy and water," he said.