Sikh Leader Tells Followers Protecting Environment Their Moral & Religious Duty

goldentemple & akal takht photo

In Amritsar, India the Akal Takht building is on the left with the gold top. The one of the right in Harimandir, better known (for obvious reasons) as the Golden Temple. Photo: Jasleen Kaur via flickr.

I've long said that the thing that will push the green movement into the mainstream is once religious organizations begin telling their members that preserving the environment is a moral imperative. Here's one more example of that: The Economic Times reports that the Akal Takht, the highest temporal authority in Sikhism, has issued a statement to Sikhs throughout the world that preserving and restoring the environment was their "moral and religious duty":Akal Takht Jathedar (a title signifying an ordained leader of the Sikh clergy) Gubachan Singh said:

Wherever in the world [Sikhs] may be, your focus should no be on cleaning up of natural water resources rather than build gurudwaras [temples].

The Jathedar made the announcement on the banks of the Kali Bein river in Sultanpur Lodhi, which nine years ago was severely polluted and which the Akal Takht help clean by organizing and engaging the local community.

Founded in the 15th century on the teachings of Guru Nanak, Sikhism is the fifth largest religion in the world, counting 23 million followers throughout the world, though by far the largest number are in Punjab, India.

via: Economic Times
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