Did you know?
80% of the world’s population is faith-motivated
250 million people are on the move annually as part of a spiritual pilgrimage, traveling from one city to another
This makes pilgrimage a very significant sector of world travel, with impact on the environment from the journeys, tremendous impact on the pilgrim destination cities, but most of all, perhaps, an immense opportunity to have pilgrims enriched by their journey and by their experience, encouraged to return home more responsible citizens of the world, after leaving a positive footprint.
According to The Green Pilgrimage Ladder, pilgrims’ transformation and experience starts before departure to their destination and continues after returning home. The concepts of Green Pilgrimage can be found in different sources of faiths.
We, at Green Pilgrimage, find more and more often the strong link between Green Pilgrimage and different faiths in the world. The earth, the environment, and the green thinking, can be found in biblical and spiritual sources of those faiths.
The faiths we are researching are: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhist, Druze, Hindu, Confucian, Daoist, Jain, Shinto, Sikh, Baha’i
God tells Noah, “And take two each of every living creature—of all flesh—into the ark, male and female, to keep them alive along with you: every type of bird, every type of beast, every type of creeping thing—let two of each come to you to keep them alive, and take along edible foodstuffs of every kind; gather them up so that there is food for yourself and for them.” (Genesis 7:19-21)
“I will never again curse the ground because of humankind … nor will I ever again destroy every living creature as I have done. As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”(Genesis 8:21-22)