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Lower Carbon Footprint of the Dead, Says India Court

The Ganges River, a source of spiritual purification for Hindus, is polluted. Every breath inhaled and exhaled at ashrams in Delhi, Jaipur, and Patna is polluted. Indians’ health is suffering as their country’s forests are disappearing. But last week, a federal environmental court took an important step to protect the Ganges, the air, the people, and the […]

February 8th

Prime Minister Modi Needs to Treat Nature as God

In Berlin this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that “Indians treat nature as God . . . we should ask the world about climate change. We believe exploitation of nature is a crime.” While I agree with Modi that India’s many ancient traditions recognize the importance of nature, I find this statement more than a […]

April 16th

India’s Aligarh Muslim University Focusing on the Environment

Focusing on “Environment and Commerce,” Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in Uttar Pradesh, India, recently held a five-day workshop to widen promotion of ongoing environmental protection and conservation programs. The AMU workshop was launched in conjunction with a World Bank funded project on “Environmental Assessment Capacity Building in South Asia,” partnering with the Indian Institute of […]

April 1st

Buddhist Leader Marches India for the Environment

In India, political and religious leaders continue to raise awareness for the environment. Last week, the Gyalwang Drukpa, the 12th spiritual head of the Drukpa lineage of Buddhism, started his seventh “Eco Padvatra” walk from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi to create awareness among people about keeping their surroundings clean. The walk not only […]

November 12th

India’s Sacred Rivers: Purity and Pollution

Hinduism is an ancient and highly complex religion. Because it is practiced in so many varied ways by such a large population of people, it’s nearly impossible to give it one precise description. But one thing all Hindus have in common is their reverence of water. With water, Hindus attain purity and avoid pollution — […]

October 1st