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Communicating Sustainability within Britain’s Hindu Community
AbstractFocusing on the UK’s Hindu community, this explores some modes for the communication of pro-sustainability messages and their affective strength. These campaigns employ the community-center role of many UK Hindu temples to connect Hindu congregations to the cause of environmental sustainability through the medium of Hindu scripture and tradition. The international Hindu Bhumi Project (and its larger “Many Heavens, One Earth” interfaith initiative) provide an umbrella for such pedagogic initiatives. Two are described. First is the festival-ground-based Karma to Climate Change (K2CC) campaign, which encourages pilgrims to pledge pro-sustainability lifestyle changes as part of their religious practice. The second, the Ahimsa Project, is devoted to the popularization and production of ethically pure, cruelty/slaughter free milk, which encourages people to develop greater empathy for the wellbeing of their fellow creatures and, ultimately, to abhor the casual slaughter of animals for meat. These projects are driven by the enthusiasm and concern of a younger generation of British-born Hindu people and their impacts are felt both through the campaigns themselves and the family structures of the volunteers who participate.
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Das, S.R.; Haigh, M.; Chauhan, S. Communicating Sustainability within Britain’s Hindu Community. Sustainability 2014, 6, 718-740.View more citation formats
Das SR, Haigh M, Chauhan S. Communicating Sustainability within Britain’s Hindu Community. Sustainability. 2014; 6(2):718-740.Chicago/Turabian Style
Das, Sita R.; Haigh, Martin; Chauhan, Sheila. 2014. "Communicating Sustainability within Britain’s Hindu Community." Sustainability 6, no. 2: 718-740.
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