In addition to this sampling, you can view a YouTube playlist of Hinduism and Ecology videos here.
Native Youth Alliance, GreenFaith, ADAMAH, Hindu Climate Action: Youth Voices of Climate
EcoJustice for All Dialogues
Temple of Understanding
June 28, 2023
The Temple of Understanding ECO JUSTICE FOR ALL Dialogues present “Youth Voices on Climate From Religious and Spiritual Perspectives.” Madeline Canfield, Jewish Youth Climate Movement/ Adamah; Aashna Patel, Hindu Climate Action UK; Alethea Phillips, Earth Guardians, Native Youth Alliance; Aly Tharp, GreenFaith USA
Coalition of Hindus of North America
April 22, 2023
Join a conversation with Dr. Pankaj Jain, an internationally recognized academic leader in sustainability, as we probe the impact of Dharmic principles on Environmental stewardship and find inspiration for tracking issues with climate change.
EcoJustice for All Dialogies
Temple of Understanding
January 28, 2022
“The Urgency of the Ecological Crisis – A Buddhist and Hindu Perspective.” Dialogue with David Loy, Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center, Colorado, USA and Rajesh Purohit, Hindu Climate Action, Oxford, UK. Presented by the Temple of Understanding ECO JUSTICE FOR ALL Dialogue series.
January 17, 2022
This week, Spotlights features a clip from our episode with Dr. Pankaj Jain, Head of the Department of Humanities & Languages and Chair of The India Centre at FLAME University. We talk about the place of animals in Indian religion, culture, and ecology, including questions about vegetarianism, veganism, agriculture, and animal sanctuaries. Details for the full episode are available here: https://fore.yale.edu/blogs/entry/164…
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Dr. Pankaj Jain, FLAME University
January 10, 2022
This week's episode of Spotlights features Pankaj Jain, PhD, an internationally recognized academic leader in sustainability, Jain studies, film studies, and diaspora studies. He is the Head of the Department of Humanities & Languages and Chair of The India Centre at FLAME University. We discuss connections between dharma and ecology in Hinduism and Jainism, with particular attention to three books by Dr. Jain, Dharma and Ecology of Hindu Communities: Sustenance and Sustainability (Routledge, 2011), Science and Socio-Religious Revolution in India: Moving the Mountains (Routledge, 2016), and Dharma in America: A Short History of Hindu-Jain Diaspora (Routledge, 2019). He tweets at @ProfPankajJain, and his podcast #DiscoverIndia is on Spotify, Apple, Google, YouTube, Gaana, and other platforms. You can also find more information at his faculty website: https://www.flame.edu.in/faculty/pank…
Spotlights ~ Episode 45, Hinduism and Ecology
July 26, 2021
This week's episode of Spotlights features clips from three scholars of Hinduism and ecology, each of whom has a recently published book on that topic. First, we hear from Vijaya Nagarajan, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and in the Program of Environmental Studies at the University of San Francisco. She talks about her book, Feeding a Thousand Souls: Women, Ritual and Ecology in India — An Exploration of the Kōlam (Oxford University Press, 2018): https://feedingathousandsouls.com/ Second, we hear from David Haberman, PhD, Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. He discusses his latest book, Loving Stones: Making the Impossible Possible in the Worship of Mount Govardhan (Oxford University Press, 2020): https://global.oup.com/academic/produ… Finally, we hear from Christopher Key Chapple, PhD, Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology and founding Director of the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He discusses his newest book, Living Landscapes: Meditations on the Elements in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain Yogas (SUNY Press, 2020): http://www.sunypress.edu/p-6860-livin… Links to full episodes for each guest can be found below: Vijaya Nagarajan: https://youtu.be/3ccC7xjTBK0 David Haberman: https://youtu.be/8llnOY1lFMI Christopher Key Chapple: https://youtu.be/LKRONXyDoOQ
Hindu perspectives in addressing the global environmental crisis with Gopal D. Patel
Institute for Science and Spirituality Delhi
June 6, 2021
Gopal D. Patel (Gopal Lila das) has been a faith-based environmental activist, campaigner, and consultant for over 10 years, working in India, East Africa, Europe, and North America. He is Co-Founder and Director of Bhumi Global, a non-profit organization that works to educate and mobilize Hindu communities globally for environmental action. Working with the Hindu community internationally, the Bhumi project aims to raise awareness and address the environmental challenges facing our planet. Mr. Gopal has served in this capacity since 2010 and has helped Bhumi become a leading voice on environmental issues for the global Hindu community. He currently serves as co-chair of the UN Multi-faith Advisory Council and is a member of the Advisory Board to the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
May 31, 2021
This week's episode of Spotlights is the second part of a two-part interview with David Haberman, PhD, Professor and former Chair in the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. Last week, we talked about his work with religion and climate change. This week, we discuss his research into the worship of stones, rivers, and trees in northern India, with particular attention to his recent book, Loving Stones: Making the Impossible Possible in the Worship of Mount Govardhan (Oxford University Press, 2020). You can find more information about his work here: https://religiousstudies.indiana.edu/… More information about the book can be found on the publisher's website: https://global.oup.com/academic/produ…
The Sacred Ecology Of India by Dr Nanditha Krishna
Museum Society of Mumbai
May 1, 2021
The wisdom of ancient India recognized the importance of nature and natural resources. Every aspect of the environment was regarded as sacred plants, animals, mountains, forests, rivers, water bodies and even entire cities. By deeming them sacred, they were automatically protected. The Sacred Ecology was common to all Indian cultures and there is no part of India which was untouched by it. The ideal of the sacred ecology lives on to this day and is expressed in the form of sacred groves or forests which may not be destroyed, sacred animals which may not be killed, sacred plants that may not be harmed, sacred rivers which give life, sacred mountains that inspire awe and reverence, and so on. Unfortunately, with the advent of western science and technology, the traditional sacred ecology of India has given way to a new society where the importance of nature is subsumed by the demand for development and growing consumerism. As we are threatened by problems like global warming and climate change, it behoves us to recapture those traditions which protected the environment through several millennia.
