Gopal is the Director of the Bhumi Project, based at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. The Project works with Hindu communities globally to encourage good environmental practice, based on Hinduism’s core teachings. In particular the Project encourages Hindu temples and pilgrimage sites to become greener. The Project also facilitates partnerships between Hindu and non-Hindu groups which have a common purpose to protect the environment.
This Friday, tens of millions of Hindus across the country will take dips in the sacred Shipra River as part of the Simhastha Kumbh Mela in Ujjain. However, the rivers in which we attempt to cleanse ourselves are heavily polluted. Even the air we breathe is in many areas among the most polluted in the world. This 22nd April represents an opportunity to resolve to change that.
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