LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In Sikh temples the world over, community kitchens offer free meals to anyone regardless of color, creed or caste. But the langars – as the kitchens are called – often distribute food grown with chemical pesticides, which can contribute to pollution and leak into rivers and streams. In 2015, a push by Sikh environmental groups drove the Golden Temple, the Sikh faith’s holiest which feeds 100,000 people daily, to start growing its own organic food to reduce its impact on nature. “There are many hints in our holy book to protect mother earth and to commit to the betterment of society for all life on earth,” said Ravneet Singh, South Asia manager of EcoSikh, a Sikh environmental group. “The most vulnerable entity on the planet is the planet itself – the forest, the water, the air, the soil,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a telephone interview. Many of the world’s religions consider nature sacred and religious leaders have increasingly come out in favor of protecting it – including by acting to curb climate change. Experts say religions, which connect with people’s emotions and personal lives, could help mobilize people in the fight against… Read full this story
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