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Merry Christmas to all Green Angels and Greetings from the COP team

24 December 2015

Merry Christmas and Ever Happy New Years to all Green Angels across the big, yet small, world
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Mission COP21 successfully completed.
 
The COP21 team - Climate Change Conference in Paris - has just returned to their respective places after an intensive and long conference in Paris.( Tthe preparations actually started 3 years ago.) The Paris center is most likely slowly returning to a it normal conditions. During the weekend there was total 40 people for lunch and dinner. The whole team wishes all of you happy and engaged green angels another fruitful year in Baba's sweet remembrance and service
 
All colorful reports with lots of pictures can be seen here, The last one include a count down of all programs. We plan to do less each year, but it seems to move the opposite way! And new this year: All reports translated to Spanish, please enjoy on this link:
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Some direct links:
Climate Change Studio Interviews. approx 5 min each
 
Press Conferences at COP21, 30 min each:
with Sister Jayanti, Golo and Yeb Sano (the Philippines)
Panels arranged by World Council of Churches: Faith Groups Evaluation of Negotiations
with faith leaders incl. Sister Jayanti
 
Huffington Post released a story which Jenna from Washington wrote on climate change. It includes 
Sr. Jayanti's interview in Paris, the solar thermal project, and links to our work on environment. 
 
In next newsletter in 2016 we include all other news, including pictures from the BK' supporting the climate demonstrations all over the world
 
With Peace from Paris
 
Om Shanti from the whole COP team, see below.
and finally Shiv Baba at Champs Elysee
 

 

COP21 - Final Report: The Road to Paris and Beyond

22 December 2015

Friday, December 11th
This final report includes:
  •     Meeting Nicolas Hulot, French Minister
  •     Working with the Climate Coalition
  •     Very good BK statistics from the COP
 

 
 

Paris, COP21, Day 10 - Chinese-American Film-maker Interviews Sr Sonja, a Meeting with Prof Rockstrom, BK Art Exhibit and more

22 December 2015

Thursday 10th December

Film interview about collective consciousness
 
John Dennis Liu, is a Chinese American film-maker and ecologist. He is also a researcher at
several institutions. In January 2015 John was named Visiting Fellow at Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO) of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also Ecosystem Ambassador for the Commonland Foundation based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
 
During COP21, John Liu has been staying at Chateau Millemont outside Versailles. In this calm setting far away from the frenetic COP in Paris, he wanted to interview the Brahma Kumaris. He wanted to walk in nature and have a profound conversation, recorded on videotape, that encompasses Brahma Kumaris' position, climate change, peace, sustainability and spirituality. He wanted to have very calm, reasoned thoughts about collective consciousness rather than the "marketing" of self serving ideas.
 
Sonja went to the Chateau leaving Paris early morning at 7 am and, 2·5 hours later, finally found the Chateau of Millemont hidden in the mist of French countryside. Sonja said the 1 hour long interview and conversation with John Liu was very meaningful and rewarding. It was an opportunity to share how the outer world is a reflection of the inner world.
 
You can download the complete report here, which includes:
  •         An interview with John Liu at Chateau Millemont, just outside Paris
  •         Meeting Professor Rockstrøm
  •         News of a very good film "Years of Living Dangerously" (and link to it)
  •         About human rights
  •         BK art exhibition and reception (with wonderful food!)
  •         Amazing scenes around COP (including Golo pedalling for victory)
 

 

Paris, COP21 - Report from Wednesday, December 9th

17 December 2015

COP21 Solutions at Grand Palais
In the afternoon, at the Grand Palais, Golo was invited on the stand of Energie 2050 to present the India One project. Energie 2050 is an NGO working on the field of renewable energies and a contact of Angelica Castro.
 
Golo had one hour to explain the background and technology of the project and concluded briefly about the consciousness and political will necessary to implement the change. He asserted that money and technologies are already there but the human aspects are missing.
 
Golo had the opportunity to continue the conversation with someone from the audience who was obviously very informed and curious to know more on the differences between the different Solar energy systems.
 
See the flyer for these events at: http://www.solutionscop21.org/
 
Read the rest of the report here.
 

 

Paris, COP21 - Report for Tuesday 8th December

17 December 2015

After a week of COP, which generated a lot of enthusiasm, the international group met to plan out
the busiest day at the COP. The schedules were finely tuned to allow everyone to be in the right
place at the the right time. Some members of the team had already left early to get to their first
appointments. This was expected to be a very busy day.
 
Gender Day at COP
Julia went early to COP to join the Women's Gender Constituency, where they were preparing for a 'Women and Gender Action'. They chose to present a collaborative song and dance highlighting the importance of women's equality and empowerment. This was held at the mini-Eiffel Tower where many such actions have been held throughout the 2 weeks of COP.
 
A changing climate poses risks for all humanity but its consequences for women and girls, many of whom spend large amounts of time searching for food, fuel and water, are disproportionately greater. Impacts of climate change affect women and men differently with the poorest being the most vulnerable. 70 per cent of the world's poor are women.
 
At the same time, women play a crucial role in climate change adaptation and mitigation actions. Involving women and men in all decision-making processes on climate action will be a significant factor in meeting the climate challenge.
Please read the rest of the report here.
 

 

Climate Change or Consciousness? Five-minute video of Sr Jayanti being interviewed at COP21 and Sr Jenna's blogpost on the Huffington Post

17 December 2015

Source: Huff Post GPS for the Soul, posted 12/14/15 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sister-jenna/a-climate-of-consciousnes_b_8802646.html)

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Blogpost by Sister Jenna
 
At the base of any positive transformational work has to be an understanding of the relationship between one's awareness and actions; through that becomes an impact on our world. When we speak of change in our environment, systems, cultures, and more, we look towards long lasting change. Therefore, the many deals among nations at conferences and summits are not truly effective until we implement methods to shift our awareness and feelings at a deeper level. This is the element of newness we need.
 
For the first time, rich and poor countries across the world have agreed to take steps to limit and adapt to climate change -- from reducing their emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to helping one another adapt to rising seas, devastating droughts, food shortages and other impacts of global warming.
 
We have all inherited the current conditions of our world as well as contributed to its decline of resources needed to sustain generations to come. The state of our climate condition has become so complex. We are essentially at an intersection of very human values verses spiritual values. Our attitudes alone have been a huge precursor to the decline of the world's treasures. We have traded a healthy, breathing earth for bigger cars, faster planes, fancier clothes; even fruit from the earth is bigger and greater in multitude, with chemicals instead of flavor. It is all about the choices we make, which are rooted in our attitude and attachments to unfulfilled desires.
 
