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Replays of Recent Productions of the Green Team

3 July 2020

23 June - Ease The Change [03:15] Visual Green Angel Meditation https://youtu.be/9wFVoeXcF0Y

 

23 June - Flourishing Futures International 5 June [1:08:58] A new initiative by Brahma Kumaris Youth launched on the occasion of the World Environment Day 2020 https://youtu.be/upa5rnNWo-M

 

23 June - Healthy Mind Healthy Planet (Session Recording 31 May 2020) Healing Our Earth #HOE [7:13:16] 28  different speakers from around the world shared their own insights on how the mind and the earth are connected; how peace comes from within; how to heal the earth we need to change from head to heart. https://youtu.be/xj3phpoeUZ4

 

22 June - The Ocean Appreciating Water [11:59] meditation commentary video was made in honour of the UN Day of Oceans. https://youtu.be/pPAcInWLLJk

 

19 June -  Human Rights and Climate Change [1:00:00] https://youtu.be/F9HF7DVpznI 

Geneva Interfaith Forum (GIF) on Climate Change, Human Rights, and the Environment; Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (BKWSU); Dominican for Justice and Peace Lutheran World Federation (LWF); World Council of Churches (WCC); and Soka Gakkai International (SGI)

 

 

 

 

Green Newsletter June, 2020

26 June 2020

People are somehow getting used to the news about Corona. This means that the climate emergency is again receiving attention. In the  Arctic Circle temperatures are exceeding 40 degrees Celsius. This indicates how much the soil of what once was permafrost is heating up. The good news is that many citizens, communities and governments are more open to ‘green deals’ to both recover from the economic impact of Corona as well as to build a better future. ‘If not now then never’ is the urgent mantra for today and tomorrow.


Best wishes from Arnold Beekes, Holland.

 

 Brahma Kumaris Statement on Covid 19 

 

 

Healing Concert with Desert Rose

Desert Rose will be doing a Live Online Global Healing Concert in 3 time zones and 6 continents on 27 June 2020. For more info or to register and add code AFRICA108GHC for free participation.

 

Invitation to Virtual Green Retreat   -  11th and 12th July 2020

You are warmly invited to the Virtual Green Retreat on Zoom.  We have been going through an extraordinary crisis. So, it would be very healthy and enlightening to reflect deeply and share our findings to enrich ourselves and our community, as well as the world we wish to serve. Saturday 11 July 2.30 to 4.30pm CEST:  Appreciating and naming empowering lessons learned during the Covid19 crisis and its personal and environmental consequences. Sunday 12 July 2.30 to 4.30pm CEST: Deep inner sustainability – Creating the future. For information and registration for this retreat, please email Valeriane: valeriane.bernard@ch.brahmakumaris.org%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank

 

Invitation to Climate Change Ethics and Human Rights Webinar (Eng-Sp), 1st July at 17.00 CEST, click here.

 

 

New Meditation Videos:

UN Oceans Day
Visual Water meditation dedicated to UN Oceans Day on 8 June.

 

Ease the Change
New Green Angel Visual Meditation called Ease the Change.

 

Reports and World Environment Day

More than 300 centers in India celebrated World Environment Day. Congratulations to the Rural Wing who arranged it all. Here is a glimpse from
Mehsana,  and from Tapovan with Bharat bhai.

 

Flourishing Future
BK youth from different countries hosted events and workshops locally or virtually on the theme “Flourishing Futures - Nourishing Biodiversity Now”. Video from event on 5th June.

 

Effect of Covid-19 on Climate Change & World Renewal
Amidst the worldwide lockdown and in conjunction with World Environment Day, BK Environment Initiative, in cooperation with Brahma Kumaris Malaysia and Awakening TV Channel, hosted a thought-provoking event. Written report or Watch on youtube

 

Healthy Mind, Healthy Planet
28 different speakers from around the world shared their own insights on how the mind and the earth are connected; how peace comes from within; how to heal the earth.

 

Webinar on Climate Change and Human Rights
arranged by Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, Human Rights and the Environment -  Brahma Kumaris - Dominican for Justice and Peace -  Lutheran World Federation - World Council of Churches  - Soka Gakkai International. 

 

 

   

REPLAY: CLEAN THE MIND, GREEN THE EARTH - on World Environment Day (Talk in English) Speaker - BK Supriya (Mount Abu, India)

22 June 2020

REPLAY LINK: https://youtu.be/4gEq6I2l2DU

 

 

Report on Global LIVE Public Talk: 'Effect of COVID-19 on Climate Change & World Renewal" 31 May

12 June 2020

Dear BK Divine Family, Loving greetings.

