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Eco Inspirations for You - February 2020 issue 2

2 March 2020

Dear Friends of the Green Newsletter

Happy Shivratri to all original utopians

 

Update from Arnold: “Last year the awareness of climate emergency was spreading all over the globe. That awareness doesn’t need any more promotion. We are now in a turbulent transition between this awareness and sustainable, regenerative actions at any level. Everyone is needed to address the challenges. And nobody can do this alone, even governments need the contribution of every citizen. Community-building is essential. Our service can make sure that these communities are built upon peace, kindness and respect. “

 

A Green Review 2020 has been sent to all centers in Europe and Middle East. We are looking forward to receive your answers on water saving, diet, purchasing, simple living etc.

 

From Africa:
UNEP Activity in Nairobi - permanent representatives to the United Nations Environment programme

 

Faith for Earth Workshop –  was held at the UNEP in Nairobi, Kenya on  December 2019.This was an international three day workshop, attended by Faith for Earth leaders on invitation by UNEP, to develop proposals in line with the sustainable development goals to address issues of climate change. The Brahma Kumaris were represented by Sisters Pratibha Patel and Dorcas Alusala.

 

Brahma Kumaris and Vedanti bhen were invited to this important forum for NGO's in KenyaAfrica National NGOs/CSOs Conference & Sustainable Development Goals Award 2019

 

Building Community Resilience: The Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute policy conference was held on 5-7 November 2019 in Johannesburg.  Its purpose was to allow faith leaders from Southern Africa and beyond to deliberate, share practices, and jointly develop policy positions on a number of key issues.  Sister Usha of Brahma Kumaris gave an impassioned speech at the closing of the conference.

 

From India

India is picking up on activities!

Prakruti Mitra Award Friends of Nature Award


Brahma Kumaris centre in Bangalore was honoured  with the "Prakruti Mitra Award" by BNM Institute of Technology, Banashankari & Heritage Trust(R) , Basavanagudi.

 

All Faith Climate Change Sangam event in Calcutta

 

Conference in Chennai - CSI Department of Ecological Concerns organised an international conference on ‘Greening the Globe for sustainable living’ from the 1st to the 4th August 2019 at CSI Synod Centre, Chennai. Shantanu and Shrinidhi from Madhuban participated and held a polpular workshop.

 

LOOKING AHEAD:

Green Day in Madhuban 3rd March. Another green day will take place soon in Madhuban. Through presentations and interviews about Climate Emergency and Planetary Consciousness we l go deep into the connection between mind and matter. We will arrange a variety of green conversations, art workshops, silent morning walks and aevening peace concert. You are most welcome to join.

 

Mother Earth Day

50th. Anniversary on Wednesday, April 22. Events that support this campaign can be of great service to our world. Please send us your ideas and news. Get involved

 

Green BK Retreat in Lisbon -  You are invited the next European Green Retreat 18th to 22nd June 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal. Theme: “connecting with nature; Serving through vibrations, relationships” More info and register online 

 

Recommended links:
From Wendy to all "original utopians": A New Narrative - The Best Case Scenario

'Air is cleaner than before the Industrial Revolution': a best case scenario for the climate in 2050

From Glasgow Inner Space:

 

Quote Jem Bendel: In facing our climate predicament, I have learned that there is no way to escape despair. But there seems to be a way through despair. It is to love love more than we fear death. That love is why we experience loss and grief. After loss and grief there is still that love. So as things get really difficult in the years to come, I hope I will keep asking myself – what does love invite of me now? 

 

From Arnold: Transform FoodSystems - read about no-ego kitchen MAD 

 

From Peter: Having Conversations Having conversations about climate change in our daily lives plays a huge role in creating social change.

 

Peaceful Greetings
Brahma Kumaris Environment Initiative
and your newsletter editors
Peter, Golo, Arnold, Sonja

 

 

 

Sign up to stop gravel extraction at Oxford retreat center and update Coronavirus

2 March 2020

Hello dear friends,

 

I thought you would want to do something about a possible glitch to the future of our magnificent Global Retreat Centre in Oxfordshire.

 

There are proposals to effectively rip up the landscape 400m from the edge of GRC grounds, for open cast gravel extraction – an area 2km long and 1km wide!  We have just over a week - till 4th of March - to raise as many objections as possible to stop this from happening. It is likely to have a huge effect on retreat centre guests: - the silence will go, wildlife will flee, the beautiful landscape will be ruined. Nuneham, a place where poets found inspiration, philosophers pondered the meaning of life and now, anyone who needs it, can find solace.  I feel the world would want us to protect this priceless treasure.