The issue of climate change is both one of individual and collective karma. Our individual choices have led us here, and our collective decisions are creating the future. Climate change is now every person's responsibility. The elements that make up everything we see smell and touch are in need of pure vibrations and a peaceful energy that can restore rather than consume and destroy.
 
I share congratulations to meeting a historic consensus on climate change and I invite us to integrate a spiritual dimension to climate change. We must include the voices of spiritual leadership that have proven their commitment, through work from the inside out. The Brahma Kumaris, with the largest solar cooking system, is now focused on the first of its kind in the world, thermal solar power plant (solar only), using dish technology with direct steam generation mode, with full thermal storage for 16 hours of continuous operations. Imagine that... A spiritual group whose meditation practice and integrating spiritual wisdom into their daily life is at its core, leading a progressive shift in environmental resources.
 
I deeply believe that the success of climate change will be in amplifying an awareness on consciousness and lifestyle choices that conveys the behavior of citizens who are driven to give more than they take from relationships and their earth. Observing the movement of the Brahma Kumaris, and witnessing a culture of creating a system of trust and service within their own body of thought, I have seen the sustainability of its fortress, and their traditional pillars consistently holding authenticity and purity. When we hold a similar purpose and are very invested in making our lives and world a better place, I feel quite confident that a new era is approaching.
 
COP21 might have initiated a bold and realistic deal, and we know every citizen will have to show up from inside out to match and surpass it with his or her own deal of inner responsibility. We need to begin by holding a positive attitude and consider our own soul to be the earths' natural resource that fuels the body and environment. Can we raise our awareness to a level of "us" rather than I, me, and mine, so we can shift the downward trajectory of our planets' condition and turn it around towards an uprising giving us glimpses and best practices of a new era for many generations to come? This is one challenge we must take.
 

 

Paris, COP21 - On Monday, 7 December, Brahma Kumaris hosts public program "Climate of hope for our planet: What is the future of humanity on earth?"

14 December 2015

The Raja Yoga Centre in Paris sponsored a public program for the Parisian Community called "Climat d'espoir sur la Planete!" This event was held at very elegant hotel called Salons Hoche.
 
Opening with a meditative concert by Desert Rose, the event continued with messages of hope from different faiths, followed by a presentation from a scientist, Alain Cirou, Director General of the French Association of Astronomy and Scientific Consultant of Europe 1 (radio), and a spiritual leader, Sister Jayanti. Their remarks were connected to the Climate Change deliberations going on in Paris.
 
 
Alain Cirou gave a clear synopsis of the Climate Change scenario: Man's journey to the moon and the images that came from that space travel gave a new perspective instigating a new awareness of our planet, its fragility and environmental concerns. There is no plan B because there is no planet B. 50 years later the temperature of the atmosphere continues to increase – It has already increased 1 degree since the industrial revolution; the atmospheric pollution is in a state of emergency, a sixth of the species of the planet are extinct and the oceans are increasing in acidification. The science is clear and available. We know what we have to do and it is our responsibility both as countries and individuals to do so. Collective and personal responsibility to change our lifestyles is imperative.
 
Read rest of report here.
 

 

News from COP21 for Sunday, 6th December: World Climate Summit

14 December 2015

World Climate Ltd, a global climate stakeholder platform, in partnership with Sustainia, arranged a one-day forum with business leaders, climate experts; financiers and policy makers. It was held in the Chamber of Commerce of Paris, close to the Champs-Elysee. Sonja and Golo were invited due to previous connections with Sustainia via the India-One Project.
 
The Sustania Awards Ceremony started with setting the rules for the meeting:
• No doom and gloom language
• Use language everyone understands
 
H.E. Hakima El Haite, The Environment Minister of Morocco, ended her key note speech on an unusual tone for a business event. She said: "Climate Change has no border, no religion, no nationality. If our country is vulnerable today, your country will be vulnerable tomorrow. We need courage, solidarity and love. We need to love for each other and humanity. We need more love". Sonja gave her a Brahma Kumaris blessing card with a heart on it. Hakima very much appreciated that and showed it to the audience.
 
Some points from the presentations:
• Climate change is the biggest change ever.
• How can non-carbon economy become mainstream economy?
• It is now not necessary to own everything, but rather to have access to everything. We can share our commodities.
 
Read the full report here.
 

 

COP21, Paris: Saturday, 5th December Report

14 December 2015

Brahma Kumaris Side Event at COP

The side event had the title of:  "The role of ethics and awareness in climate change solutions" and was organized with three other organizations:
  • Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association
  • Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW)
  • Green Asia Network
The panelists were a powerful group of people who all have a spiritual interest and expertise together with their dedication to service through various channels of teaching, politics and project management.
 
The panel included:
- Golo Pilz, adviser to Brahma Kumaris on renewable energies;
- Irina Zoubenko-Laplanta, Assistant Program Specialist in the Division of Ethics, Youth and Sports of UNESCO of the Social and Human Sciences Sector;
- Dr Vera Rodenhoff, Head of Division, German Ministry of Environment;
- Valeriane Bernard, Brahma Kumaris;
- Sister Jayanti, Brahma Kumaris;
- Venerable Chang Ji, Representative of the Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association of USA to the UN; and
- Zako Andricevic, a Buddhist teacher from Croatia (met through GPIW).
 
A shift in awareness is needed to promote changes in behavior and lifestyle to foster low emissions and the development of a resilient climate. Faith-based communities and others are building momentum to address the strengthening of personal and political will, to fulfill the responsibilities of our time.
 
Read the rest of the report here.
 

 

 

COP21, Paris: Thursday, 3rd December News

10 December 2015

The Ecumenical service was hosted by the Catholic church in Notre Dam (Our Lady) cathedral which is 700 years old and sited on the Isle de la Cité, a short walk from the Louvre. It is a majestic setting for any event and this beautiful event was specifically dedicated to the environment. The Catholic cardinals, Anglican archbishops, Russian Orthodox archbishops and others from the different branches of Christianity were all gathered together. There was a wonderful, colourful procession of people in the orange, purple, red and white robes, music, scripture readings, in French and in English. There was a display of different material goods representing the gifts that nature has given us and how we have to care for them. There were amazing huge tapestries with beautiful floral designs on the walls that really were a reminder of Paradise.

