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Archbishop of Patna writes on Ecological concerns for Christmas 2010

Patna. Dec 25: Archbishop of Patna,India, William D’Souza S.J has been an ace activist on ecology since 1996 when he gifted Tarumitra with ten acres of prime land in the metropolis to build the first ever Bio-reserve. Last year when the Copenhagen summit was on,  the Archbishop wrote to all Churches and communities not to indulge in electric illumination for Christmas since “52 kilograms of coal produces one Unit of electricity.”

This year the Archbishop wrote a Pastoral letter to all the churches and communities of his archdiocese on the ecological concerns prior to the Christmas 2010. He urged all the people to stand up and take action especially on the conservation of electricity and water.
The letter is significant at a time the world leaders are finding it difficult to arrive at a consensus on the ecological front. “We need more Dharmagurus (spiritual heads) like the Archbishop to come and guide their flocks!” said the green architect, Joe Parekattil.

Archbishop William wrote, “In my 2009 Christmas message, published in the Archdiocesan Samachar, I had called your attention to this global concern. I had suggested to “spreading the message of saving our Earth and environment from pollution and carbon foot print by celebrating our Christmas with minimum amount of electrical illumination”. I congratulate all of you for positively responding to my suggestion within your capacity. At the same time, I wish to delve on the same subject in detail once again through this pastoral letter. This concern, my dear brothers and sisters, is very crucial, vital, urgent and alarmingly dangerous which needs our immediate attention.
The early Christian tradition reveals an eco-sensitive understanding of the mystery of Christ. St. Ireneus of Lyons said: “Christ recapitulates and summarizes all of creation.” Jesus was always a true Son of the Earth. He was the fulfillment of prophets like Isaiah who prayed “Let the earth be open to bud forth the savior (Isaiah: 45-8). St. Ignatius of Antioch, St. Ireneus and St. Benedict are some of the striking examples from among the early Fathers of the Church, who vehemently acclaimed the unity of creation. They could interpret Christian life as one that is integrally related to the earth and the environment. “The earth forms not only the basic raw material for humankind, but also the substance of the incarnation of God’s Son.” (St. Hildegard of Bingen)

In the middle ages, we have St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), who had an integrated understanding of nature and God experience. He is known as the Saint of the Nature. He looks at the whole creation as one family. Every living creature is seen as his brother or sister. His eco-friendly life challenges the materialistic world of dominion and control which thus inspires us to live a life of friendship and harmony with nature. He insisted that his brothers leave a border around the community garden untouched so that wild grass and flowers could grow.
The erratic floods, cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts, irregular monsoons, etc. are indications that the rhythm of life in nature is seriously in danger.

Archbishop William meets people (file pic)

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Sacred Grove in Meghalaya

Shillong. 20 December: Sacred groves of India are forest fragments of varying sizes, which are communally protected, and which usually have a significant religious connotation for the protecting community. Hunting and logging are usually strictly prohibited within these patches. Sacred Groves are considered ecologically important hotspots of bio-diversity.

Meghalaya “Abode of Clouds” is home for many Sacred Groves

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U.N Activists visited Tarumitra Bioreserve

Bioreserve, Patna 5 Nov: Two veteran activists from New York and Canada visited the Bio-reserve in the evening. Srs. Marie Elena Dioand Ann Harvey were accompanied by Roselyn SCN from the Arunodaya Social institute.

Marie Eleena Dio, Roselyn SCN and Ann Harvey in front of Tarumitra Ashram

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Arunava Dutta Participated in the Japanese Conference on Bio-diversity

Arunava presents on Biodiversity at the International Youth Conference Japan

The International youth conference on Biodiversity was held in Aichi, Nagoya from 23 Aug to 27 Aug 2010 and was hosted by ministry of Environment, Japan.

Arunava Dutta from Tarumitra was one of the two delegates from India at the conference. Hailing from Dhanbad, Arunava did his studies from De Nobili School, St. Xavier’s Ranchi (BSc) and Banaras Hindu University (MSc). This is the second time he has been selected to attend the conferences in Japan.

Arunava presented a PowerPoint on the Conservation practices done at Tarumitra Bio-reserve, Patna along with other practices set into motion by the students across the country.

One hundred youth delegates from all over the world participated actively in the conference which included thirty participants from Japan and seventy participants from other nations.

Arunava was very impressed by the experience of sharing life with a Japanese family in Nagoya. This was part of the experience offered to the delegates by the conference.

Apart from making the youth statement, the conference had several other events like sharing the best practices by selected participants, making of world biodiversity map, adopting youth action plan and excursion to Satoyama landscape of Japan.

Ten participants were selected to present their “Best Practice” in front of all other participants and discuss the details. Youth activists from varied fields discussed on issues like sea turtle conservation, forest restoration, bat monitoring program, ex-situ conservation of plants etc.
The biodiversity world map aimed at documenting the diverse problems across the globe and constructing a map to represent the entire scenario. It helped us to broaden our perspective on various issues and think about possible solution to avert the worst consequences.

The entire event was well organized due to the coordinated effort of the young volunteers of Japan Youth Ecology League and the Ministry of environment, Japan.