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Hinduism and the environment.

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Front cover Page 1 Contents Page Page 2 Introduction Page 3 How Hindus in India Respond Pages 4 to 6 to Environmental Issues The Effects of a Damaged Pages 7 to 8 Environment to Hindus and India Glossary Page 9 The religion I have chosen to do this project on is Hinduism. This is my second Religious Studies project for GCSE Short-course. This project focuses on Hindu attitudes towards the Environment, environmental issues and animal rights. For this religious studies project I will focus on how Hindus feel about environmental issues such as recycling and wasting. I will also compare how Hindus who live in India and Hindus who live in the West (Western Europe and America) have many different attitudes and feeling towards environmental issues and animal rights I will also mention what certain religious Hindu movement groups are doing to protect the earth and the environment and what lone Hindus have done to make the environment a better place to live in. I shall use quotes from many famous Hindus and from religious texts such as the Bhagavad-Gita and the Mahabharata as well as everyday prayers that focus on the subject. ...read more.

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The environmental issues that matter the most to Hindus living in India are: * Basic Hygiene: Matters like pollution of water systems are very important in India and now most people are discouraged to pollute water sources. The matter of hygiene has been emphasised much in India and people are being taught about many diseases that has have spread rapidly, such as cholera and typhoid. * Hindus who live in India are also concerned when it comes to deforestation and the killing of wildlife. Many Hindus spend their lives saving the environment by means such as tree-planting, providing moisture traps for areas that suffer from drought, using natural and renewable energy sources such as hydro-electric power. So the key beliefs for Hindus towards the environment are: Every living thing on this world contains atman. This includes grass and trees etc... So everything on the planet is sacred and valued by Hindus. Care and concern for the environment is considered a religious duty in Hinduism. This had been so since the earliest Hindu scriptures, the Vedas. We are urged not to exploit but to lovingly milk the earth. ...read more.

Conclusion

Unless the relationship between the multiplying population and life support systems can be stabilised, development programmes, however, innovative, are not likely to yield the desired results. It is possible to expand the 'carrying capacity' through technological advances and spatial distribution. But neither of these can support unlimited population growth. Although technological progress will add to the capabilities for sustaining a large number of populations, the need for a vigorous drive for population control can hardly be over emphasised in view of the linkage between poverty, population growth and the environment. Ahimsa - non-violence, harmlessness; is doing no injury to any living creature. Brahman - God; the essence of all reality; the one truth of which all the deities are aspects. Dana - charitable giving. Laws of Manu - a code of conduct, traditionally written by Manu, the first man; it is also known as Manusmriti. Purusha Sukta - a piece of Hindu literature which tells the story of the creation of the world through the sacrifice of primeval man. Shiva - one of the most important deities of Hinduism, the 'lord of the dance', creator and destroyer. Trimurti - the three Hindu gods Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destroyer, who together represent the whole of reality. Vedas - the oldest and most sacred texts of Hinduism ...read more.

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