 

 We are pleased to attach the Report on recent Global YouTube LIVE Public Talk themed: 'Effect of COVID-19 on Climate Change & World Renewal"  successfully hosted from Madhuban Worldwide via YouTube Live/Awakening TV Channels on Sunday, 31 May 2020 at 5.30 pm India time. The recording can be accessed at tiny.cc/newera2020.

 

The Talk was held in conjunction with UN World Environment Day on 5 June.

 

We thank you for your unlimited support and for reaching out.

 

Stay GREEN. Stay SAFE.

 

Lots of love,

In Baba's Sweet Yaad

BK Letchu, Malaysia and BK Sonja, Denmark

 

Report on Global Eco Talk AAA

 

 

 

 

 

E-Seminar on “Call of Covid 19 : Harmony with Nature” REPLAY

7 June 2020

On the occasion of World Environment Day Brahma Kumaris family invites you to watch an e-seminar on Call of Covid 19 : Harmony with Nature

 

  • Time:  Sunday 07 June, 2020  5:00 PM
  • Keynote:  BK Shivani (Speaker of International repute)
  • Blessings: BK Kamlesh (Director, Cuttack Subzone)
  • Chief Guest:  Surya Narayan Patro (Honourable Speaker, Odisha)
  • Special Guest: Dr. Debabrata Swain (Hon’ble member, Lokayukta, Odisha)
  • Divine Address: BK Durgesh (Senior Rajyoga Teacher, Bhubaneswar)
  • Special Guest: Dr. S.N. Patro (President, Odisha Environment Society)
  • Greetings: Padmini Panigrahi (Entrepreneur, Social Activist of repute, Rourkeela)

 

WATCHYou Tube channel ‘Gyan Khajana’: https://youtu.be/2aP5LGW5fdY

 

 

 

 

Worldwide Webinar REPORT Healthy Mind, Healthy Planet Sunday 31st May, 2020

7 June 2020

Worldwide Webinar

REPORT

Healthy Mind, Healthy Planet

 

Eminent speakers and wonderful performers from all walks of life from Peru, Costa Rica, New York, Canada, Brazil, South Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Philippines, Hong Kong and Australia contributed to the Healthy Mind, Healthy Planet webinar.  The range of brief talks was fascinating and,along with the musical interludes, were heard by nearly 25,000 people. 

 

The event was dedicated to the UN Environment Day which this year was 5th June.

 

Healingourearth.com(HOE) instigated these regular Sunday webinars as a result of the Covid pandemic because of a need to heal and restore ourselves and the planet.  Nil Kumar invited the Brahma Kumaris to participate on Sunday May 31st 2020 when, over a seven-hour period, the twenty-eight different speakers from around the world shared their own insights on how the mind and the earth are connected; how peace comes from within; how to heal the earth we need to change from head to heart; how the economy is in need of new measures; and much, much more.

 

We were hosted by several members of the HOE team along with some excellent presentations on topics such as Ayurveda as well as beautiful musical interludes.

 

Below is a portfolio of the speakers and a link to view their presentations.

 

We are pleased to offer the link to view: Click below image to play.

 

 

To view the timetable of individual presenters please visit:https://healingourearth.com/bk-zoom

 

 

 

 

WATCH “Flourishing Futures” – Online Youth Environment Program held on June 4

7 June 2020

The food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature. Yet, these are exceptional times in which Nature is sending us a message to reflect how we care for ourselves and for nature.  It is time to wake up. To take notice. To raise our voices, and equally our consciousness. It’s time to build back better for People and for our Planet. Watch this event [1:07:19]:  https://youtu.be/WcW0n-f_SGk

 

 

Global Online Summit

7 June 2020

Dear All,

So much happening for World Environment Day. Please find links and images for the Global 7 Hour Online Summit Healing Our Earth.

 

HEALING OUR EARTH SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

www.healingourearth.com

https://m.facebook.com/healingourearth

https://mobile.twitter.com/healingourearth

https://www.instagram.com/healingourearth/

 

 

 

 

14 Days Nature Festival: I Care | 5 to 18 June | Awakening TV

5 June 2020

 

Join us in the 14-day nature festival "I Care" where we share one simple act daily, for you to perform and show that you care for yourself and for the planet.

 

Watch daily on http://tiny.cc/icarenature  From 5 June to 18 June on Awakening Channel.

 

Tata Sky: 1084

Jio TV: 1060

GTPL: 578

InDigital: 996

NXTDigital: 984.

