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Who is Taking Part – Sikh Environment Day 2013

Boley Soo Nihaal ! Sat Sri Akal ! 1505 organisations, till today. Many still registering…
Editors note: this page is updated regularly so click this link here for the fresh entries.
1500 WordleWelcome to the timeline for the third Sikh Environment Day on March 14, 2013. Last year more than 1008 Sikh gurdwaras, schools, businesses and communities took part, planting trees, creating gardens, organising clean-ups. Read about Sikh Environment Day 2012 here.
This year we targeted that 1500 gurdwaras, schools, businesses and communities should take part in Sikh Environment Day 2013 by doing something positive, thoughtful and wonderful for their environment.
Please let Ravneet Singh ([email protected]) or register on our beautiful on-line registration forms to let us know what your gurdwara, school, business or community plans to do to mark this auspicious anniversary. And we will add this information to this page. This page is a sharing, on how we all are celebrating Sikh Environment Day 2013. It is a gift to the earth that will last, and do good, for a long time to come. Tell us your ideas. Inspire us with your actions.

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Manjit-S-GK-DSGMC-President1March 10, 2013; Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee is celebrating the Sikh Environment Day in all its 20 Khalsa Schools in the capital. They are also planning for a flower exhibition at Rakab Ganj Sahib on March 13 celebrations, plus slide show Sikh Vision on Environment.
March 10, 2013; City of Whittlesea and Supreme Sikh Council of Australia Inc., Australia has planned various activities in their community, plans to be updated later.
March 10th, 2013, Gurdwara Singh Sabha Model Town Extension, Ludhiana; Kirtan/Katha on the theme of environment and speech about Styrofoam and the issue of water will be shared with sangat.
United SikhsMarch 9th, 2013; United Sikh, North America in collaboration with EcoSikh is planning to outreach all their members and sangat about Sikh Environment Day. They have planned kids activities at their respective schools to spread the word. They have shared desires for long term plans to collaborate with EcoSikh for environment projects.
March 9th, 2013; Dr. BS Brar from Nihal Singh Wala Village in Moga has brought together 20 different organisations from that area for celebrations on March 14. They have planned for planting 500 trees around Gurdwaras and cremation ground, they are trying maximum for Gulmohar, Chakrasia and Amaltas trees to plant,a seminar for School students. They will launch an environment organisation in their village named PETALS- Patto Eco Tree And Landscape Society, Patto is the name of another village collaborating and hiring Green Cops to take care of the new trees.
March 9th, 2013; Satbir Singh from Batala is organising plantation drive in his colony and neighbouring Schools.
March 9th, 2013; Basant Vihar, a colony at Ludhiana organised an evening event today on saving water and reduce the Styrofoam in their community park. Slide shows and YouTube movies were shown by VMAD club members and youth.
5. Vmad LogoMarch 9, 2013; VMAD club’s volunteer Parminder Singh and Pavneet Singh outreached several Gurdwaras at Ludhiana and inspired the sangat to celebrate Sikh Environment Day. The gurdwaras include Gurdwara Sec 32, Chandigarh Road, Patshahi Chhevi, Gurdwara Baba Than Singh Chowk, Guru Granth Sahib Shabadi Jatha, and Gurdwara Kalgidhar as well. The duo also visited Mini Rose Garden, Ludhiana and shared the message of Sri Guru Har Rai and inspired general public to reduce the use of Styrofoam and disposables and keep the city clean and pollution free.
March 9th, 2013; Tapvir Singh from Doraha, an owner of School, plans to celebrate Sikh Environment Day in April at School premises. Updates later !
March 9th, 2013; Ravinder Singh Mehta from Jalandhar retired Principal of MGM Public School plans to outreach 20 different schools and academies across Punjab to spread the word and have them celebrate Guru Har Rai’s Gurgaddi diwas in April, as new session begin. Updates later!
imagesMarch 9th, 2013; Founder and President Pakistan Sikh Council and now EcoSikh Ambassador of Pakistan Ramesh Singh approached 35 Gurdwaras in Pakistan to celebrate March 14 as Sikh Environment Day. Updates later!
