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Green pilgrimage network

The Green Pilgrimage Network was a global collaboration between 28 pilgrim cities and other sites sacred to many different religious traditions around the world. They are all united in wanting to be models of green action and care.

Members of the GPN share a vision of pilgrims on all continents, and the pilgrim cities that receive them, becoming models of care for the environment and leaving a positive footprint on the earth.

Initially co-ordinated by ARC, the GPN was launched in 2011 at an event in Assisi, Italy, with twelve sacred sites around the world committing to long-term plans that would begin to make a significant environmental difference.

ARC's involvement stopped in 2014, but the initiative continues in different pilgrim centres, particularly in India and in Europe, to come forward and join the Green Pilgrimage mission.

Sikh pilgrims in Amritsar drink clean water distributed by volunteers: plastic bottles are rare at the Golden Temple
Downloadable resources

Please note that these have not been updated since 2014.

Amazing pilgrimage statistics from around the world GPN FAQ
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GPN Catholic Handbook (English)
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Article in The Economist on GPN
Trondheim meeting July 2013
The first Green Pilgrimage Network handbook
2014 Green Pilgrimage Network Leaflet
Early press release on the Green Pilgrimage Network.
American Hindu temples endorsing the network.
Thoughtful essay on the significance of Green Pilgrimage.

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Related information

Green Pilgrimage Theologies
Theological statements prepared by faith leaders from Green Pilgrimage Network sites to explain their teachings and traditions linking spirituality, pilgrimage and the care of the natural world.
April 25, 2013:
Green Pilgrimage Newsletter, April 2013
Updates from Trondheim, Jerusalem, India, Scotland and Buckingham Palace.
July 25 2013:
PRESS RELEASE: Condolences to Santiago de Compostela pilgrim train crash
On the eve of our Green Pilgrimage Network meeting we express our sympathies for the pilgrims who died in the terrible train crash outside this holiest place.