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Role of Indian Culture in Environment Conservation

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Ashna Saxena

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ROLE OF INDIAN CULTURE IN ENVIRONMENT CONSERVATION
Culture, Environment And Technology
Whole civilizations have come into
existence near sources of water like Indus Valley Civilization.
In this sense, nature and culture
become intertwined. Culture reflects our history, tradition and our beliefs. Revolutions in the technological and communication fields and the advent of globalization have made an impact on our culture which have made an impact on our culture which have also evolved with time.
What is Environment Conservation?
Environmental conservation" is the broad term for anything that furthers the goal of making life more sustainable for the planet. Ultimately, people want to help the planet survive naturally and with no negative impact from the human race. Helping keep the planet safe and healthy is called "conservation."
By:
Maurvi Arora
& Nimmi Sonkar

Culture Of India
India is the birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, collectively known as Indian religions. Indian religions are a major form of world religions.

India is full of cultures and these culture have their value system and ethics , which even helps the conservation of environment.
Indian Culture helps Conservation of wildlife
Bisnois of Rajasthan have a tradition of protecting wildlife including Black Buck and Khejri trees since 1451 or so.

Garuda, lion, peacock, and snake—are part of our cultural ethos from time immemorial.
Indian Culture Worships Nature
We, as Indians, take pride in our strong cultural heritage. Religion protects and nurtures nature.

If we take a look at Hinduism, we worship the sun, wind, land, trees, plants, and water which is the very base of human survival.
Indian Culture Saving Trees
Indian Culture tells people to worship trees and hence saving trees from being cut.

Moreover trees are considered sacred in India
Indian Culture helps Conservation of water
Indian traditions and cultures have been protecting our ponds and other water bodies.

We worship Ganga river and other rivers, the kund at Trayambkeshwar is considered to be the origin of the sacred Godawari river etc.
Contribution of Hindu
Religion
Protection of wildlife and natural resources has been enshrined in Hindu religion and culture and it has also been stressed in the Constitution of India.

Governments of different Indian states are promoting regeneration of forests and their protection with the help of action and rational participation of the local people.
Nature In Indian Art And Scriptures
Sacred Groves
One of the finest examples of traditional practices in India based on religious faith which has made a profound contribution to nature conservation has been the maintenance of certain patches of land or forests as "sacred groves' dedicated to a deity or a village God, protected, and worshiped.

These are found all over India, and abundantly along the Western Ghats, the west coast, and in several parts of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.
Indian painting, sculpture, architectural ornamentation, and the decorative arts is replete with themes from nature and wildlife reflecting love and reverence, and therefore the ethics of conservation.

In literature and scriptures too there has been considerable depiction of the appreciation and love for nature such as in "Panchtantra" which is an Indian collection of animal fables in verse and prose.
Conclusion
It becomes imperative that we adopt new
things without losing the basic character of our long cherished traditions and values which include environmental conservation. India is a culturally rich and diverse country where people speak many languages, with many communities which live in their respective social structures completely
depending on their environment to ensure their livelihood.
Thank You
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