March 9th, 2013; Gillco Flour Mills at Ludhiana will be sharing the message of Sikh Vision on Environment with their staff of 40 and their families, they will emphasize on saving water in the mill and for domestic use. Dharminder Gill has also shared his will to cover his neighbouring two villages for similar events.
March 9th, 2013; Gurdwara Sacha Dhan, Mohali in collaboration with Kalgidhar Sewak Jatha and Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle are organise kirtan darbar.
March 9th, 2013; A passionate young kirtania from Ludhiana Gurpreet Singh Baba Bakala, will be spreading the message of Sri Guru Har Rai Ji through Gurbani Kirtan at various places on 13th and 14th March and later he will always keep this issue as one of his major agenda in every kirtan darbar he is invited to.
March 8th, 2013; Guru ka Taal, Agra has accepted EcoSikh’s invite to celebrate March 14 at the Gurdwara. Baba Niranjan Singh ji welcomed the idea with high passion and promised for katha and kirtan programme at Gurdwara.
March 8th; 2013; Bhai Raja Singh Missionary is volunteering with EcoSikh to outreach a few schools and Gurdwara Patshahi Nauvi at Basti Shekh in Jalandhar. More updates later !
March 8th, 2013; Gurdwara at Kiran Vihar, Ludhiana, will share the impact of Styrofoam and disposables usage on air, water, land and health. The community have also decided to develop the community park and plant flower bearing and shady trees on the occasion of Sikh Environment Day.
DSCN1500 - CopyMarch 8th, 2013; Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana; decided for ‘Go Green’ plantation drive along with the pictorial installation of Barahn Mahan (Majh) at Gurdwara Museum. They are also planning for bicycle rally in April.
March 8th, 2013; Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, Mohalli, conducting seminar and creating awareness through Sikh Vision on Environment PowerPoint Slide Show. Updates later!
March 8th, 2013; Association of Chandigarh Gurdwaras took the agenda of environment protection and reduction of Styrofoam and disposables at their Gurdwaras and Nagar Kirtans. The association Secy General, Harjit Singh has confirmed to take action in April during major Baisakhi events in the city.
March 8th, 2013; Sikh Society of Central Florida, Oviedo, Florida; Kirtan, Katha and Power point presentation to spread awareness on the theme of environment protection and what roles Sikhs can play.
jakaraMarch 8th, 2013; Jakara Movement Sacramento and Sacramento Tree Foundation: Plantation drive will be carried out on 9th March in a community park in Woodland California and on 23rd March in a wildlife preserve in Elk Grove, California.
March 8th, 2013; Gurdwara Saheb Charmahal, Hydrabad, Andhra Pradesh plans for kirtan and katha on the theme of environment, plant distribution, environment notice board showcasing Gurbani phrases related to nature. In coming future, they see a possibility for green nagar kirtan and eco-friendly features (solar energy and water recycling) in Hyderabad.
March 7th, 2013; Gurdwara Raj Khalsa, Sterling, Virginia; planned to organise Kirtan and katha on the theme of environment and art competition for kids for Sikh Environment Day celebrations.
March 7th, 2013George Sikh Assoc; George Mason University Sikh Student Association, Fairfax, Virginia will be helping out with celebrations at the local Gurdwaras. They will be organising a workshop with Environment Sustainability Student organisation in the campus in honor of our Eco-Guru Guru Har Rai Ji.
March 7th, 2013; Gurdwara Kalgidhar Singh Sabha, Ludhiana: the Gurdwara has invited EcoSikh to share the message of Sri Guru Har Rai ji with sangat during the Sikh New Year and Environment Day celebrations on 13th March. The Gurdwara is the central place of the old city part and gathering of around 3000 is expected. The program will be telecasted live on local television channel on fast way.
Nanak , 3 X 4 ft.,Oil on Canvas, 2002March 7th, 2013; Arpana Caur, prominent Sikh artist from New Delhi, shared her work on Sikhi And Environment with EcoSikh for online display and use. The work truly describes the relationship of Kudrat and Kadar (God and His Creation). Check out her high resolution files at Flickr and make your favourite one as your FaceBook profile on March 14.