 

AWAKENING, a 24 hour, Free-to-air TV channel, presents family-friendly programmes to strengthen your spiritual, emotional, social and physical journey. Choose from an assortment of shows based on spiritual principles, health, relationships, community services and more. To continue watching your favorite channel, call your Cable or DTH operator now and subscribe to Awakening Free to Air Satellite Channel. Website: https://awakeningtv.in/

 

 

 

 

Celebrations of World Environment Day - Extra Green Newsletter

5 June 2020

Extra Newsletter for  World Environment Day

 

Dear BK Green News Reader

Greetings in advance for World Environment Day. The number of global online events for this day is flourishing, and so we are happy to be able to send you an extra newsletter with several invitations. Please register your local initiatives here.

 

Healthy Mind, Healthy Planet - Free Global Online Summit from 11.00 -18.00 BST (British Summer Time) 31st May with Healing Our Earth Summit and Brahma Kumaris.  We start in Australia and go around the world and end up in North America. You can hear eminent speakers address how our minds affect the planet and how any real contributions to change must come from the inside. There will be live music and meditations from each continent as well as introductions and contributions from Healing Our Earth. Join here

 

Global LIVE Public Talk: "Effect of COVID-19 on Climate Change & World Renewal" at this critical cycle of time and the lockdown.Brahma Kumaris Environment Initiative in cooperation with Brahma Kumaris Malaysia, will be hosting the talk dedicated to World Environment Day with Sis Jayanti and Bro Golo as speakers. Join via Awakening Channel

 

1.00pm BST, 5.30pm IST, 8.00pm Malaysian Time 31st May

 

 

Flourishing Futures - Nourishing Biodiversity Now

A new offering by young people of the Brahma Kumaris Environment Initiative has been launched on the occasion of the World Environment Day. Please read more on the “flourishing perspective” towards biodiversity in this Concept Note. Prior to 5th June (and beyond) young people of the Brahma Kumaris from different countries plan to host events and workshops locally or virtually on the theme “Flourishing Futures - Nourishing Biodiversity Now”.

 

On the World Environment Day, 5 June, 4.30-6.30pm Indian Standard Time IST, there will be a special international online event with distinguished guests. Please register for the event here.


INDIA taking the lead

The Brahma Kumaris' Rural Wing is again this year taking the lead in being active for World Environment Day. There are now around 70 online programs arranged by centers all over India, and more to come.


New Visual Green Angel Meditation

The Tree of Life Vidual Meditation is dedicated to World Environment Day. Thanks to Nico Crettex for the beautiful creation.

 

Background Music

 

New Background Music – Water, Air, Earth - made by David in Art Department, suitable for meditations for nature.

 

Thanks for making it available for us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peaceful Greetings

Brahma Kumaris Eco

and your newsletter editors

Peter, Golo, Arnold, Sonja

 

 

 

 

Clean the Mind, Green the Earth - World Environment Day

4 June 2020

Brahma Kumaris Dayton Ohio, USA is inviting you to a Zoom webinar
Topic: CLEAN THE MIND, GREEN THE EARTH - on World Environment Day (Talk in En glish)
Speaker - BK Supriya (Mount Abu, India)
Date: ‪Friday, Jun 5, 2020 ‬
‪Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Eastern Time‬ (US and Canada);   
‪8:00 PM - 9:00 PM IST‬ (India)
Join Online Zoom webinar
Join by link-
‪https://brahmakumaris.zoom.us/j/93980536270?pwd=RXNsckZuamVEQlZKL09sbS9nLzFPdz09‬
Join by phone-
Meeting ID: 939 8053 6270
Password: gogreen

 

Launch of “Yogic Home Gardening” Project on World Environment Day – June 5

31 May 2020

 

Mount Abu ( Rajasthan ): The Agriculture and Rural Development Wing of the Rajyoga Education and Research Foundation, in collaboration with the Brahma Kumaris, will launch a “Yogic Home Gardening Project” on the occasion of World Environment Day on June 5, 2020, and World Food Safety Day on June 7, 2020.

 

Under this project, thousands of people were trained online for making their Yogic Home Gardens. They will further popularize the aspects of kitchen/terrace gardening across the country.  The aim is to make kitchens self-reliant and self-sufficient in vegetable production. This also proves very helpful in view of difficult times of the pandemic.

 

Registration link for World Environment Day  : https://forms.gle/82AZw24BZkqz6Qbo8

Registration link for Yogic Home Gardening : https://forms.gle/82AZw24BZkqz6Qbo8

 

The Agriculture and Rural Development Wing organized a three-day online training in Hindi on Kitchen and Terrace Gardening from 10 to 12 May 2020. You can see the 3 part video and a yogic farming cartoon in Hindi.