 

Please take note of this call to action and save this peaceful place for everyone who needs it in the years to come.

 

To make a compelling case for halting these plans, please encourage as many peoplewho have been to GRC as you can, to do the same.It is the weight of feeling that is likely to have most impact on the decision. If someone is a non-English speaker, please tell them to feel free to respond in their own language.

 

We have made a simple form which automatically sends an email to the local government department. Please click on this link globalretreatcentre.org/gravel/ 

 

We have a priceless asset in our house, park, garden, village and landscape and we have to do the maximum possible to ensure that we preserve it.

 

Please take the time to support this objection. It is absolutely to our benefit.

 

Thank you for your good wishes, love and cooperation.

 

In remembrance of the Supreme,

 

Sister Jayanti,
European Director, Brahma Kumaris

 

 

Dear Centre Coordinators,

 

Loving greetings from Abu. Many Double Foreigners gathered in Gyan Sarovar to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the campus. It was a lovely scene when all the foreigners expressed their appreciation of the Gyan Sarovar Niwasis for their 25 years of tireless service. Now the Integrated Retreat (CNC, NCCC & Boards) is going on in Shantivan.

 

I am sure you have all been keeping up with the news regarding the spread of COVID 19 (Coronavirus).

 

Experts say that the window to contain the disease may close rapidly and we may have to face a pandemic. This would mean the virus will spread around the globe.  The infection is already in about 30 countries with Asian countries (along with China) being badly affected.  In India there are three confirmed cases in Kerala.

 

The major role of Governments is to contain the virus.  Anyone suspected of the virus will be placed in Quarantine for 14 days.

 

As many Double Foreigners are already travelling to India and will continue to travel during March and April, Dr Partap of Global Hospital and others have given some advice:

 

Travel:

Please avoid / restrict travel.  Travel only if essential particularly to and from Asian countries.

 

Those who are elderly and those who have any pre-existing medical condition such as Diabetes, Asthma (Chronic Cough) and heart disease should avoid travel.

 

If you have felt unwell (fever, cough, breathing problems) within 14 days of travel, please get a check up before travelling.

 

Take the window seat while travelling, if possible

 

Follow the news and advice from the local authorities.  Countries may impose travel restrictions or guidelines which have to be followed.

 

Contact:

Avoid close contact with people who have any flu-like symptoms whether at home or if you have stayed in a Hotel / Hostel / Guest House or are in a neighbourhood that has had a case of infection.

 

Personal Health and Hygiene:

Wash / disinfect hands more often and thoroughly. Wear a face mask, particularly in large gatherings.  Avoid handshakes and close contact.

 

As a precaution boost your immune system as much as possible.

 

The virus has already caused substantial financial and economic damage to the global economy. Keep your centre / homes well stocked with all necessities.
 

When you are in Madhuban please immediately report to your teacher or go to the dispensary if you develop symptoms of flu - fever, cough and shortness of breath.

 

Baba’s children will always be safe under the canopy of protection while being sensible and taking precautions.

 

With love, In Baba's yaad

RCs                 

                    

Peaceful Greetings
Brahma Kumaris Environment Initiative
and your newsletter editors
Peter, Golo, Arnold, Sonja

 

 

 

Green Newsletter - Eco Inspirations for You

6 February 2020

Hello everybody, after a bit of time we do send you a new green newsletter!  Recently we have created a new webpage, been to the climate change conference in Madrid and had a variety of green action going on. There is lots of information in this newsletter and soon another issue with focus on Africa and India will follow.

 

Have a look at the webpage and let us know what you think.

 

Have you seen or subscribed our BK ECO YouTube Channel

 

Golo's TED Talk “World in Transition - A Spiritual Awakening and New Paradigm” is also available there.

