‘To Treat The Whole World As Sacred’

An estimated 100 million people make some kind of pilgrimage every year, some for a few hours, others for days or months.To address the environmental impact of these journeys – and to assist the world’s holy places to become as environmentally sustainable as possible – a new network has been launched which brings together pilgrim sites from 10 faith traditions. They range from the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, and the Armenian Orthodox holy city of Etchmiadzin, to Jerusalem – a major pilgrimage destination for the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths. The Baha’i World Centre – and the city of Haifa, Israel, where it is located – have also become founding members of the Green Pilgrimage Network. Last year alone, the Baha’i holy places attracted around 750,000 pilgrims and visitors. “The Green Pilgrimage Network will ask the faithful to live, during the most intense of religious experiences, in a faith-consistent way,” said Martin Palmer, Secretary-General of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC), which has established the Network in association with WWF. “To travel to a holy place in such a way as to treat the whole world as sacred is to be a true pilgrim,” said Mr. Palmer.

Source: http://news.bahai.org/story/868

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