 
The message from the Council of Christian Churches of France (CÉCEF) for the COP21, read by the Archbishop of Sweden, included the words:
"We are particularly concerned for the weakest and poorest among us. Aware of the impact of the
lifestyle of the most developed countries, we need to call into question the logic of our consumption
and to allow our attitudes and actions to experience conversion, practicing restraint and simplicity,
not as a form of heroic renunciation but as a form of joyful sharing"
 
Full report with photos can be viewed here.
 

 

COP21, Paris Wednesday 2nd December Report

10 December 2015

Wednesday 2nd December - Press Conference

The role of Ethics and Human Awareness in Climate Change Solutions
 
The Brahma Kumaris held a press conference in the Climate Generation Space. The conference was
moderated by Sonja Ohlsson of Brahma Kumaris (BK) who introduced the panellists as:
Yeb Saño, was the chief climate change negotiator for the Philippines, and now he represents Our Voices.
Golo Pilz, Advisor on Renewable Energy to Brahma Kumaris.
Sister Jayanti, Direct of Brahma Kumaris for Europe and Middle East and the main BK representative to the UN in Geneva.
Sonja said the conference was to discuss the shifts in consciousness and changes in life style needed to create the development of a resilient climate. She observed that faith-based communities are developing momentum to strengthen the political and personal will to fulfill the responsibilities of our time.
 
Golo Pilz is responsible for the development of India One, a major renewable energy project supported by the India and German governments. He started the discussion by describing the Brahma Kumaris as a spiritual organisation working to inspire people to adopt spirituality and values in their lives. He suggested the BK vegetarian diet, if adopted globally, would end climate change as a problem. He said it was essential that ethics and values be introduced into the climate change decision-making process. The process has to start by developing the awareness and consciousness of individuals which dictate people's actions. Meditation is a powerful tool to facilitate this.
 
Brahma Kumaris have been developing renewable energy systems for 20 years. They have been used
for solar cooking and 6 such systems are in use. The largest can cook 35,000 meals per day. There are also 350 photo-voltaic power plants in use with 1.2MW total capacity.
 
The 6000 BK centres in India now have a green policy and photovoltaic systems are being introduced.
 
Read full report here.
 

 

COP21, Paris Tuesday 1st December Report

8 December 2015

Tuesday 1st December
It is becoming clear that faith-based communities are playing a more prominent and important role in the climate change negotiations. Today there was both a faith program and a UNESCO program in the public part of COP21- the Climate Generation Area. The whole Paris Brahma Kumaris group came to explore this area.
 
RINGO meeting
In the morning, Valériane went to the meeting of Research and Independent Non-Governmental organizations (RINGO). Brahma Kumaris are registered under this group.
 
Valériane was interviewed by France Culture (of Radio France) and it should be broadcast on Friday the 4th of December at 11.40 within a program on "Faiths and Climate Change". Valériane was also interviewed by Radio France Internationale on Spirituality and Climate Change.
 
Sister Jayanti and Valériane were interviewed (on video) on Spirituality and Climate Change by Maria Paula Schmidt from a Brazilian NGO: Uma Gota no Oceano (a drop in the ocean – ref: http://umagotanooceano.org/)
 
 
Read the rest of the report here.
 

 

Global Climate Conference of Youth (COY11), Paris, 26-28 November

8 December 2015

Paris hosted the 11th annual global conference of Youth (COY11) for Climate Change which takes place evrry year before the Conference of Parties (COP). Over 5000 young people from 130 countries united to present the voice of youth to the actual climate change negotiations. COY's aim has always been to give young people a platform to share skills, connect and be part of a movement towards a more sustainable society. Read more about COY on http://coy11.org/en/.
The Youth Delegation: Juan Vazquez (Canada), Laetitia Menville and Christopher Richon (France), Joshita Lutchoomun and Romina Melwani (UK) and Oldoez Moradi (Holland)
 
 

 

COP21, Paris - Report of Monday 30th November

4 December 2015

 
Monday 30th November
It is a big day today - one year's preparation for the Brahma Kumaris' COP21 team is culminating in
the first day of the conference. The atmosphere is quite tense with lot of expectations in the air.
 
COP21 kicks off in Paris with 147 world leaders
The COP21 United Nations climate summit began in Paris on Monday and nearly 200 countries and their leaders have assembled. US President Barack Obama said the summit could be a turning point in international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent catastrophic levels of global warming.
 
Exhibition Stand
The exhibition stand continued to help to get our message out to the world. Here, the team arrive at the COP centre.
 
Download full day's report here
 
 
 

COP21 in Paris - First report, Friday 27th - Sunday 29th November

1 December 2015

Friday 27th: Getting started

 

Friday 27th November the international COP21 delegation started to arrive in Paris from all over the world. A rather cold winter weather but a very warm welcome from the hosts - the Brahma Kumaris group in Paris and France.

 

The youth group had arrived a day before, and are very much engaged in the Youth Conference on Climate Change. The group

grew to 8 people with both international and French youth.

 

We had to settle in quickly on the very first day, as the COP21 Interfaith programs were due to start just the next day. The French BK group have really done everything possible to make us feel welcome – the welcome kit included all the information we needed, gifts with personal COP logos etc. A real community atmosphere has been created in the local centre. Over the weekend the total number of helpers, visitors, friends and

residents for lunch were 40 Brahmins.

 

Please see rest of report and photos here.

 

 

 

When We Change the World Changes - Climate Change 2015

30 November 2015

 

 

Sister Jayanti's news regarding her, Br Golo's and Delhi Sr Falak's Participation in a National Climate Change Conference in Bhopal

 

30 November 2015

Bhopal: The programme, the National Conference on "Global Warming an d Climate Change: A Way Out" took place in the Assembly itself. Sister Falak from Delhi, who connected with the VIP who is part of the Organising Team for this, was there, along with Br BK Golo. He also had a speaking slot on the 21st on the subject of "Solar Energy and Spirituality". On arrival at the Centre, I was briefed by Sister Falak and Br Golo on what had happened that day. Around 800 attended the event, and this time they had specifically invited Spiritual leaders.

 

There were 5 streams happening in the event, and the one in which we were asked to speak was on "Religion and Faith as Vehicles of Sustainability". The Speakers in the two sessions on Sunday, 22 November, were people from a variety of faiths: Parsi, Catholic , Muslim, Swami from Ajmer, Jain , a leader of the Bishnoi Community known for Living in Harmony with Nature, the Bahais, Tibetan: the official translator of HH Dalai Lama, a Monk from the Ramakrishna Mission, and Swami Samvit Somgiri who has been enthroned as Mahant. He had stayed in Abu for 23 years and knows the BKs well; he is the Mahant of the Shri Somnath Mahadev Mandir in Mt Abu. We also had a Professor of Ethics and Modern Theology of Catholic background.  

