In an interview with MongaBay.com, Bandana Kaur, a Sikh ecologist and North American Program Director of EcoSikh, talks about her background and the faith-based approach that EcoSikh uses to address environmental issues:
The approach that faith gives to environmental issues — the approach that EcoSikh has worked with — is this idea of celebrating our own resources and our own traditions that connect to the environment. Working through this sense of renewal, the power of lots of people putting effort into one thing at the same time is the inspiration behind our movement.
One of EcoSikh’s initiatives is Sikh Environment Day (mentioned on this blog before), which has been celebrated over the past three years on the anniversary of the Guruship of Guru Har Rai in 1644. This initiative has been so successful that it was recently announced by the Sikh Jathedars — council of five Sikh leaders in India — that Sikh Environment Day will now been formally added to the official Sikh calendar.
“This is the first time in the history of Sikhism that a day has been set aside to pay attention to nature and to take steps to harness it following the teachings of our Green Guru, Guru Har Rai ji.” — Dr. Rajwant Singh, President of EcoSikh.
Read the full interview with Bandana Kaur at MongaBay.com.