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Green Pilgrimage Network newsletters

This page has not been updated since June 2014.

We send newsletters several times a year to members and friends of the green pilgrimage network.

Write to if you'd like to receive the newsletter - and do include any details of why you are interested.

A water blessing ceremony at the Parmarth Niketan ashram in Rishikesh
Newsletter 10: May 2014

  • New Website
  • European Chapter and Pearls of Life
  • Bethlehem
  • Number one walking trail in the world
  • Green hospitality code at Nabi Musa Mosque
  • Hindu Environment Week
  • Green Guide for Hajj in Malaysia
  • Ise meeting in May
  • Funding opportunities: Rockerfeller grant

Green Amritsar
Newsletter 9: December 2013

  • Polybags and Bottles
  • India
  • Hindu Celebration of the Environment
  • Amritsar Green Processions
  • Greening the Hajj
  • River Jordan
  • Abrahan's Path
  • A European Chapter
  • Scotland
  • News in Brief

Newsletter 8: September 2013

  • Report from the international GPN meeting in Trondheim, July 2013
  • News about how ARC is working with partner organisations ICLEI, the Bhumi Project and EcoSikh to develop the India Chapter of GPN
  • Words of support for the aims of Green Pilgrimage from Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe
  • Exciting news from China where a new conservation alliance with Confucianists has just been announced

Newsletter 7: July 2013

  • Latest news of the imminent Trondheim meeting
  • Vital information about swifts - the flying pilgrims who are becoming endangered
  • Eye-witness account from the dramatic floods that hit the Char Dham Yatra pilgrimage in Uttarakhand, India
  • Announcement of a specially commissioned school drama about Hindu Green Pilgrimage
  • Update on this year's highly successful Sikh Environment Day
  • Report from this year's Maukib pilgrimage in Nigeria which featured Green Guardians

Newsletter 6: April 2013

  • Trondheim meeting "an extraordinary chance" for the GPN
  • GPN presented at Buckingham Palace
  • "In the Footsteps of the Celtic Saints" - News from Luss, Scotland and an essay about the impact of the GPN and its "extravagant hope."
  • News from India

Newsletter 5: January 2013

  • Exciting Green Pilgrimage developments at the Kumbh Mela
  • Outcomes of Indian Chapter meeting in Rishikesh, Nov 2012
  • News of a Catholic-based GPN handbook for World Youth Day in Rio, 2013

Newsletter 4: November 2012

  • Firm dates announced for the Trondheim meeting in July 2013
  • Update on developments for a new India Chapter of GPN
  • Launch of the Green Hajj guide in Indonesia
  • More news from Scotland
  • New vision statement for GPN

Newsletter 3: August 2012

  • A new logo and how places are localising it already
  • May meeting at St Albans for Scotland, Trondheim and ARC
  • News from India - a new Hindu city member and major meetings in October and November
  • Updates from our members including an astonishing story of rapid eco-development in Louguan and a city-wide initiative in Amritsar
  • An updated leaflet you can feel free to adapt

Newsletter 2: April 2012

  • Green Pilgrimage Network logo launched;
  • Amritsar's Golden Temple going solar;
  • Green Canteen in Etchmiadzin;
  • The Conscious Hotel in Amsterdam: a possible model for all hotels in pilgrim cities?

Newsletter 1: February 2012

  • a new date for Trondheim;
  • meeting of Indian cities;
  • progress of the Green Hajj guides.
  • BBC Radio 4 Sunday programme features St Albans as a green pilgrimage city.
  • The US‐based Green Maps shows how inspiring it can be to create a green map of your city or neighbourhood. And how affordable it can be.

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