Today is Blog Action Day – a day when thousands of bloggers commit to blog (write) on a topic to create awareness and initiate discussion around an issue of global importance. This year’s issue is Climate Change.
Hinduism has always stressed the need for living in harmony with nature and almost all the elements in Nature are part of worship in Hindu religion – Sun, moon, wind, plants, animals, mountains, rivers… They have been included in the daily worship of Hindus by our Sanatana Dharma tradition after realizing that all animate and inanimate rise and fall in the Supreme Being and that each element is interdependent and very essential for the survival of living beings.
But climate change trigged by human greed is rapidly affecting many elements worshipped by Hindus and the most important among it is River Ganga. (Since the topic here is climate change I am ignoring pollution which is the greatest threat to Ganga.)
Gangotri glacier, which provides up to 70 percent of the water of the
This means Ganga Ma will disappear during the summer season – bringing the life of millions of people to a standstill – leading to large scale migrations and social and economic problems. The death of
If we don't act now, there will be no Mother Ganga to offer prayers and rituals. The water of
Hindu scriptures are full of stories and lessons about the pitfalls involved in excessive materialistic life. Global warming and Climate Change are the products of this excessive materialism and economic greed.
For Hindus, the
So what can an individual who is reading this article do? Create awareness, discuss, spread the news, get informed about the dangers of climate change – this will put pressure on the political bosses to act. Make climate change an election issue. Buy only green products. Stop purchasing the products of those companies and countries that do little to stop global warming - Gandhiji shook the very basis of British Empire by boycotting foreign made goods.
A couple of years ago the whole of
Can’t we start a similar campaign to Save Ganga – which is a lifeline to millions of people in