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In 2008-2011 SET has worked in collaboration with Khoryug, monastic environmental committee during the Kagyu Monlam to raise environmental awareness. 

We focused specifically on the pollution in Bodh Gaya and the effects on the land, air, water and the health of humans and animals.

Clean ups were organized for the main market surrounding areas and the Naranjuna riverside on the 29th December and Kalachakra ground and surrounding village areas on 30th December 2009.

Over 250 volunteers including locals, Himalayans and international visitors participated in the clean up activities. 


Support for Banning of Plastic in Bodhgaya 2009

The waste pollution on the land of BodhGaya is mainly consisting of plastic bags, food packaging, and other non- bio-degradable polyethylene products.

A petition was set up to support the ban of plastic bags and was signed by over 7000 local and international people. 

The team consist of an eclectic mix of volunteers from all over the world and Buddhist monks from the Himalayan regions. Giving a diverse setting for interaction and dialogue about the situation in Bodh Gaya but also about the environmental issues concerning other locations around the world.

This petition will be presented to the local government bodies, to request direct action cooperation on this matter.


Meditation students offset their Carbon Emissions 2009-10

A week of awareness raising for Buddhist pilgrims on Carbon emission, through offsetting carbon produced by their plane journies. Many people flock to Bodh Gaya during the winter months from all over the world. The amount of carbon was measured in tonnes, and offset by 12 trees per ton. 

The proceeds through this activity went towards a sacred grove to be planted at the Gaya Airport- HH Karmapa inaugurated the project undertaken by Tergar Monastery, by planting an Ashok tree on the airport site.

The students of Tergar Institute raised a total of 1500+ trees and when the trees become fully grown will be off-setting 120 tonnes of carbon!!

Other funds raised from carbon off-setting will go towards community gardens on other sites around the Bodh Gaya area, specifically focused on planting indigenous species as part of the ’Clean and Green project’.

If you would like to contribute to this project please go to ’GET INVOLVED ’ page on this site to offset your carbon emissions or to make a donation.

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