Hyderabad,India:According to a press statement dated: October 15, 2012 released by the EcoSikh, an NGO, the Sikh Educational Society and Sikhs in Hyderabad gave a warm welcome to EcoSikh, to receive EcoSikh’s environmental vision. Executive members from over 18 Gurdwaras and Social Sikh organizations joined this meeting at Hotel Katriya, Hyderabad today.
EcoSikh India Manager, Ravneet Pal Singh gave a presentation on the concept of Greening of Sikh Gurdwaras and Sikh traditions, which was very well received and appreciated by the passionate Sikh leaders of the city. He said that “Gurdwaras are our house of learning and sharing values, our Gurus have blessed us with the most valued lessons of protecting our nature. All what we preach and practice at our Gurdwaras becomes mandatory for us to follow at our homes and life. Let’s us practice Gurbani for welfare of the living planet, earth.”
It was a remarkable effort by the city Sikhs who took this great opportunity to assemble when Sikh delegation from EcoSikh, Sri Hazur Sahib, Nanded, SGPC, and WWF Punjab were there to attend to the XI CBD by UNO.
DP Singh Chawla, from Takhat Sri Hazur Sahib motivated the South Indian Sikh Community to commit to EcoSikh cause, he promised them all for full support. He added that, “We should all commit for planned Sikh Environment Day celebrations on March 14 every year and prepare our kids to come up for the planet’s well being.”
The Deputy Director of Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC), UK was also present in the congregation. She shared how the world is looking forward to every faith to come forward and to lead in their way of religious beliefs to counter the global warming, and making their religious ceremonies and traditions more environmentally friendly. “We know the Sikh communities’ utmost dedication from the history of Sikhs who fought for UK during the II world war, and now the world has high hopes from Sikhs to contribute for wellbeing of earth and its environment.”
S. Roop Singh from SGPC inspired the Sikhs with sharing their environment initiatives and the best practices by the committee in Amritsar, he also said,”A Sikh is duty bound to protect environment and making his religious and social practices in harmony with nature.”
During the commitments and pledge session the Sikhs from Hyderabad announced that they will take ample steps to share the EcoSikh vision by showing EcoSikh Video with the sangat in all the Gurdwaras for awareness, making their nagar kirtans Green and celebrating Sikh Environment Day every March 14. They also shown curiosity in the immense use of ‘Environment Notice Board’ in raising funds for their major environment projects in their Gurdwara buildings in the coming times.
This short notice congregation was well coordinated by EcoSikh Hyderabad Coordinator, Swaran Singh who is a software engineer and prominent sewadar in the community and has a wonderful passion for Gurbani and environment.