 

There were around 50-60 people within the stream that I was in. I was asked to chair the Second Session on the topic: Overcoming Environmental Racism in Promoting Justice. As I was chairing, I couldn't give a full talk, but I laid the framework for the discussion, and then we had a very healthy discussion.

 

We had a gathering of the BK family in the morning at the Centre, as well as a meeting with the teachers before breakfast and before going to the Conference. After a quick lunch at the Centre, we went to visit Dada Atmaram's family in Bhopal. There was a group of 50+ family and friends waiting for us. After a short visit we went back to the Conference.

 

The Closing Session was attended by the Chief Minister as well as the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mrs Sushma Swaraj. Mrs Sushma Swaraj gave a beautiful talk on the traditions within Hindu culture that show respect for nature, and are engrained deeply within every person of the family. The purpose of the whole event was a) to give suggestions to the Legislative Assembly as to how we can make a difference and w hat are the practical steps that can be taken. Each group, which included one on science, youth, women etc. gave their specific suggestions. The strongest suggestion that came from our group, and voiced by many, was that there needs to be education, and raising of consciousness and awareness and values within people generally, but especially within children and young people. 

 

The second purpose of this Conference was to encourage people to come to the Ujjain Kumbh Mela which is to happen in April/May 2016. So there seems to be an opening to have some kind of input in that event also.

 

We left for another programme which was taking place in a very well-known Theatre. The talk was on "Peace, Happiness and Rajyoga through Easy Rajyoga" . It was an hour's talk on Meditation and the gathering was several hundred people who were IPs and VIPs in contact with the Centre, with some BKs present also. Avdeshben, the Senior Instrument of Bhopal Sub-Zone, had been in Shantivan for the Administrators' Conference, but she made the journey back specially for one day to be with us at the Conference, and also the evening event.

 

After the public event, we went to the main Centre in Bhopal where Avdeshben lives, where there was another gathering of Brahmin family. The morning group had been a different one for that particular area, and this group was another from a different neighborhood. The hall was packed with a few hundred Brahmins. There was a chance for a short class, drishti and toli, followed by dinner and chit-chat.

 

 

 

"India One" Newsletter_November

30 November 2015

 

 

Next week, Paris hosts the 21st UN Climate Conference and our Green Team will be there

22 November 2015

"The world's eyes are on Paris " , due to both the recent dramatic events and the UN climate conference COP21 starting next week. Brahma Kumaris will have a delegation in the conference – a strong presence of peace and hope is more relevant than ever.

It is the 7th Climate Change Conference Brahma Kumaris Environment Initiative has engage d in, and we thank  those who have supported us and read our reports over the many years. On our webpage  www.eco.brahmakumaris.org you find info on:


Calendar of events – a total of 20 programs
- Description of the COP21 delegation - those who are officially nominated to COP
New statement : Building Spiritual Capacity to Respond to Climate Change.
- Press statement and talking points
- New booklet: Creating a Climate for Change.


The hosting BK family in Paris/France are doing a fantastic job. Altogether there are 15 visitors from abroad,  including an enthusiastic youth team, musicians and reporters. The conference dates are Monday 30 Nov.- Friday 11 Dec. 2015.

We trust that your good wishes will reach all the way to Paris. This year we will send rosary reports (short with lots of pictures!) approximately every 3 days. We will post daily blogs/reports on our webpage and the UK facebook page. You are m ost welcome to follow the news.  Om Shanti"


Brahma Kumaris COP21 Team

YOUTH TEAM: Romina and Joshita (UK), Juan (Canada), Laeticia and Christophe (France), Oldoez (Holland)
COP21: Sister Jayanti, Golo, Julia (NY), Valeriane (Switzerland), Sonja (Denmark), Laura ( Morocco), Patricia (Peru), Vikram (Mauritius) - COP 21
REPORTS, FILMS, MUSIC: Peter (Norway), Yusuf and Lynne (South Africa)
THE FRENCH FAMILY: Francois, Babeth, Armelle and the whole family by name


Climate of Hope for the Planet:

 

 

 

Join the effort: 24 Hrs of meditation for the Earth on 1st November

26 October 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Greetings of love from Madhuban

On the 1st November in Paris, there will be a 24 hours meditation for the earth to prepare for the climate change UN conference that will start at the end of November.

Brahma Kumaris is supporting this initiative and cooperating in the 24 hours meditation. http://www.24earth.org/fr/.

And you are all invited to join in with half and hour or an hour yoga, it would be great if all centers meditated for the earth around the world.

Do let us know if your Center decided to join in.

In Paris the BKs will be conducting the meditation from 7 to 8 pm in the Rex, the biggest movie theatre in Paris.

Sister Jayanti has given an interview to give Brahma Kumaris's official support to the initiative  and our perspective on meditation and its effects on the planet. And on the 18th of October during the international meditation in Gyan Sarovar, we dedicated the meditation to the earth and sister Jayanti introduced the 1rst of November meditation and opened the international meditation with a meditation commentary.

Both these videos will be shown on Peace of Mind channel on the 1st of November and you are all invited to watch them and contribute to this beautiful initiative.

If you cannot come to Paris or watch Peace of mind channel, you can still enjoy the videos since we'll upload the videos on our environment website http://environment.brahmakumaris.org/

The Green team

Valériane Bernard

Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University UN Representative

 

 

BK Green News Features Go Vegan and The Road to Paris

22 October 2015

Dear Green network

Thanks for the very positive response from many of you for the last newsletter. In this news mail we will feature:

- News from the growing vegan community in the BK world.

- The Road to Paris - preparations for next climate change conference COP21 in Paris Dec.  2015.

- Additional news: yogic farming, from India One solar site and new workshops.

GO VEGAN

From Helen in Oman, Eric in UK and Giorgio in Italy, our BK Vegan Promoters, see the BK Vegan facebook.

List of 100% Vegan Centres  - 1. Port Elizabeth, South Africa; 2. Helsinki, Finland ; 3. Aravali meditation sanctuary, Australia; 4. Munich, Germany; 5. Itteville Retreat Centre near Paris; 6. Fitzroy, Melbourne

Centres that recognise Vegan diet: - 1. Amsterdam had a vegan lunch for Rakhi

2. Worthing Retreat UK - vegan for residents, non vegan for guests; 3. Ubud, Bali - parents of a sister in centre have a vegan restaurant next to centre.