March 6th, 2013; Eleven more individuals from various places have committed via online registration that they will bring plant saplings to their Gurdwara, talk to Gurdwara committee to celebrate March 14 as Sikh Environment Day, go out for a nature walk with kids and family, gift plants to family or friends, nurture a plant etc. The list includes: Kawaljit Kaur from Paris, Gajinder Singh from Maryland, Shahbaz Singh from Bahadurpur, Dr. Manvir Gupta from Kotkapura, Mandeep Singh from Dhanbad, Sukhpreet Singh, Kolkata, Swarnjit Singh Cameotra from Chandigarh, Joydeep Singh from Jammu, Simarleen Singh from Ludhiana, Inderpal Singh Gumer from Texas, Partap Singh from Peru.
March 6th, 2013; Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana will be screening the slide show on the theme of ‘A Sikh Vision on Environment’. A clean up drive will also be carried out by the college students, staff and National Social Service Cadets.
sgpc logoMarch 6th, 2013; Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandhak Committee (SGPC), Amritsar, Punjab: President SGPC Avtar Singh Makkar announced that Gurdwaras across Punjab and Haryana will monitor 14th March as Sikh Environment Day along with SGPC schools and colleges. SGPC has 78 Gurdwaras, 11 aided colleges and 31 Khalsa schools. Plantation will be done along with Kirtan/Katha on the theme of environment.
March 6th, 2013; Gurdwara Roanoke, Virginia, USA is planning for Kirtan and Katha on the theme of environment, introducing eco-friendly features (solar energy or water recycling) in the Gurdwara building and increasing green patch in and around the Gurdwara.
March 6th, 2013; Group of Malwai Cultural Society, Mansa, Punjab will be holding a seminar on environment protection based on Gurbani, plantation drive or a ceremonial tree planting. The organisation will also be contacting around 80 schools to celebrate this day through eco-assembly and pledge.
March 6th, 2013; Gurdwara Sikh Simran Sewa, Peru, South America has planned to start a plantation drive on the occasion of Sikh Environment Day.
Powerpoint cropMarch 5th, 2013; Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, Maryland, USA registered to celebrate Sikh Environment Day, they have plans for activities for kids as last years plus kirtan and  speech on Guru Har Rai Ji and slideshow in Sikh Vision on Environment.
March 5th, 2013; Gurdwara Sheeshmahal, Kirtapur Sahib, Punjab: Celebrations will be held at the Gurdwara. The revival of Naulkha Bagh of Sri Guru Har Rai Ji is on its way. Plantation drive is going on. Kirtan and katha on the theme of environment will be shared with the sangat. Watch Naulakha Baag Video here.
March 5th, 2013; Gurdwara Bridgewater (GSSA), New Jeresy, USA will be focussing on Kirtan and Katha on the theme of Gurbani. They will also be showcasing environment focused Gurbani phrases in the Gurdwara premises or notice board and will increase the green patch in and around the Gurdwara.
titleMarch 4th, 2013; Sikh Foundation of Virginia, USA has already started with the long celebrations. They will be sharing power point presentation with the sangat and reciting kirtan from Eak Bageecha on March 14th. They also plan to introduce solar energy and water recycling the Gurdwara building. Apart from this they plan for Katha on the theme of environment, plant distribution, ceremonial tree plantation, environment notice board with Gurbani phrases in the Gurdwara premises, increasing green patch and planning for green nagar kirtan on the upcoming gurpurabs.
March 4th, 2013; Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha , Hertfordshire, UK. The youth club active at the Gurdwara called Khalsa Roots is planning to distribute a pot and plant to nurture to children as young as 5. The Gurdwara will also distribute plants among sangat for March 14 celebrations.
March 2nd, 2013; DAV School, Phillour; has planned to create awareness among masses through multimedia. The students and staff will deliver the message of Sri Guru Har Rai Ji via powerpoint presentations, speeches and poster and flyers in the surrounding community and villages. They will carry on the project for the whole year.
C-FootprintMarch 2nd, 2013; Tavleen Foundation of Indore, MP has created an inspirational  Tavleen Eco-Booklet PDF as a tribute to Sri Guru Har Rai Sahib, check out our EcoSikh Featured news about Tavleen.
