Sri Lankan monks ordain forest to stem environmental degradation
Sri Lankan Buddhist monks became the latest in Southeast Asia to conduct a mass Tree Ordination Ceremony as a unique way to add spiritual weight to environmental conservation efforts in those countries. In an event held on January 11, more than 50 monks “ordained” around 1,000 trees in the Nigala Forest, which is “under a threat due to the illegal land grabbing, proposed sugar cane cultivation and forest fires,” as reported by Sri Lanka’s Nation. The item explains that a group in Thailand calling itself the Ecology Monks initiated this movement 30 years ago, and it has also been implemented in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Burma: “The original idea behind the tradition is to use the widely respected symbol of monastic robes to make loggers hesitate to cut down trees.”
Image via the Nation (Sri Lanka).