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Hindu Temples and Religious Institutions Join In Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Thanks to the Kyoto Protocol for climate change, several Hindu Temples and religious institutions are now helping in reducing the gas emissions that are responsible for global warming. Tirupati Balaji Temple, Sringeri Mutt in Karnataka, Kalahasti Temple in Andhra Pradesh, and Ambaji Temple in Gujarat are now using solar community kitchens and similar applications to reduce emission of greenhouse gases.

The Kyoto Protocol for climate change has set specific carbon emission reduction targets for countries around the world. But most developed countries are not ready to meet the targets because cutting down on emissions will adversely impact their production and cost. Instead, they fund specific projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries and the points thus earned allows developed countries to meet the specific targets of Kyoto Protocol for climate change.

In India, Gadhia Solar Energy Systems Pvt. Ltd. in cooperation with Factor Consulting Management AG on behalf of the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) is implementing one such project. Under the project numerous schools and religious institutions have put up solar kitchens which feed thousands of people. The solar energy technology is used instead of diesel and firewood and produces zero emissions.

The temple kitchens in India feed millions of people. It would be a great achievement, if the kitchens of important temples can be eco-friendly.