MPP Anand’s twenty-second Members’ Statement was on the topic of “EcoSikh”, delivered on 31 October 2019.

See full transcript below:

“This year marks the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of the Sikh religion, an advocate for unity, peace, hard work and community giving. Around the world, the occasion will be celebrated through events, exhibitions, prayers and in many unique ways.

One such example is done by organizations like EcoSikh, which is a global organization established in 2009 by Dr. Rajwant Singh. Guru Nanak Dev Ji taught us that humans must be in harmony with the earth and all of God’s creation. It is our purpose. “Air is the Guru, Water the Father, and the Earth is the Great Mother.” Taking inspiration from this, EcoSikh Canada has pledged to plant 55,000 trees across the country, with the global aim of planting one million trees by 2021.

EcoSikh leverages Guru Ji’s teachings to promote positive living for all humanity and caring for our environment. Mr. Speaker, I had the opportunity to participate at EcoSikh Canada’s first tree planting held in the great riding of Mississauga–Malton, where 200 trees were planted. It was such a great way to spend a Saturday morning in the service of our community. I’d like to encourage my colleagues in the House to join EcoSikh events in their ridings. The details can be found at www.ecosikh.ca.

I’d like to recognize Roop Sidhu, president of EcoSikh, for doing this. This is the very best of Guru Ji’s teachings and a great way to honour Guru Nanak Dev Ji.”