AMRITSAR: Three years ago, EcoSikh started the celebration of Amritsar Foundation Day to mark the day when Guru Ramdas ji laid the foundation of this sacred city 438 years ago. The effort was to engage residents and stakeholders of the city to take pride and responsibility to make the city sustainable and green. Hundreds of residents have come out to join this movement and they have become active to restore the glory of this historical city. Amritsar is the center of Sikhism and over 100,000 visitors and pilgrims visit this sacred town every day. EcoAmritsar initiative will continue to inspire citizens and devotees to take action.
Tarundeep Singh, the program administrator of EcoAmritsar, coordinates all efforts on behalf of EcoSikh in Amritsar. Formerly a college professor, he is now fully dedicated to inspiring youth and adults to join this effort. Amritsar Foundation Day (AFD) is one way to enroll many to join this endeavor.
Why Amritsar? It is the center of Sikhism and it provides us an opportunity to show how our faith inspires us to care for nature.
“The city has severe challenges – No solid waste management program, a sanitation problem, minimal public transportation with 65 thousands three wheelers spewing out harmful gases, no water conservation or recycling program, groundwater depletion, green coverage depletion, and an increasing number of visitors has also put pressure on the natural resources of the city”, he says.