#WED2020 – Spotlight on Biodiversity

World Environment Day is celebrated every year on 5 June to focus the world’s attention on a pressing environmental issue. The Day strives to raise awareness and encourage action for the environment.

It offers an opportunity to reflect on accomplishments and renew our resolve in overcoming the environmental challenges facing the world today. Held annually since 1974, World Environment Day is a vital platform for promoting progress on the environmental dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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COVID-19 / Coronavirus Announcement

After careful thought and consideration, in light of the COVID-19 / Coronavirus pandemic, we are postponing and rescheduling all upcoming events and activities.

Please keep up to date with latest news and developments by following @ecosikhuk on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. 

Thank you for your support and understanding in these challenging times.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the ill and affected. We pray and hope for you and your loved ones to stay safe, well and connected.

Nanak Naam Charhdi Kala Tere Bhane Sarbat Da Bhala

ਨਾਨਕ ਨਾਮ ਚੜ੍ਹਦੀ ਕਲਾ ॥ ਤੇਰੇ ਭਾਣੇ ਸਰਬੱਤ ਦਾ ਭਲਾ ॥

O Lord Nanak, in thy name, with ascending spirits, may there be peace and well being to all.

Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji - The First Embodiment of Divine Light in Sikhi.
Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji – The First Embodiment of Divine Light in Sikhi

Gurudwara in Derby goes Plastic Free for Sikh New Year

Min Kaur, BBC Journalist interviews children at Ramgharia Sabha Gurudwara

Ramgarhia Sabha Gurdwara in Derby is starting the Sikh New Year by being one of the first in the UK to go plastic-free.

The children who attend the Gurudwara have been instrumental in lobbying the Gurudwara’s management committee to use alternatives to single-use plastic instead.

The children who attend the Gurudwara have been instrumental in lobbying the Gurudwara’s management committee to use alternatives to single-use plastic instead.

They asked that the management committee to make small changes, to help make a difference to the environment and help combat climate change. 

Karah Parshad (spiritual sweet food blessing made of wheat, ghee, water, sugar and prayers) is now distributed in environmentally friendly paper bags, whilst Guru ka Langar (the Guru’s blessed communal kitchen meal) is served in steel thalis (plates) and glass cups instead of single use plastic.

Prabhjyot Singh, Eco-Sikh UK says:

“The kids have played a huge part in leading the change here. They’ve been absolutely brilliant and have literally taken plastic out of the equation – saying that we don’t want to use plastic, we’d rather use metal plates, paper cups etc…”

Min Kaur, BBC Journalist for Newsround interviewed the children at the Gurudwara about why it was important for them to go plastic free. 

The piece was aired on 14th March to coincide with the Sikh New Year, also known as Sikh Vatavaran Diwas or Sikh Environment Day.

Sikh Environment Day – Celebrate the Sikh New Year with Boota Parshad

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Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Bara Maha or ‘twelve months’ composition in Raag Tukhari [i] says: 

‘In the month of Chet [ii], the splendour of spring has sprung and the bumble bee hums with joy’.

The bee is the mind which has received the blessing of eternal spring – the joyful state of balance and enlightenment. On 14th March, Sikhs across the world will celebrate Sikh Vatavaran Diwas or World Sikh Environment Day. Continue reading “Sikh Environment Day – Celebrate the Sikh New Year with Boota Parshad”

Community Canal Clean Up – Smethwick, Birmingham

Eco-Sikh UK teams up with the Canal and River Trust

Eco-Sikh UK teamed up with the Canal and River Trust for a community canal clean up on Saturday 29th February in Smetwick, on the outskirts of Birmingham.Continue reading “Community Canal Clean Up – Smethwick, Birmingham”

Trees For Derby – Shipley County Park, Derbyshire

Trees for Derby
Trees for Derby – Shipley County Park

Join us to plant 5000 trees to commemorate World Sikh Environment Day at Shipley County Park on Saturday 21st March 10am – 12pm. Continue reading “Trees For Derby – Shipley County Park, Derbyshire”

Tree Planting Day – Lampton Park, Hounslow

Tree planting Lampton Park, Hounslow
Tree planting Lampton Park, Hounslow

Hounslow’s Sikh community in collaboration with Hounslow Council planted an orchard in Lampton Park on Saturday 8th February to commemorate the 550th birth-anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.Continue reading “Tree Planting Day – Lampton Park, Hounslow”