March 2nd, 2013; Dagshai Public School, Solan, Himachal Pradesh is planning to celebrate Sikh Environment Day in a way that can bring home the message to all students. Activities include poster display, cleaning of the school campus from all non-friendly items, tree plantation including fruit bearing and ornamental trees, lectures and Kirtan by students and lastly lectures by specialists emphasizing how and what role they can play and contribute to environment protection. Check out Dagshai’s last years video.
March 2nd, 2013; Kanwar Satnam Singh Khalsa High School, Jallandhar, Punjab will inspire its students through seminar and activities related to Environment protection on the theme of Gurbani.
March 1st, 2013; Gurdwara Sahib Sukh Sagar, British Columbia, Canada; celebrations of March 17th will be dedicated to Sri Guru Har Rai ji and Kirtan and katha on the theme of environment will be done. They will also hand out approximately 200 tree saplings to the sangat. They are also planning to take green initiatives for the future nagar Kirtans.
March 1st, 2013; Gurdwara Sikh Center of Orange County, California, USA plans to organise Kirtan/Katha on the theme of environment protection. Along with this, they will be doing ceremonial tree plantation.

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March 1st, 2013; Gurmat Gyan Missionary College, V-Making a Difference (VMAD) and EcoSikh Volunteers from Ludhiana will be holding a rally on March 10th. The motive is to create awareness through slogans. Approximately 200 families, students, senior leaders and volunteers are expected to join. Along with this the college plans to cut down the use of Styrofoam in their premises.
March 1st, 2013; Tavleen Foundation, Indore, MP, will be dedicating a very inspiring and informative 12 page booklet to Guru Har Rai Ji. It will be distributing in the  sangat along with a plant sapling.
March 1st, 2013; International Fateh Academy, Jandiala Guru, Amritsar will celebrate  March 14, Sikh Environment day, in their school. Details programme will be sent soon.
Jathedar JiFebruary 28, 2013; Jathedar Sardar Kulwant Singh Ji, from Takhat Sri Hazur Sahib released a message for Sikh community to plant one tree on the occasion of Sikh Environment Day on March 14 as a token of love for Guru Har Rai Ji, the Seventh Guru on his Gurgaddi Diwas. Read full press release and message from Jathedar Ji.
February 27, 2013; Village Lopon , Moga, Punjab, villagers and youth group will join the celebrations via plantation drive in their village and surroundings.
February 27, 2013; Philadelphia Sikh Society Gurdwara will also celebrate Sikh Environment Day along with the Sangat.
February 27, 2013; Singh Sabha Gurdwara Braddock Road, Fairfax, Virginia will be celebrating Sikh Environment Day.
February 26, 2013; Gurdwara Southall, London, Satinder Singh plans to celebrate with the sangat, detailed programme yet to confirm.
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February 26, 2013; Khalsa English High School, Kolkata, will celebrate Sikh Environment day on 12th March, the program includes kirtan, katha, cleanup drives, rally of the students and lectures on Sikh teachings about environment and much more to announce.
February 25, 2013; GuruTeg Bahadur Ji Foundation, Connecticut, USA, plan to do Kirtan and Katha on the theme of environment and install environment notice board showcasing Gurbani on nature.
February 25, 2013; Guru Gobind Singh Ji Academy,Connecticut, USA, Reena Kaur, Virsa Teacher plans to organise seminar and speech on environment, exhibition on restoration of ecology and install recycling bins in the Khalsa School.
SAVEFebruary 25, 2013; SAVE organisation, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, will celebrate Sikh Environment Day in April due to weather suitable for planting and involve school children and women. They will hold a community seminar on environment protection based on Gurbani, ceremonial tree plantation or plantation drive. They will organise quiz programme for all the students of Kashmir on 10th of April.
February 24, 2013; Gurdwara Sahib Hidden Falls, Michigan, USA, plans to hold Kirtan and katha Darbar on the theme of environment. They also plan for introducing eco-friendly features like solar energy and water recycling in the Gurdwara buildings.

