ISKCON Launches Global Environmental Initiative

April 22—Aligned with the world celebration of Earth Day 2022, ISKCON is launching a worldwide environmental initiative to help native temples, communities, and households in higher ‘strolling our speak” by residing extra environmentally acutely aware and sustainable existence.

“Many devotees assume that as a result of we’re strict vegetarians, we’ve carried out all we have to do for the surroundings,” stated Shyamananda Krishna das (Dr. Sreenivasulu Chadalavada), an environmental scientist and Co-Director of the ISKCON Environmental Initiative (IEI). “There are many sensible steps we have to undertake to observe what we preach about easy residing and excessive considering, starting from banning single-use plastics, practising recycling and conservation, power conservation, wastewater administration, and extra,” he advises.

The IEI offers an array of assets for communities, together with the “Three Tiers’ set of benchmarks for turning into a ‘inexperienced temple’; a web based neighborhood self-assessment instrument; an announcement on The Ecotheology of Our Tradition, written by IEI group member Krishna Kishore das (Dr. Chris Fici); references from Srila Prabhupada and sastra concerning the significance of caring for the Earth;, easy protocols to implement and observe environmental sustainability; service descriptions for native IEI coordinators, and extra.

ISKCON Environmental Initiative

“Our world group is offering assets, however we all know that success will rely on native devotees in each neighborhood,” stated Kamala Priya devi dasi, the IEI Coordinator for Europe. “We are particularly calling on the youth in our Krishna communities to step up and take management in native areas to guard the planet, and to information our communities to be extra sustainable.”

ISKCON Leadership all over the world has voiced sturdy help of IEI. The Governing Body Commission (GBC) resolved in 2021, because the mission was in growth, that “The GBC strongly encourages all ISKCON temples, communities, and initiatives, and wherever doable particular person devotees, to use the rules and tips [provided by IEI] of their each day lives and practices.” The North American Council, the European Regional Governing Body, and the Australian National Council have additionally formalized their help.

In preparation for this week’s launch, Regional Coordinators have been chosen up to now for 4 areas: North America (Prashant Rajurkar), Europe (Kamala Priya dasi), and South Africa (Mukundanghri das), and Australasia (Shyamananda Krishna das). Other group members embrace GBC Member and IEI Co-Director Anuttama dasa, Ras Vilas das (Dr. Ramesh Goel) Professor of the Environmental Sciences University of Utah, Project Manager Premaprasad Radha Madhava Dasa, Visual Designer Govinda Sundar das, and Advisor Gopal Lila das (Director of Bhumi Global).

Recent Environmental Crises Have Proven the Need for Environmental Activism.

“Climate change has woke up the world to the necessity for critical way of life adjustments when it comes to our power use, waste administration, meals safety, safety of biodiversity, and extra,” says Ras Vilas. “ISKCON communities have themselves felt the impression of floods in Africa, fires in California, droughts (and floods) in Australia, excessive warmth in India, hurricanes in Florida, and so on.”

“We know that our philosophy requires residing an easier extra pure lifestyle, as Prabhupada said in ISKCON’s Seven Purposes,” stated Anuttama Dasa. “In addition to sharing tens of millions of vegetarian meals and cookbooks, sustaining many exemplary eco-farm communities, and defending cows, it’s time for ISKCON to turn into a frontrunner in organizing our communities to answer the environmental wants of our time and our planet.”

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