Hindu Environment Week Draws Thousands to Honor Matru Bhumi

In February, the Hindu American Foundation and the Oxford-based Bhumi Project hosted Hindu Environment Week (HEW), an international event to honoring Matru Bhumi and all She provides humanity. In 2014, Hindu Environment Week made history with more than 5,500 people participated in events at numerous Hindu holy sites across India, including Rishikesh, Puri, and Vrindavan.

This year, participation reached over 10,000 across three continents, with five local HAF chapters hosting events across the country. From cleaning up the Oakland Zoo to distributing reusable grocery bags at Houston mandirs to holding a dialogue on environmental issues with college students, our community came together to honor Matru Bhumi.

Look below to see how our chapters celebrate Hindu Environment Week!

California - Restoring Oakland Zoo

Members of HAF’s Northern California Chapter helped restore the grounds of the Oakland Zoo by removing harmful weeds from a hillside and saving edible greens that were fed to the Zoo’s goats.


Florida - Cleaning Temple Grounds

As a way of giving back to their local temple, HAF’s Tampa Chapter cleaned the grounds of the Hindu Temple of Florida and removed several bags of trash from the premises.



Michigan - Film Screening of The Story of Stuff

HAF’s Michigan Chapter and the University of Michigan’s South Asian Awareness Network (SAAN) partnered together to screen The Story of Stuff. Afterwards, students and members of HAF discussed their impact on the environment and how they could bring about change.


Texas - Distributing Reusable Grocery Bags

During Shivaratri, HAF’s Houston Chapter distributed hundreds of reusable grocery bags in to worshippers as they visited two Houston area mandirs in an effort to curb waste and reduce the use of plastic bags.