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“Walk the talk”: Hindus tell Church of England

fairford church by Holly Hayes

fairford church by Holly Hayes

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Hindus have blamed Church of England for double standards over the issue of environment.

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Douglas Williams should clarify where he and the Church stood on the issue of bauxite mining by a company in remote tribal area of Orissa (India) in which Church of England reportedly had a financial stake and which the environmentalists described as devastating to the area environment.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed that Church of England should practice what it preached. Its Environmental Policy stated: “The whole creation belongs to God.  As human beings we are part of the whole and have a responsibility to love and care for what God has entrusted to us as temporary tenants of the planet.  We are called to conserve its complex and fragile ecology, while recognising the need for responsible and sustainable development and the pursuit of social justice.”

It has said, “We are not consumers of what God has made; we are in communion with it”, and “…challenge itself and all members of the Church of England to make care for creation, and repentance for its exploitation, fundamental to their faith, practice, and mission…”

Rajan Zed pointed out that Church of England was member of Church Investors Group (CIG), an ecumenical gathering of 37 investors connected with the Churches of Britain and Ireland launched in 1973, which encouraged members to “formulate policies relating to investment that are based on Christian ethical principles” and which seeks to “reflect the moral stance and teachings of our faith in our investment portfolios”.

Zed also asked the CIG to investigate whether Church of England’s investment in this concerned multinational mining company (headquartered in London) met the “ethical principles and moral stance” set-up by CIG. The Church of England has reportedly about 4.1 million dollars stake in this mining company.

According to reports, area tribes view the mountain where mining is proposed as sacred and they have stressed that their traditional and sustainable lifestyle and culture would be disturbed by mining. Environmentalists have asked for a halt in this project arguing that the area is ecologically sensitive and mining would result in displacement, deforestation, affecting water sources, wildlife and ecosystems destruction, water pollution, complicity in human rights violations, etc. Area is said to be home of some endangered species.

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Hindus urge their temples worldwide to become “green”

Goddess by Nick & Kirsten

Goddess by Nick & Kirsten

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Hindus have urged their temples worldwide to become “green temples”.

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a release in Nevada (USA) today, said that we should make our temples more environmentally friendly places in order to provide environmental leadership in the community; to give devotees a healthy, toxic-free sacred place; and to preserve God’s creation for present and future generations.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that humanity was facing a threatening ecological crisis and Hindus would not stay out as silent spectators. He urged all Hindu religious leaders and groups to openly bless the environmental causes, as faith coming out in support of the environment would be a remarkable signal.

Rajan Zed pointed out that ancient Hindu scriptures, especially Atharva-Veda, were highly respectful of mother nature..

Zed said that there was no common single formula for temples to become green as every temple was structured differently. Various categories where temples could work to become green included making purchases, temple services, education/information and social care, transportation, waste management, energy usage, etc., environment friendly.

Highlight the environment related issues given in the scriptures, undertake energy-saving survey of the temple buildings and become energy efficient, choose environment friendly products, limit usage of cleaning chemicals, purchase energy saving appliances/devices/machines, switch-off lights/computers/machinery when not in use, limit water usage, plant more trees, install eco-friendly energy supply, use temple grounds in environmentally friendly ways, etc., Zed stresses.

Rajan Zed argued that world religions should develop a global partnership to check the increasing greenhouse gas emissions and atmospheric ozone concentrations. Religion was the most powerful and far-reaching force in our society and could prove very influential in handling concerns like ecological responsibility.

Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion followers and moksha (liberation) is its ultimate goal.


Unique Gandhi festival in America

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A unique first of its kind eco-friendly festival celebrating Mahatma Gandhi’s life and message will be held in Nevada (USA) on Jul 26.

According to Tom Stille and Doug Keeney, coordinators of this Gandhi Fest; drummers, fire spinners, artists, healthy and organic food chefs, yoga teachers, DJs, and sustainable living advocates will join hands to celebrate peace, love, freedom, non-violence, self-power and conscious living as promoted by Gandhi.

Rajan Zed, acclaimed Indo-American leader, will be the keynote speaker who will talk about Gandhi’s life, philosophy, and experiments, and answer questions of the participants during this festival.

To be held at River School Reno, this festival will continue till two am, and will include folk dancing, musical performances, sustainable goods displays, nature tours, fire spinning, kite flying, yoga shows, organic food demonstrations, etc. Each festival participant will artistically contribute to a “Gandhi collage”, to be created on the occasion. A competition will be held to make Gandhi sketches. Plans are being formed to make this Gandhi Fest an annual feature.

There is a renewed interest world over in Mahatma Gandhi and his ideas, who is universally venerated as one of the paramount moral, political, and social leaders of the recent history, Rajan Zed adds.

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enron the smartest guys in the room – Trailer

enron the smartest guys in the room – Trailer

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The Water of Life

water.jpgMaude Barlow is a Canadian activist and author who’s published a book called Blue Covenant.

In an interview on TVO she said that lack of water is the #1 killer of children around the globe.

But that’s not all. You can watch the video here »

And read more in this excerpt from her book »


Jeremy Rifkin Lecture

60x60_video_icon_white.gifRemember Entropy, that big bestseller of the early 80’s? Well, author Jeremy Rifkin is back in the spotlight, this week being featured on BBC’s HARDTalk. It was nice to actually watch something on TV that caught my attention without the lure of dazzling visuals. Rifkin seems to be a sincere, well-intentioned man. And from looking through Entropy several years ago I know that he’s also a very well-educated one.

Rifkin makes some interesting points about the need for a new energy grid that works on principles much like the internet. That is, we all produce and share energy in the future, just as we do with information on the web today.

Of course, to say that we all ‘share’ information on the web is a bit simplistic. There’s still a hierarchy and pecking order. But it’s also true that the internet is more egalitarian and open to personal innovation than, say, newspapers, magazines and TV–these being some of the ‘old standards’ for knowledge dissemination.

I tried to find the BBC HARDTalk interview on youtube but it’s too recent and hasn’t appeared yet. But I did find a fairly recent Rifkin lecture. And here, something just felt wrong when I watched it. I guess my biggest beef with this video is that Rifkin says we should let the machines (i.e. technology) speed up but stay put as human beings. To my mind that doesn’t leave much room for species evolution. It may be our calling and thus responsibility to not just linger in some kind of slow-motion ‘contentedess’ while our machines whiz around us. Instead, we probably will have to speed up (i.e. multitask) along with them. Otherwise some kind of fundamental balance could be lost. Multitasking as a species may be a challenge. But has evolution ever been easy?

Here’s the video…


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