Cut down on plastic for Bandi Chhor Divas
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Sikh festivals are at the heart of a diversity project encouraging sustainable behaviour changes during faith-based celebrations. The Environment Agency is working with its employee Sikh Fellowship, and community interest group Eco-Sikh UK, on a series of printed posters to be displayed in Gurdwaras (places of worship).
Three themed posters in English and Punjabi have been created, giving tips on ways to reduce avoidable plastic waste during Bandi Chhor Divas. They focus on food waste, candles and decorations, and fireworks.
Eco-Sikh representative Amandeep Kaur Mann said: “This is an important collaboration between the Environment Agency and Sikh communities all over the UK to help get the message about climate change out there. Bandi Chhor Divas is a time to reflect on how our actions affect the world. Just as our Guru demonstrated selflessness in the way he helped others, we too should carry his message forward. This is by being responsible when celebrating so that we don’t harm the environment.”
Environment Agency project lead Claire Horrocks said: “Sikh families from across the world will soon come together to mark Bandi Chhor Divas (4 Nov) – an important festival in the Sikh calendar that coincides with climate change conference COP26 this year. What better time to share positive ideas for sustainable celebrations and encourage people to reduce waste. Regardless of faith, everyone can learn from the messages in these posters, be kinder to our planet, and help protect the environment from further harm caused by plastic pollution.”
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