From Joanna and Isle of Man, UK:

A new series programs:  It is called Cooking for the Planet and World Meditation Hour and starts with a cooking demo of one or two vegan recipes.  After the meditation, they will get to sample the food!  For more details check out the website:  www.brahmakumaris.org/uk/isleofman.  Lights of the World cd by Carmen and Chris Connelly has some good commentaries (available on itunes) for WMH

From Luciana,  Brazil: I am going to the Northeast of Brazil for the National Vegetarian Congress. We have a stand there, we are launching a new vegan vegetarian cook book and I have a lecture there next Saturday. Ken and I became vegan, by the way.

THE ROAD TO PARIS  PARIS 

The preparations for next climate change conference COP21 in Paris in December 2015 is going on with full speed. French family has opened their hearts and homes for the topic and for the visiting delegation, thanks for that! The French family also have their own eco website. More to come on this topic!

24 hours for the Earth .

COP 21 is coming to Madhuban! A 24 hours "peaceful world-wide sit-in", with meditation and prayers for the Earth as preparation for COP21 will happen Sunday 1st Nov. Please join sister Jayanti, Valeriane, the French team and all others in Madhuban for World Peace Meditation for the Earth 16th October 18.30. It will be filmed and sent on the Internet and at the Grand Rex Theatre in Paris, as they occur in each of the participating countries. Follow the worldwide happening here: http://www.24earth.org/en

Creating a Climate for Change

Our new leaflet is ready, and can be seen here. Thanks to all people involved.

And Voila, here is the French leaflet!

A new statement is on the way, explaining in depths our position.

COP21 Program

We got our side event "The role of ethics and human awareness in climate change solutions"  accepted by the COP21 Conference . Sister Jayanti and Golo will be our speakers at the panel.

Preparations: examples of preparation that started more than a year ago.

News from Valeriane and UN conferences in Geneve on Human Rights and Climate Change:

News from an interfaith youth gathering in Rome during the summer. More info on the youth conference COY leading up to COP21

ADDITIONS from Last Newsletter

Tamasin Ramsay

Thanks for all the news! One reminder... this link to the interview on ABC Radio National on yogic farming. First time on mainstream media in Australia.

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/drive/yogic-farming-gains-ground/6781318

Kindness Workshop

Our new kindness workshop is now online, kind contribution from the Goldcoast Centre, Australia

Sunshine from Solar Site in Madhuban with news about technology trainings and awareness seminars being held by the Solar Team on site. You can also watch the latest INDIA ONE Movie. Another movie from Golos talk on World in Transition in London July 2015.

European Teachers ECO workshop, 2015

Finally, greetings from Francois in Paris, enjoy:

Asia Got Talent - Tribute to Mother Nature

To all of you with peace and kindness

from all of you &

Sonja & Arnold

ps. Click here if you want to join BK Green Facebook Group.

Brahma Kumaris Environment Initiative

www.environment.brahmakumaris.org

 

 

Latest News from the BK Green Network

24 September 2015

Green Heart for our Dadis as Guardian Angels

This news is being reported after a long time now, so the list of activities is large! 
 
You must have seen the latest news on the rosary two days ago of our Dadi becoming the ambassador for clean India. "Rajyogini Dadi Janki appointed as the Brand Ambassador of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) by Govt. of India". This is great news. Last year when it was Clean India day it was fantastic to see all brothers and sisters in white out sweeping the roads in Shantivan, cleaning solar site etc etc. 
   
Also remembering our Dadi Prakashmani when reading the news. She is our incognito green service supporter with her green glass stone shining brightly in the memorial ground. It was put up right after our first climate change conference.
 
Here is a list of other news in unsorted order. Thanks to Peter in Oslo for constant and reliable website work.
 
Indian Agriculture Minister supports yogic farming. International media alerted. See bottom left news corner on home page of website.
 
Wonderful Green Retreats in Lisbon, Portugal and in Peace Village! Click on the link and get inspired.
 
For the 3rd year now, BK's participated in the EU Energy week. Read the summary report with inspirations from Belgium, Poland, Germany, France, Scotland and Denmark.
 
Maureen from London, amongst others, participated in the EU Energy Week. Read her panel input on "Strenghtening Personal Resilience".
 
Green service reaches the True North - read about BK Golo's visit to Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.
 
Wonderful report on the environment and TREES from the Gold Coast, Australia.
 
More on trees from Brij Mohan in Delhi. Article in the Times of India - Let's plant more trees to save ourselves.
 
New guided meditations from Glasgow - creating a climate for change!
 
Thinking from a different mindset to face climate change - News from climate change conference in Bonn, Germany. Greetings from the German team plus visitors Valeriane, Golo and Francois. This link includes a paper from Francois, Paris.
 
The South Korean family and Valeriane send happy greetings from an interfaith conference on Climate Change, Sustainability and Resilience.
 
To live in harmony in Kyrgyzstan: François Becher visits and shares about Inner and Outer Ecology.
Newsletter from our green angels in North America!
 
Finally - Eco or Ego?
If we have forgotten any news, then please send a reminder
 
In remembrance of the Master of the Garden
on behalf of all of you 
Sonja & Arnold 
Brahma Kumaris Environment Initiative
 

 

Let's Plant More Trees to Save Ourselves: Editorial by Br Brij Mohan published in the Times of India

26 August 2015

Source: The Speaking Tree section of the Times of India, published 21 August 2015 (http://www.speakingtree.in/article/let-s-plant-more-trees-to-save-ourselves)

Trees have been venerated for ages in different cultures, as evidenced by the thousands of sacred groves created all over the world. Indic mythology contains references to the Kalpavriksha, a wish-fulfilling divine tree that is said to have emerged during the churning of the ocean of milk. Trees regarded as holy are worshipped in many parts of India, with the trees a status almost divine. Mounting concern about global warming and climate change has led people to regard trees as life-saving assets for humanity. There is growing recognition of the value of trees and the various ways in which they make our lives better.

 
Trees and forests provide habitat for indigenous communities and diverse flora and fauna. Apart from shelter, trees provide timber for construction, fuel for cooking and heating, fruit and seeds for food, and roots, leaves and bark with medicinal value.
 
Perhaps the most important role trees play is in moderating the climate. Increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, in the atmosphere, are the biggest contributors to climate change. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, removing and storing the carbon in their tissues while releasing the oxygen back into the air.
 