Painting of Guru Har Rai Sahib by painter Rahi Mohinder Singh from Chandigarh

Painting of Guru Har Rai Sahib by painter Rahi Mohinder Singh from Chandigarh

February 23, 2013; Painter Rahi Mohinder Singh from Chandigarh gifted this paint work describing Guru Har Rai ji planting a tree with his disciple.
February 18, 2013; Guru Angad Institute of Sikh Studies, Virginia, USA has planned to celebrate Sikh Environment Day via Kirtan/Katha on environment theme. They will be holding a community seminar on environment protection based on Gurbani. Apart from this, they will engage the community in tree plantation or ceremonial tree planting, clean up drive and plant distribution.
February 21, 2013; Guru Nanak Foundation Association Gurdwara, Maryland, USA, will involve the sangat for Sikh Environment Day celebrations through Kirtan and Katha on the theme of environment. They also plan to install environment notice board in their Gurdwara premises and showcase Gurbani phrases that relate to nature.
February 21, 2013; Gurseva Organisation an NGO from Sutton Lane, London will celebrate Sikh Environment Day by reflecting on Gurbani through Kirtan and Katha programmes.
February 21, 2013; Tagi Tagi Sikh Temple, Tavua, Fiji, The management was involved in plantation drive since last two Sikh Environment Day. They have beautified the Gurdwara surroundings with flowery plants and shrubs. This year they will engage in ceremonial tree plantation and increase the green patch in Gurdwara. They will also install environment notice board in the Gurdwara.
February 18, 2013: Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, Durg Chhattisgarh is organising community cleanup drive along with plantation drive or ceremonial tree planting. They will reduce and recycle paper in the office as well.
February 17, 2013; Gurudwara Nishkam Seva, Taxas, USA will create awareness among sangat through Kirtan and Katha on the theme of environment and will hold ceremonial tree planting. The long trem plan is to increase the green patch in and around the Gurudwara.
February 16, 2013; Gurudwara Flower Enclave, Ludhiana will distribute 250 plant saplings on the occasion of Sikh Environment Day among sangat. The Gurudwara already has banned the use of Styrofoam cutlery in the langar hall and organised seminar on the issue of water.
February 16, 2013; Kalgidhar Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana joined the movement with Ten-Minutes Eco-Assembly. The students will take the pledge to save water, plant a tree and contribute in the cleanliness of the surroundings.
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Chief Khalsa Diwan: Students from chain of 40 schools of Sri Guru Har Krishan Public School will take the pledge (via an Eco-Assembly) to protect the environment through individual actions on the occasion of Sikh Environment Day.
Satnam Sarv Kalyan Trust: Over 300 schools across Punjab will involve its students through Ten Minutes Eco-Assembly, essay reading on the theme of Nearer to Nature Nearer to God and pledge to plant and nurture a tree this year, 2013.
Khalsa Multivarsity Educate Punjab Project: The organisation will enroll more than 450 schools all over the Punjab engaging the students and staff for Ten Minutes Eco Assembly and Environment Pledge. They will also give lecture on the disadvantages of Styrofoam products (cutlery and more).
February 19, 2013; Ganga Nursery, Zirakpur has started plating Medicinal herbs at Naulakha Garden of Sri Guru Har Rai Ji at Gurudwara Sheesh Mehal, Kiratpur Sahib which shall finish on March 14. Check Press Note.

GurSikh Family ClubFebruary 6, 2013; Gursikh Family Club from Ludhiana, (LINK) an organisation which comprises of over 100 families, plans for a club get together and celebrations on March 3rd, at Rose Garden, Ludhiana. They plan to include painting competition for kids, a powerpoint show, speech on environment plus they will bring plant gifts for all the members and extra plants to share with public to send out the message of Sri Guru Har Rai Sahib more powerfully.