 

COP25 – The annual UN Climate Change Conference took place in Madrid, Spain in December 2019. It was the 11th Climate Conference in which Brahma Kumaris was actively participating. The conference was abruptly moved to Madrid, Spain due to the civil unrest in Chile.  So everybody was forced to change tickets and plans. The BK Environment initiative participated in more than 26 programs. The need for a peaceful presence is the need of the time as the so called new “Eco Anxiety” is spreading wing at a fast speed. Here is a link to all 12 reports with many photos

 

Youth Conferences on Climate Change
In India, Austria, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands many young BK’s have been active to protect the environment or raise the awareness. Their reports along with photos can be seen here
LINK 

 

Fridays for Future in Berlin
Nice open air walking act with a cow mask on Friday 20th September. See pictures with posters "
For a Climate Change in the heart"
 and "Respect and compassion for all creatures/ beings"

From London:

The annual How the Light Gets In Festival, organized by the Institute of Art and Ideas, brings together leading thinkers and public figures to discuss topical and wide-ranging themes. Sister Jayanti particpated in the debaate: "Modern Crises and Ancient Gods", read more here or see a clip at IAI TV, or hear the podcast

 

Sister Jayanti writes from Global Co-operation House: On the 24th Jan, we had a presentation of Eco-Cleaning Products that had been researched to an amazing degree, and it was a very interesting briefing on the whole subject of products that are free from cruelty to animals. It’s surprising to know of the things that go on in the world today.

 

UK Green Group: You may have heard of Veganuary which is an initiative that encourages people to try going vegan for the month of January.  The websiteprovides lots of useful information and practical support. Going vegan is one of the best choices anyone can make to reduce the suffering of animals, help the planet and improve personal health.

 

On the last weekend in November, some of the UK eco team met at Worthing Lighthouse Retreat Centre to trial a Green Champions training programme to give support to BKs and/or BK centres in adopting more eco-friendly practices.

 

Soul and Soil that was organised for National Interfaith Week in November in the Isle of Man.  See also Greenfaith for inspirations:

 

Personal Experiences from Australia:

"We have just have  horrendous bushfires in two states in Australia going on  - the likes of what has never been seen before - hotter, bigger, faster and harder to control.  Our Sakash Team has asked for an increase in good wishes and peaceful vibrations for everything and everyone affected by the fires - especially the animals.

 

This morning three of us joined in an activity run by our City Council called Sand Angels - hoping to break the record of the number of people who did this.  You lie in the sand on the beach and move your arms and legs to make impressions like wings and the dress of an angel.  There were groups of different colored angels - we were the Green Angels! - which I thought was very fitting :)"

 

"We had two Good Vibrations special events (one in Sydney, the other in the Blue Mountains) in relation to the wild fires across Australia. We invited all Meditators to gather together to meditate/prayer: to calm the element of fire; heal the pain and losses (people, animals, nature, property); re-energize the exhausted fire-fighters, emergency workers and infrastructure workers; and to replenish nature and the environment.  We played all the Green Angel Guided Meditations. " (See the invitation at the end of this mail)

 

Good News: Our headquarters in Mount Abu and Abu Road have declared to be a plastic free Zone - Congratulations.

 

LOOKING AHEAD:

Green Day in Madhuban 3rd March. Another green day will take place soon in Madhuban. Through presentations and interviews about Climate Emergency and Planetary Consciousness we l go deep into the connection between mind and matter. We will arrange a variety of green conversations, art workshops, silent morning walks and aevening peace concert. You are most welcome to join.

 

Mother Earth Day: 50th. Anniversary on Wednesday, April 22. Events that support this campaign can be of great service to our world. Please send us your ideas and news. Get involved. 

 

Green BK Retreat in Lisbon -  You are invited the next European Green Retreat 18th to 22nd June 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal. More info in next newsletter.

 

Green Faith (Christian environment initiative)  invites you to host a Living the Change Supper or a conversation in your faith community. We’ve developed a great toolkit to help you organize your own Living the Change Supper or guided conversation, which has everything you’ll need to create a really special event. 


Peaceful Greetings
Brahma Kumaris Environment Initiative

and your newsletter editors
Peter, Golo, Arnold, Sonja

 

 

Climate Change Conference (COP25). Chile Report 2 & Youth Activities

12 January 2020

Brahma Kumaris Environment Initiative: Activities

 

The second COP25 report from Chile is now available.  It includes some of the many programmes planned for COP25 and continued even though the COP moved to Spain. It can be seen at: LINK 

 

All the COP25 reports can be seen at LINK 

 

Many young people around the world have also been active for the environment in many places, including:

  • India
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Netherlands

Their short reports and many photos can be seen at LINK 

 

See also:

 

ECO Website: https;//eco.brahmakumaris.org

 - https://www.facebook.com/bkenvironmentinitiative/

 - https://www.twitter.com/EcoBrahmaKumari

 - https://www.instagram.com/ecobrahmakumaris/

 

With all good wishes for a happy new year.

COP25 team

 

 

 

 

 

 

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