On Wednesday, February 19th, the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and HUMSoc, the Hindu student group at Oxford University, will celebrate Hindu Environment Week. The Centre’s weekly Wednesday luncheon will feature locally grown, organic food. HUMSoc will host a talk by representatives of the Bhumi Project, and a discussion afterwards. Both events will take place at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies on Magdalen Street.
Both are part of a series of events taking place across the world during Hindu Environment Week. For the first time in history, Hindus worldwide are coming together for a week-long celebration of the environment. Hindu Environment Week, taking place from 17th-23rd February, will see Hindu leaders, communities, temples and organisations raising awareness about the importance of caring the planet.
Launched in Varanasi in October 2013, Hindu Environment Week will see a variety of Hindus taking part in a number of events.
Some of the highlights of the Week include:
The Week is being organised by The Bhumi Project - a joint initiative between the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and the Alliance of Religions and Conservation. Launched in 2009 at Windsor Castle with HRH Prince Philip and HE Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the UN, the Project works with Hindu groups across the world to address environmental concerns.
Gopal Patel, Project Manager for the Bhumi Project commented, “Hindu traditions have much to say about good environmental care. We hope through this Week those messages are shared with as many people as possible and people begin to make practical changes in their lives to take better care of the environment.”
NOTES FOR EDITORS
There are over 800,000 Hindus in the UK, making them the second largest minority community in the country.
Key Hindu texts such as Atharva Veda discuss the environment, and its importance to human and animal life in great detail. Compassion for all life is therefore considered to be a key tenet of Hinduism.