February 6, 2013; Eighteen individuals from various places on various have committed via online registration that they bring saplings to their Gurdwaras, talk to the Gurdwara committee to celebrate March 14 as Sikh Environment Day, go out for a nature walk with kids, gift a plant to family or friends etc. The list includes; Tejinderpal Singh (Bathinda, Punjab), Swaran Singh (west Chandigarh), Tejinder Pal Singh (Jodhpur, Rajasthan), Harpreet Singh (Vikaspuri, New Delhi), Jasmeet Singh Madam (Jammu), Jasbinder Shergill (Village Khunda), Harjeet Singh ( New Delhi), Prabhjeet Kaur Minhas (Jallandhar), Simranjeet Singh (Ludhiana), Joginder Singh (Alwar, Rajasthan), Jeevanjot Singh (Faridkot, Punjab), Karandeep Singh (UP), Virpal Kaur
(Moga), Nisha Sidhu (Amritsar), Jaspreet Singh (Mullanpur, Ludhiana), Jaidev S. Anand (New Jersey, USA), Gurdeep Singh (Muzaffarpur, Bihar).
January 31, 2013; Gurdwara Sikh Cultural Society, Fishkill New York has been organising a kitan and katha diwan on environment. They have plans to increase their green patch and introducing waste recycle and solar plans as well. They will also display nature focused Gurbani on their Gurdwara notice board.
January 30, 2013; Jujhar Singh from Guru Nanak Dev Poly Technique College, Ludhiana would be organising a plantation drive at his college. And Guru Nanak Dev Poly Technique College, Faridabad Haryana plans for seminar and a speech on environment.
January 25, 2013; Divya Kalra from Ludhiana College of Engineering & Technology, Ludhiana is planning for seminar, painting, poetry and powerpoint show on environment at the college.
January 23, 2013; Vaish Public School from Rohtak, committed to start recycled paper for office to celebrate March 14.
January 19, 2013; a student Kalita Cheri from Lovely Professional University, Jallandhar is organising a poetry and painting competition to celebrate the day.
January 7, 2013; United Sewa Society of Jallandhar, Punjab has registered online and making plans for plantation drive or a ceremonial tree, eco-friendly commuting, reducing waste and recycling in their office at this Sikh Environment Day. They also plan for conducting community seminars on environment protection with the help of EcoSikh toolkit.
January 1, 2013; Punjab Environment Charity, Sukrit, will be celebrating the winners of the first Indian Ecofest competition for school and college students in March 2013, around Sikh Environment Day. The deadline is February 5. Link here for details.
December 19, 2012; Khalsa College International Public School,Amritsar registered for seminar, play on environment and a ceremonial tree to be planted during the month of March as a part of celebrations.
December 12, 2012; Alpine International Sen Sec School, Ludhiana plans for a seminar/speech on environment, recycling in office and installing environment notice board at their school as a way to bring a change this Sikh Environment Day.
December 6, 2012; Vatavaran, a strictly non-profit organisation from New Delhi, recently shared that they plan to use Sikh Environment Day Pledge Forms for sangat at various Delhi Gurdwaras and plans exhibition on environment to inspire Guru ki sangat with love for nature in Gurbani.

November 26, 2012: Takhat Sachkhand Sri Hazur Sahib, Nanded has sent plans for Sikh Vatavaran Diwas-2013, which includes a nature march or procession for mass awareness about environment safety and general cleanliness by students and staff from Khalsa School and Industrial Training Institute and Hazur Sahib Sangat. They have plans to involve the local MLA’s and MP’s to create meaningful outputs and projects following this Gurpurab. A special Kirtan Samagam focused on Nature and Guru Har Rai Sahib plus a plantation drive are being planned as well to celebrate this special day.
November 21, 2012; Will Duckworth, a deputy leader of Green Party Organisation of Dudley, UK plans to gift plants to relatives and talk about Sikh Environment Day. He also plans to go out for a nature walk with family and kids.

Kids with their school nursery

November 20, 2012: Government Primary School in village Kalwa, Haryana starts nursery to mark Sikh Environment Day 2013. A school with 50 young students, has initiated a school nursery project to mark this day. Each student contributes one and a half hour from the two activity periods every week. Read full press note HERE.
November 20, 2012. Four months before SED 2013, EcoSikh sent out an invitation to nearly 19,000 people on our mailing list, inviting everyone to celebrate Sikh Environment Day on March 14, 2014.