Apr 21, 2024

Sustain Earth and Inspire Change on This Earth Day

Ever had that feeling like you can't catch your breath, like your throat choked and every gulp of air feels like a struggle?

Now, imagine if our planet, Earth, felt the same way.

Our planet is like a living, breathing entity, and right now, it's kinda choking. It happens because of all the pollution, deforestation, and climate change we've caused. It's like we've wrapped a tight collar around its neck, and it's gasping for air.

When we fill the air with pollutants, cut down forests that act as its lungs, and increase the heat with greenhouse gases, we're essentially suffocating our own home, our Earth.

However, just like when you take steps to clear your throat and breathe easier, we can help Earth too. In this context, Dera Sacha Sauda is ensuring with its endeavors that it can breathe easily for generations to come.

Spearheaded by Revered Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan, millions of Dera Sacha Sauda volunteers are carrying on such initiatives globally.

Earth Day- A Reminder to Reflect on Our Connection with Nature

Earth Day serves as a powerful reminder of our collective responsibility to cherish and protect our planet. This annual event celebrated on April 22nd, encourages individuals worldwide to reflect on the importance of environmental conservation and sustainable practices. 

Our daily activities leave a considerable impact on the overall health of the earth. Whether it’s choosing a ride instead of cycling or walking, spitting, discarding a banana peel openly on the road, throwing plastic polythene anywhere, or cutting trees for our own selfish motives, most of our steps bring a negative impact on the planet. And it eventually, impacts our health and every living being on earth.

So, Earth Day is not just a day to celebrate by planting trees or cleaning up litter. Instead, it's an opportunity to rekindle our connection with nature and re-evaluate our impact on the planet. It’s a reminder to incorporate earth conservation in our daily chores and activities.

In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the urgent need to address environmental issues such as climate change, deforestation, pollution, and loss of biodiversity. These challenges remind us that the health of the planet is intricately linked to our own well-being. 

As inhabitants of Earth, we are not separate from nature but an integral part of it. Our actions have a profound impact on the delicate balance of ecosystems that sustain life on this planet.

Sustainable Endeavours by Dera Sacha Sauda to Preserve Our Planet Earth

Sustainability is a bigger and impactful concept that focuses on meeting your needs without compromising on the requirements of future generations. It requires one to rethink consumption patterns, reduce waste, and embrace renewable sources of energy. 

With a steadfast commitment to the well-being of our planet, Dera Sacha Sauda is spearheading a range of initiatives aimed at safeguarding Earth's precious resources. With the grace & guidance of Revered Saint Dr. MSG, these efforts go beyond just conservation; they actively bring about change on the ground.

Here are some of the remarkable initiatives Dera Sacha Sauda is championing:

       1. Cleanliness Campaigns 

Initiated in the year 2011, cleanliness campaigns are making a significant difference. It’s not just the words of speech or written record, the volunteers literally roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty to give society, a gift of cleanliness. Whatever comes their way, they just ensure to keep everything clean thoroughly. 

Over 36 campaigns have been conducted nationwide, with volunteers also rendering selfless service abroad. Revered Saint Dr. MSG initiated this noble endeavor with the tagline, "Cleanse the earth to remove curses of diseases." 

As an aftermath, they collectively cleared the staggering burden of over 50,000 tons of garbage from our earth, allowing it to breathe freely. Lakhs of volunteers have participated in these campaigns and provided amazing results.

Their efforts aren't just about tidying up; they're about instilling a sense of responsibility and pride in keeping our environment clean. Everywhere in every campaign, they take a written pledge from the residents of those areas to never spread litter anywhere, instead putting it in dustbins only.

       2. Tree Plantation

It is contemplated as the most impactful way to conserve the earth. However, how many have dedicated themselves to this initiative of planting trees? If we discern the whole planet then the number of individuals seriously indulging in it, is quite less.

Trees are the unsung heroes of our ecosystem, absorbing carbon dioxide, providing oxygen, and creating habitats for countless species.

Recognizing the importance of trees in combating climate change and preserving biodiversity Revered Saint Dr. MSG initiated the ‘Nature Campaign’ worldwide. You may think that it is already an age-old initiative and individuals worldwide give their part, then what is so surprising about it?

You will be overwhelmed by knowing that millions of Dera Sacha Sauda volunteers plant as many trees as they can to celebrate the birthday of Revered Guruji every year on 15th August. Even this massive plantation bagged world records as well.

Besides, they plant trees to commemorate every special day of their lives, whether it’s their birthdays, anniversaries, or even in the memory of their loved ones.

They have planted 52 Million trees so far and over 70% of them are still growing perfectly.

So besides greening cities and countryside, the volunteers are raising awareness about the crucial role trees play in sustaining life on Earth.

       3. Shifting Focus from Plastic to Cloth Bags

Plastic pollution is a huge problem worldwide, clogging up our oceans, harming wildlife, and leaching toxins into the environment.

Dera Sacha Sauda addresses this issue head-on with their "Bye Bye Ethene" campaign. Initiated by Guruji, this campaign is encouraging people to ditch single-use plastics and embrace eco-friendly alternatives. They're helping to reduce the plastic footprint and protect our planet for future generations.

       4. Reuse Water System

Water is life, yet we often take it for granted until it's too late.

Dera Sacha Sauda is leading the way in promoting water conservation and sustainable use through its innovative reuse water system. Revered Guruji, an agricultural scientist has established a water reuse system.

By treating and reusing wastewater for irrigation and to grow vegetables, it is considerably alleviating water scarcity and minimizes pollution of our water resources.

Besides, Guruji has given many such daily life tips that prove vital in conserving this precious resource and conserving earth’s scarce resources.

         5. Birds Nurturing

Earth Day also serves as a reminder of the interconnectedness of all living beings. Every species, from the smallest microorganism to the largest mammal, plays a unique role in maintaining the health of ecosystems. 

Besides advocating for animal rights, Dera Sacha Sauda also volunteers to save birds. Birds are also an indispensable part of our ecosystem. To preserve this beauty of the earth and ultimately conserve birds, Revered Guruji guided all to keep water and feed for birds.   

When we harm one species or habitat, we ultimately harm our planet and thus ourselves. Conservation efforts are not only about protecting charismatic species but about safeguarding the web of life that sustains us all.

Join the Cause!

These initiatives by Dera Sacha Sauda are more than just token gestures. These are tangible actions that are making a real difference in the fight against environmental degradation.

By engaging people, raising awareness, and implementing practical solutions, the volunteers are proving that conservation isn't just the responsibility of governments or environmental organizations, instead, it's something we can all contribute to, one clean-up, one tree, and one cloth bag can make a significant impact.

Earth Day is a time for action, reflection, and renewal. It's an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to protecting the planet and to inspire others to join us in this vital mission. Whether it's planting trees, participating in clean-up efforts, or any such conservation initiative, each of us has a role to play in building a more sustainable and equitable world.

Participate in these noble initiatives by Revered Guruji to minimize our ecological footprint and contribute to the preservation of the planet for future generations.