Hindus back Pontifical Academy of Sciences’ call to “protect the habitat”

May 11, 2011
ANI Press Release

Hindus have supported the call of Pontifical Academy of Sciences to “people and nations” to “recognise the serious and potentially irreversible impacts of global warming”.

This 15-page Report by the Academy commissioned Working Group, posted on the Vatican website on May 10, declared: “We appeal to all nations to develop and implement, without delay, effective and fair policies to reduce the causes and impacts of climate change on communities and ecosystems, including mountain glaciers and their watersheds, aware that we all live in the same home… we must protect the habitat that sustains us…”

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that faiths coming out in support of the environment was a remarkable signal.

Zed, who is president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, urged all world religious leaders, religions and denominations to openly bless the environmental causes. Ancient Hindu scriptures, especially Atharva-Veda, were highly respectful of mother nature, he added.

We may believe in different religions, yet we share the same home—our Earth. We must learn to happily progress or miserably perish together. For man can live individually but can only survive collectively, Rajan Zed says quoting scriptures.

Pontifical Academy of Sciences, launched in 1603 and located in Vatican City, which includes many Nobel laureates with Werner Arber as President, claims to be the first exclusively scientific academy in the world. Roman Catholic Church headquartered in Vatican City and headed by Pope is the largest of the Christian denominations. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.