sky lanterns at bodh gaya

Sky Lanterns for Energy Revolution

Buddhist monks from Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Tibetan and Korean amongst other monasteries as a symbol of hope,  joined the Urja Kranti Yatra in releasing hundreds of sky lanterns, before the 80 foot statue of Buddha, wishing for an energy revolution in Bodh Gaya, Bihar. Only a paradigm shift in the energy infrastructure, away from polluting sources of energy, will save people from dangerous climate change and provide for the development of the state. India to call for renewable energy as an solution to Bihar’s power crisis. This place marks the place Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment. The event was part of the Urja Kranti Yatra, a Greenpeace India tour through ten districts of Bihar to spread awareness of renewable energy and inspire citizens and civil society to demand an energy revolution in the state.
Ven Bhekkhi Chalinda, the chief monk of Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya, also released the sky lanterns during the ceremony.

Bihar is reeling under a power crisis that can be resolved using renewable energy. About 2.5 million people have raised and supported the demand for renewable energy as a solution to their energy needs. With the encouragement extended by the monks in Bodh Gaya, this call for a clean future will only be strengthened.

“We will be sending our prayers to the sky by releasing hundreds of sky  lanterns wishing that our government will give up their addiction to fossil fuels which is polluting our planet and take up the right path of generating energy from pure sources such as sun, water and wind,” said Tempa Tsering, Bureau Chief of Dalai Lama.

There is a belief in a lot of Asian countries that releasing of floating lanterns into the sky as a symbol of enlightenment would bring peace and solidarity and whatever is wished with the elease of these lanterns would come true.

“It is a well known fact that those who contribute least to climate change will be the most affected y it. Bihar contributes least to climate change in India and has the right to demand sustainable energy for its development. We believe that Bihar could lead the way in showcasing an alternative energy paradigm through decentralised renewable energy to the world, while solving its current present energy crisis. The need of the hour is a comprehensive energy policy with renewable energy at its core,” explained Brikesh Singh, campaigner, Greenpeace India.

“We hope that our prayers for an onset of an energy revolution in Bihar through renewable energy will go a long way to ensure peace and prosperity for the state.” concluded N Dorjee, ember Secretary, Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee.