The Bhumi Project (now known as Bhumi Global) was created as a worldwide Hindu response to environmental issues facing our planet. Facilitated by the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, in partnership with ARC, and backed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), it was officially launched at the 2009 Windsor celebration, where world faith leaders came together at the invitation of the Duke of Edinburgh.
In 2020 it registered as an independent, non-profit organisation and was renamed Bhumi Global, but its core purpose remains the same – to educate, inspire, inform, and connect Hindus and non-Hindus on environmental issues.
Bhumi Global's Director Gopal Patel says: 'Bhumi Global's mission is to engage, educate, and empower people and communities to address the triple crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. Our work is based on Hindu principles of environmental care.'
‘Bhumi Global's mission is to engage, educate, and empower people and communities to address the triple crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution' – Gopal Patel
Bhumi Global's strategy includes:
Global leadership – working closely with leading global institutions such as the United Nations to present mature and engaged Hindu perspectives on the environment and sustainable development.
Empowering a new generation – working with Hindu youth and student organisations to offer them support, resources and leadership training.
Interfaith engagement – Bhumi believes no single religious or spiritual tradition has a monopoly on the truth, and that solving the environmental crisis requires everyone to work together.
Young Hindus water a newly planted tree in Kenya as part of a Hindu reforestation project
Picture: Bhumi Global