Oxygen bars, which have become popular over the past two decades, charge up to a dollar a minute to let you breathe air mixed with oxygen. Trees have been providing a similar service for millennia at no charge.
 
Trees also ensure that the air is pleasant to breathe; they absorb odors and pollutant gases such as nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone and filter out particulates by trapping them on their leaves and bark. This is one reason public parks and gardens provide a refreshing breath of fresh air to city-dwellers who spend most of their time in built-up areas.
 
In regions with hot summers, trees have added value. They cool their surroundings by providing shade and releasing water vapour into the air through their leaves, and break up urban "heat islands". Planted strategically around a home, they can cut cooling costs by half, helping conserve energy and reduce the power bill.
 
Trees also help anchor soil and reduce storm water runoff, allowing cities to install smaller and less expensive drainage ditches, storm sewers and other engineered solutions to storm water management. Reducing runoff also decreases topsoil erosion and the amount of silt and other pollutants washed into streams, rivers and lakes.
 
In arid and windblown areas, trees act as windbreakers, shielding people, animals and property against strong winds, sand and cold. In addition, they combat desertification.
 
The psychological value of some of these functions of trees cannot be overlooked. Studies have shown that patients with views of trees from their windows heal faster. Exposure to trees and nature reduces mental fatigue and aids concentration. Trees and landscaping have also been found to help reduce stress levels. Not only that; barren neighbourhoods have been found to have greater incidence of violence inside and outside homes than greener neighbourhoods.
 
It is not possible to list here all that trees do for us, but what is clear is that planting a tree is one of the best things one can do. It is a small way of repaying nature for its services. But in this, too, trees do us a favour: tree planting events promote community involvement, bringing people together to create a better future for everyone.  
 
(BK Brijmohan is the Chief Spokesman of the Brahma Kumaris Organisation).
 
 

 

How Can Meditation Help Our "World in Transition"? Report on the Green Service Tour of Nordic Countries by Br Golo

4 August 2015

 

Now is the Time: Green Retreat in Portugal

24 July 2015

Dear all,

Greetings of love from Belo Horizonte

The green retreat in Portugal was very special, people had lot of realisations and were involved with their hearts. I'm sharing here the report of the retreat with all of you.

With much love

In Baba's Yaad

Valeriane

Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University UN Representative

Geneve

 

Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW 15)

22 July 2015

The EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015 took place from 15-19 June 2015. However, Energy Days were organised during the whole month of June. BKs participated in a number of events from 26th May to the 21st of June:

  • 26th May, Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Lecture by Br Golo,  "World in Transition"
  • 5th June, Copenhagen, Denmark: Outdoor Meditation for the Environment
  • 5th June, Berlin, Germany: Lecture by Br Golo with power point presentation on "World in Transition – Beginning of a New Period of Time"
  • 14th June, Mullheim, Germany: Meditation & March to support a Transition to Sustainable Energies
  • 19th June, Freiburg, Germany: Meditation for the Planet
  • 15th June, Gdansk, Poland: Workshop - "3 x E: Ecology, Economy and Ethics in our life. How to balance these three dimensions of life in order to restore inner and outer harmony"
  • 18th June, Warsaw, Poland: Workshop - "Life Style and Climate Change - How to care daily for the Earth - inspirations for the heart and mind"
  • 15th June, Brussels, Belgium: Seminar & Interview on "Mind & Matter – How is your inner climate?" with Br Golo and Sr Maureen (London) being interviewed by Sr Sonja
  • 16th June, Brussels, Belgium: Lunch Networking Event at Aloft Hotel
  • 17th June, Brussels, Belgium Networking Village, Exhibition & Sharing at Committee of the Regions Building, European Commission, Brussels
  • 18th June, Glasgow, Scotland: Talk by Sr Rose Goodenough plus meditation and sharing on "Healing the Self, Restoring the Earth"
  • 21st June, Paris, France: Flash Mob and Lecture by Br Golo on "World in Transition"

Please see the full report with photos in the pdf.

 

 

Invitation to the Green Retreat at Peace Village, NY

17 July 2015

An invitation to The Third Annual North American BK Green Retreat, Peace Village Retreat Center, Haines Falls, NY from 31st July to August 2nd, 2015
 
Mind and Matter:  The Confluence of Two Living Systems. 
This year the Green retreat will break new ground by offering enjoyable options for how to serve in our service areas. Environmental issues concern many, and gyan provides methods and answers not available elsewhere. BKs in many countries are heeding BapDada's instructions to try new methods to find mikes and serve contact souls. The International Green Team has designed some workshops now being used to develop green spiritual consciousness in BKs and others. We will test drive some of these during the retreat and brainstorm outreach ideas for workshops in our service areas. Silence and science will cooperate as we combine mansa seva & quantum physics! 
 
Sunday is the second phase of retreat - we will shift gears and host a workshop for the public which includes an Om Café style session for sharing of ideas, instead of a panel of experts. Feel free to invite any environmentally-minded contacts you have, and please plan to stay for this phase of the retreat, if possible. It's an opportunity to observe, interact and build confidence for trying an event in your area. Having many Green BKs in the Café conversations will elevate the atmosphere, spiritual content and results. Networking will happen naturally, possibly leading to future programs with others.
 
The North American Green Retreat team is looking forward to your presence and sharing. Please register through your center coordinator.  Arrivals on Friday, Departures after lunch on Sunday. (after public program – from 10:30 am to 1:30pm)
 
For more information, contact the Green Team Coordinators:
Sister Shubi (Ohio) shubhragoel@yahoo.com   937-361-8039
Brother Gordan (California) peacefulsoular@yahoo.com    415-613-3751
 

 

Summer News BK Green Network

11 June 2015

Ever-green-greetings to all on the BK Green networking mailing list

There are heaps of interesting news in this newsletter, but this is also the last newsletter for the summer! News is sorted in future, past and inspiration. For the future we have now 10 new workshops for you! Plus new green talking points and a new leaflet on renewable energy.

Plus a call from the international fasting-community for people who want to donate one day of fasting! Not only of the mind, but also body:-) Read more below.

Wishing you a lovely summer or winter, wherever you are on this planet of ours. For your information, our BK green facebook group now have more 1200 member, and maybe 500 from India!

In remembrance of the Creator and the creation

Sonja & Arnold on behalf of all of you

FUTURE

10-ways to change the world concept
There is now a poster, blessing cards and 10 new fresh workshops based on this easy-approach-to-the -environment-concept. Feedback on the workshops would be most valuable. You find it all here on the webpage.
 
