Govardhan Ecovillage hosted a 4-day conference, Hinduism and Ecology: Towards a Sustainable Future, from 11th to 14th of December 2017. The conference was jointly organized by Yale University, Govardhan Eco Village, Bhaktivedanta Vidyapith, and Maharashtra Tourism, and brought together leading faculty from prominent American universities and Hindu leaders from around the world, who extensively explored Vedic solutions to the ecological crisis.
Over thirty academic scholars participated, including Harry Blair, John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker from Yale University, David Haberman from Indiana University, Srivatsa Goswami, leading academic scholar from Radha Raman Temple in Vrindavan, Ravi Gupta from Utah State University, Christopher Chapple from Loyola Marymount University, Devamrita Swami, Krishna Kshetra Swami, and Bhaktirasamrita Swami.
The participants invited Radhanath Swami to give the keynote address on the first day of the conference, and the closing remarks on the last day. Addressing the delegates, Radhanath Swami said, “The problems of ego and greed are the foundation of all our environmental problems. Problems of this magnitude can discourage us, but big things start from small seeds. I feel conferences and gatherings such as these are a seed. We as a family gathered today can make a significant difference for the wellness of all beings within our creation.”