Indian pilgrim cities to go green

Aiming to help various faiths to make their holy cities as environmental friendly and sustainable as possible according to their religious beliefs, ICLEI South Asia started the activities under the India Chapter of the Green Pilgrimage Network (GPN), that was launched in 2012 in Hyderabad, India, together with the Alliance of Religions and Conservation.

11 major Indian pilgrim centers including Amritsar, Guntur, Howrah, Visakhapatnam, Shirdi, Ujjain, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Varanasi, Bodh Gaya, and Ladakh have joined the initiative, forming part of the global network of pilgrim cities and sacred sites around the world wanting to be models of green action and care.

Launched in 2012, the GPN has founding 12 cities from India, Italy, Armenia, Israel, Nigeria, China, United Kingdom and Norway. In a recent meeting in Trondheim, Norway, the network saw its membership double in size, with 16 new cities and places joining the global initiative.

Until the end of this year, ICLEI South Asia will assist member cities of the India Chapter to take green actions, conducting environmental assessment in terms of water, sanitation, ecology and energy, preparing action plans, and developing a financial opportunity report or guidebook for implementing actions on the ground.

City profiles will also be created for holy places of different faiths, including Hindu cities Rishikesh, Muni Ki Reti and Ujiain, the Muslim Nizamuddin area, Buddhist city Ladakh, Sikh city Nanded and the Christian quarter in old Goa.

For more information, write to ramiz.khan(at)iclei.org

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