Fast for the Climate - special call to Asia region
Message Martin Kopp, Climate Justice Advocacy Officer, France:
Today 1st of June the 365 days of fasting reach Asia, where it will stay for a couple of months, before traveling to Africa for two months and finishing in Europe. As you can see here, we have almost no faster registered yet from June 10 on. It would be great to have BK members picking a day each and joining the fasting chain! Please find attached all of the necessary information (one-pager and formal invitation letter). Bottom line: kindly pick a day (if possible always one of the first available, as we don't wish to break the chain…). Invitation and Information here
 
New talking points - how to talk on the link between spirituality and sustainability
 
New leaflet on Brahma Kumaris and Renewable Energy
 
EU Energy Week is coming up here in June,  6 countries - 9 cities participating.
 
Peace of Mind in Madhuban in October. Due to very tight schedule of the BK Madhuban calendar, there will be no special Green day this year. However, there will be a talk on solar and the environment as part of the program. You can also take your guest to a visit of the solar site on the way to Ahmedabad on the last day. Sister Aneta will be there showing you around, if you arrange it beforehand.
 

PAST NEWS

Thriving partnership Pachamama Alliance and BK

Maisa Arias, on behalf of the Educational Programs at the Pachamama Alliance writes: In this newsletter, you'll learn about Facilitators using Pachamama Alliance's Up to Us engagement pathway to build and strengthen Communities in China, San Diego, CA, and Mexico, as well as our thriving partnership with Brahma Kumaris.News here:

Bonn Climate Change Conference is happening 1st - 12th June. We had a very good side event "Thinking with a different mindset to face climate change". very good co-operation between the German host group, the international BK group and the international NGO community. See more here:. More news will be uploaded soon.

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), is a German government-funded research institute addressing crucial scientific questions in the fields of global change, climate impacts, and sustainability. Ranked among the top environmental think tanks worldwide. Thorsten (Berlin), Golo and Sonja met with 2 scientists from PIK at the institute in Berlin last week and introduced our BK Environment Initiative. A new research field is established to look into the relationships between human beings and their environments and religious/spiritual beliefs and practices.

Any BK scholar out there interested in this research? There is a Forum called "European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment"  for scholars to join.

News from Vietnam

Arnold, who is currently in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) did give a talk at the centre about Sustainable Development. Some 50 BK's attended and it proved that raising awareness is an essential first step in creating change. A few days later, he did give a workshop about Personal Responsibility, with some content from the EarthCare workshop. Some 70 BK's attended and they are really committed to care (more) for the environment.

Expo 2015, Italy

From Monica, Milan: We visited various pavilions with a vast array of design and variety.  By 15.30 were ready to relax in the Expo centre to be part of the event marking World Environment Day with it's title "7 Billion People – One Dream – Consume with Care".  UN,  FAO and Expo officials  gave encouraging speeches.  The last speaker, part of the organizational team for 15 Best Practices, was excellent and we met her personally afterwards. Good news in mailbox same day! – Sustainable Yogic Agriculture will be part of short presentations at EXPO on July 10th.  We plan to have a workshop same week-end – all welcome!  Om shanti

INSPIRATION

From our Dadi Janki on the 5 elements

Baba has given us a good understanding of the five vices.  Before we were under the influence of the five vices.  Even the elements were under the influences of the vices.  You have seen this.  Suddenly a fire will spark or an earthquake will erupt somewhere.  Now we have to do such elevated actions that we move beyond this influence.  What are elevated actions?  All of the sevadharis making food for you in the kitchen, all of those who cleaned rooms so that you could stay…this is elevated action.  Some are washing pots.  Some are cooking.  Some are sweeping. These are elevated actions.  And the five elements are not only ‘out there'.  This body is made of the five elements – sky, wind, fire, water and skin is the earth.  So now I treat all of them with a lot of love. (Peace Village June 2015)

Crown Princess on Climate

Norways Crown Princess Mette-Marit giving 10 minutes inspirational talk on issues in climate communication, at EAT conference in Stockholm in June 2015. Youtube link here

With this royal ending we hope you found it all inspirational!

from Vietnam:

Entering Potsdam Institute:

Milan World Expo:

 

 

Dreamers Needed, World Environment Day and More

13 May 2015

Dear Network of BK's interested in sustain-ability and the natural environment

Many greetings. Beautiful spring in this part of the world.

When you go to our website, you will enjoy a new suggestion for logo and banner. It is made in India during Holi time, all the colours representing the beautiful natural golden aged world that we all are doing our best to create.

World Environment Day - Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care

World Environment Day is coming up very soon, it is Friday 5th June. Maybe you like to arrange an "environment day" in that connection. You can read more here, it comes in under UN Environment Program, UNEP

In Copenhagen we will do an outdoor meditation, most welcome!

Where have all the Dreamers gone? 

The Spirit of Utopia is coming to Peace in the Park in Oxford this year!

Let's dream together. You can share your dream here.

EU Energy Week - 6 countries in the EU have now signed up for a green program in the month of June- Germany, France, UK, Denmark, Belgium, Poland. It is still open for registrations, read more here

New UNDP Training center at India-One solar site, Shantivan

A training centre sponsored by UNDP/GEF/MNRE for the promotion of solar concentrating technologies has been set up at India One power station.  The second training program was held in April 2015 on the parabolic reflector, sharing the world class technology developed by the Brahma Kumaris.

Read more, many pictures in report:

Healing the Self, Restoring the Earth

Seminar at Global Co-operation House, London. Some points from Sr Joanna's input:

· Nature listens to the rhythms and cycles and temperatures

· Nature always knows the best time and the right time to do things

· Animals have a heightened ability to listen to the signals of nature and act on them.

· Human beings are disconnected from this because we don't listen to our hearts

Read the whole report

What is possible?

Peace Friends, I saw this during earthday, and I remembered to search for it.  This is a powerful 4 minute video Narrated by Morgan Freeman.  He starts by saying one day, we will have a world where the weather isn't getting more extreme, and species stop going extinct.  One day, the sea will stop rising.  The question is, how do we get there from here.  The video is full of inspiring images.  Get ready to watch it. greetings from Gordan, US.

 India's other daughters – The village that plants 111 trees when a girl is born!

In a country that still favours the birth of a son, Piplantri village in Rajasthan not only embraces daughters but has created a tradition that benefits both the local people and the planet. This endearing village makes a conscious effort to save girl children and the green cover at the same time, by planting 111 trees every time a girl is born. A brilliant exercise in eco-feminism, this should inspire India and the rest of the world. This wonderful eco-conscious tradition ensures that an increase in human population will never come at a cost to the environment. It is literally helping to ensure a greener future with each new generation.