Duke Undergraduate Environmental Union
March 20, 2021
The Environmental Justice Symposium 2021 is happy to present John Paul Jose. Kerala-born John Paul Jose’s journey with environmental activism began when he joined a protest against the Yettinahole project around five years ago. Later, in 2018, John set out to discover what steps India’s politicians were taking to address the climate crisis, as one of the Fridays For Future youth leaders in India. Now 22, he is still a passionate activist, criticising climate action (and the lack of it) from an Indian viewpoint, and especially how global warming affects India’s forests and ecosystems.
Spotlights ~ Ep. 23, Christopher Key Chapple, Loyola Marymount University
February 22, 2021
This episode features Christopher Key Chapple, PhD, Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology and founding Director of the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He shares his perspective as a scholar and practitioner of yoga, particularly with regard to the connections between yoga and ecology. He discusses his new book, which explores elemental meditations across different traditions of yoga, Living Landscapes: Meditations on the Elements in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain Yogas (SUNY Press, 2020). More information about the book can be found here: http://www.sunypress.edu/p-6860-livin…You can find more information about Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain perspectives on ecology at the Forum Website: https://fore.yale.edu/World-Religions
Hindu Ecology, for sustenance of life on earth with Satish Kumar
Discourse on Hinduism
January 31, 2021
Satish Kumar is famous nuclear disarmament activist who reveres nature and who has inspired many through his activism and writing. He has been a Jain Monk. He was student of Vinoba Bhave who inspired Indian landlords to donate their lands to poor and spread wealth. Satish walked 8000 miles from India to Moscow, Paris, London and Washington DC, without any money carrying message of Nuclear Disarmament to then four nuclear powers. He is Principal founder of Schumacher College in England. He is chief editor of Resurgence, a premiere Magazine on Ecology. It is our great honor to get inspired by him in this lecture.
January 4, 2021
This week's episode of Spotlights features Vijaya Nagarajan, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and in the Program of Environmental Studies at the University of San Francisco. She talks about her teaching, research, and activism at the intersection of Hinduism and ecology, with particular attention to her book, Feeding A Thousand Souls: Women, Ritual and Ecology in India—An Exploration of the Kōlam (Oxford University Press, 2018). You can learn more about her book here: https://feedingathousandsouls.com/ More information about Hinduism and ecology can be found on the Forum website: https://fore.yale.edu/World-Religions…
This talk by Dr. Pankaj Jain, which focusses on the Bishnoi/Vishnoi community that is spread through out Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, is a very interesting study of the Environmental History of a particular Dharmic community. He explains in detail how this community really takes care of their flora and fauna even in the desert regions which are quite prone to droughts. The main feature of their culture being Water harvesting, Tree plantation, setting up animal and bird sanctuaries in desert, guided by their Gurus based on Vedic philosophy of Aham Brahmasmi and Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. They propogate Reason based Religion as to pray and conserve Natural resources. He also sheds some light on the Bhils of these regions and their role in conservation of nature around them. Various movements related to conservation of nature are also discussed.
Towards an Anti-caste and Abolitionist Epistemology for Environmental Justice
October 28, 2019
This talk, offered by Malini Ranganathan of American University, considers the relationship between colonial history and contemporary struggles around caste identity and environmental outcomes in urban India.
Dr. Vandana Shiva Delivers Parliament Keynote Address
Parliament of the World's Religions
October 16, 2015
On World Food Day of 2015, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Hindu author and environmental justice activist, addresses the Faith In Women plenary at the Parliament of the World's Religions. Dr. Shiva centers women as not only the true seed keepers and food producers of the planet, but also the true faith keepers—and thus the most critical protectors of the planet during climate crisis.
Shivali Fulchand: “What does the Hindu tradition have to say about the environment?”
London School of Economics Faith Centre
Dr Shivali Fulchand reflects on the Hindu tradition’s understanding of the environment and how Hindus are called to encounter and interact with creation.
David Haberman: “Hinduism and Ecology”
David Haberman discusses Hinduism and Ecology with Mary Evelyn Tucker. “Hinduism and Ecology” is part of the larger “Conversations on World Religions and Ecology” project. Watch the whole “Conversations on World Religions and Ecology” series on the Forum on Religion and Ecology YouTube Channel.
“The South Asian Response to Journey of the Universe”
David Haberman, Christopher Ives, and Christopher Key Chapple
Journey of the Universe and Our Elegant Universe Symposium
Three scholars of South Asian religions suggest ways in which those traditions might respond to Journey of the Universe. Dr. David Haberman, Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University Bloomington, draws parallels with Hindu creation myths of the One becoming the many, suggesting that all of reality is interconnected and arising from the same source. Dr. Christopher Ives, Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at Stonehill College, suggests that Buddhism teaches people to move beyond egocentricity to realize that one affects and is affected by everything else, which resonates with Journey’s notion of interdependent communities. Dr. Christopher Chapple, Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology at Loyola Marymount University, appeals to the structure of Jain temples to convey insights about the connection between the human body and the cosmos, the purification of consciousness, and the recovery of intimacy with life in its many forms.
“Troubled Waters: India’s effort to clean up sacred but polluted Ganga River”
PBS Newshour (February 11, 2020)
The Ganga River, known as the Ganges under British rule, is one of the most revered waterways in the world, yet also among the most polluted. PBS reports on the challenges of India’s efforts to clean up the river and restore its natural flow.