 More information if you have time:

·         The village gathers as a community and plants 111 fruit trees in honour of every newborn female child.

·         Village residents collect Rs. 21,000 between themselves and Rs.10,000 from the girl's parents. This sum of Rs. 31,000 is made into a 20-year fixed deposit for the girl.

·         Parents are legally bound by a signed affidavit stating that their daughter will receive proper education. The affadavit also mandates that the girl should be married only after she reaches legal age and the trees planted after her birth have been correctly looked after.

·         The community ensures that the trees survive, attaining fruition as the girl grows up.

·         The villagers don't just plant trees, they look after them as well. To protect the trees from termites, the residents plant aloe vera plants around them.

·         These trees, and especially the aloe vera plants, are now a source of livelihood for several residents.

·         This unique tradition was first suggested by the village's former leader, Shyam Sundar Paliwal, in honour of his daughter who passed away at a young age. In the last 6 years, over a quarter of a million trees have been planted.

·         Villagers claim there has not been any police case here for the last 7 to 8 years.

Om Shanti and yaad pyar
Sonja, Arnold and all contributors
Brahma Kumaris Environment Initiative

www.environment.brahmakumaris.org

 

 

BK Green Network News - April 2015

17 April 2015

Om Shanti and diamond morning to the BK green network
 
Climate Change has come a reality in our BK heart of Madhuban. There has been heavy rainfall, hailstorms and temperature drops two times in March and now also in April, a few days ago. The crops of the local farmers have been destroyed and it will be very troublesome for them in this season. We are sending our subtle support. There are some very relevant articles about food security later in this mail.
 
Some of you have nicely commented that it is long time ago we had a green mail, and that is of course nice to hear. Anything you like to be included, please send. Enjoy below invitations to green retreats, news and Waoh no Cow.
 
Green Retreats in Portugal and US
Warm welcome to next green retreat from Valeriane (Switzerland) and Joanna (UK). It will take place in Lisbon center in July and theme is "Our relationship with Nature. Please see attached invitation for full description
 
TO THE EUROPEAN AND MIDDLE EAST GREEN RETREAT 2015
"Our relationship with Nature", Lisbon center, Portugal, Thursday 2nd July - Monday 6th July 2015
 
We have a special connection with the environment and it is so important to have space to think deeply about our current relationship with the earth and the world. 
Baba has been teaching us about the need to serve the elements and create pure actions in the special time we are passing through.
Next turn is Peace Village July 31-Aug 2, 2015. The working title: "Spreading conscious light by linking inner and outer resources"
 
6 Habits of the Heart  - Sister Gayatris address to Interfaith gathering in NY about 6 habits of the heart for a more sustainable world.
 
Waoh No Cow    - the importance of vegan diet. 
 
 
 
 
A facebook group called BK World Vegan has been created "To encourage an open dialogue about ethics and moral issues with respect to a vegan diet". In the confluence age we are developing sanskars for satyug. In Satyug we will have love and compassion for all living beings, should this apply now as well?
Join the BK Vegan community on facebook:https://www.facebook.com/groups/bkworldvegan/
 
Food security  - nice articles on food security in last issue of Center Piece, read more here
 
India one newsletter March 2015, link
Read about inaugurations of new training center and see new photos.
 
South American green programmes - News with pictures from green angels programs in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay.
 
Best wishes and yaad pyar
 
Sonja & Arnold
Brahma Kumaris Environment Initiative
 
 

Green News - Neighborhood, COP20, Global Emotional Warming

28 January 2015

Dear BK Green Network, om shanti and many greetings.

1. This newsletter will start with a blog from br. Arnold in Holland:

Sustainability begins at home - Many times, we have heard it in the Murli 'Charity begins at home'. It is about being kind and loving towards yourself and your family. It is also about being an example yourself  in order to do service. This is very powerful. We could say that the same applies to 'Sustainability begins at home'. We can only be a trustworthy source of service, if we practice what we preach in our green initiatives. This means that we apply these principles in our own homes and centers: 

· Living with Simplicity · Buying compassionately ·  Using Economically· Learning Continuously · Sharing Generously

If we take this approach one step further, we could even say that our street, our neighborhood (maybe even our city) is also a part of our family. Then our centers could become the shining examples of a sustainable and spiritual lifestyle. At the same time we can help our neighbors to become more resilient, both internally and externally. Charity means then being loving for ourselves, our family, our neighborhood and nature. Please let us know (via environmentblog@brahmakumaris.org) whether you are interested in this 'green neighborhood' service. 

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Arnold also reports on the increasing number of members in our Facebook Green Group -especially from the Philippines and India. Currently our group has 406 members. If you want to join, then request to join on the Green Group's page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/GreenBK/).

2. New article from Mike George - Global Emotional Warming

3. The Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru was a fantastic experience. Our large BK delegation was mainly noticed by our calm, hopeful and positive presence. Our hosts - the BK family in Lima - did a fantastic job, and by the end of the 2 week long stay we came over 25 programs total. It was indeed a great INCA-trail of service and happiness. If you want inspiration, lots of photos, please have a look at the 8 colorful reports we did.

4. The Green Service tour of South America happened before and after the COP conference in Lima. Big thanks to all countries involved. A separate service story will come in next mail. The Spanish version is online.

5. A global Hindu response to climate change - The Bhumi Project have created the first ever united global Hindu voice to address environmental concerns. They aim to Apply traditional wisdom to modern concerns through making traditional Hindu culture and wisdom relevant to address environmental concerns. They celebrate the Hindu Environment Week 15th-21st February. if you like to dedicate a green program to you or contact local temples, please send a mail to us at environment@brahmakumaris.org

Anything you would like to share? Please send news and thoughts.

TED Talk: From the Danish Green Think Tank we got following TED talk recommendation:

the Buddhist Monk Ricard Matthieu putting altruism into a environmental context, on how Altruism can guide not only individual change, but also collective change in our society.

Quote: Everyone from Teddy Roosevelt to John C. Maxwell to Antoine de Saint-Exupery has been attributed with coining the phrase:

Best of all, from all to all

Sonja & Arnold 

Greetings from URI:

 

 

Greetings from the Sustainability Initiative Team

1 January 2015

Let us together build a sustainable environment with innovative solutions in this New Year 2015