 

 

 

 

Invitation to BK Environment Youth Initiative on occasion of World Environment Day 2020

31 May 2020

 

Dear Divine Family,

 

Please share this with:

·       BK youth, specifically physical age 15-35

·       BKs who are involved in Environment Service

 

In preparation of the World Environment Day on 5 June, we created an Environment Initiative called Flourishing Futures for young BK's and youth contacts.

 

The initiative has two parts:

  1. Local centres and BK youth can do preliminary self-development or local programmes on the theme, starting 23 May (all resources are provided, including invitation text below).
  2. A grand finale online event on 5 June on which Sister Jayanti is speaking along with key figures in the environmental field of the UN.

 

We kindly invite all BK youth, young adults, and friends to engage in the suggested activities and participate in the finale event.

 

In Baba's yaad,

Shantanu (India), Carolin (Germany), Devindree (South Africa) and team

 

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Invitation to BK Environment Youth Initiative on occasion of World Environment Day 2020

 

Dear friends of our unique BK world,

Om shanti and warm greetings.

 

A team of young BKs from all regions invites you to a new initiative: Flourishing Futures Nourishing Biodiversity Now to honor the UN year of Biodiversity and the World Environment Day (WED) on 5 June.  With this initiative we aim to raise and deepen awareness of the spiritual dimension of biodiversity and environmental issues in general.

 

The first part of the initiative invites all BK youth and friends to create a local or virtual event preliminary to 5 June. For this you find a toolkit attached to this e-mail which provides you with a lot of material. An example of the right order of how to use logos is attached. We are very much looking forward for collective enthusiasm to engage. Please register for staying tuned in here.

 

The second part will be a special international online event with distinguished guests on 5 June, 4.30-6.30pm IST. The registration link for this will be shared shortly. Please support the event by spreading the word as much as possible. You find promotion material in this drive folder here.

 

For any questions please contact us through Bro. Shantanu, ecoshanti@brahmakumaris.com 

 

With Baba´s light and support,

Shantanu (India), Carolin (Germany), Devindree (South Africa) and team

 

Attachments

 

·    Toolkit

·    Concept note

·    Flyer for 5 June event

·    Right order of Logos

 

 

 

 

Special Global Webinar Sunday 31st May | Healing Our Earth with Brahma Kumaris

28 May 2020

Dear friends

 

A special opportunity to link in with different regions of the world to hear eminent guests speaking about Healing Mind and Planet.  

 

www.healingourearth.com

https://m.facebook.com/healigourearth

https://mobile.twitter.com/healingourearth

https://www.instagram.com/healingourearth

 

Brahma Kumaris in collaboration with Healing Our Earth

 

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

 

We are delighted to send you news of a global webinar planned for Sunday 31st May. It is the inspiration of a good friend of the BKs in the UK to help people during lockdown due to Covid-19. The theme is Healthy Mind - Healthy Planet.

 

The webinar will start at 11am (BST) in Australia and on the hour will change to a new region. Each hour will have a BK speaker, a guest speaker and musicians together with input from Healing Our Earth contributors. The programme will close at 6pm (British Summer Time). Please go www.healingourearth.com and click on future events to see the amazing line up of participants from each region.

 

It is a wonderful chance for your contacts and the public and so we would appreciate you sharing this event widely.

 

With many thanks for your co-operation.

 

With love

in Baba's yaad

BK Jayanti

 

 

 

 

Invitation to Global LIVE Public Talk: 'Effect of COVID-19 on Climate Change & World Renewal" Sunday, 31 May, 5.30 pm India Time

28 May 2020

 

Dear BK Divine Family, Greetings of love.

 

We are pleased to inform you that Brahma Kumaris Environment Initiative in cooperation with Brahma Kumaris Malaysia, willl be hosting a Global Live Public Talk on Sunday, 31 May 2020 entitled 'Effect of COVID-19 on Climate Change & World Renewal" with Sis Jayanti & Bro Golo as speakers. The moderator will be Sis Sonja of Copenhagen. The program is open for all worldwide at the following country times.

 

8.00am New York Time

1.00pm London Time 

5.30pm India Time

8.00pm Malaysian Time

 

The Session will be broadcasted from Madhuban Worldwide via YouTube Live/Awakening TV Channels with URL at  tiny.cc/newera2020

 

Registration: Optional if viewers wish to receive updates on FREE Online Courses via eventbrite.com link at https://worldrenewal.eventbrite.com.

 

We look forward to your support in reaching out far and wide for many to benefit and to receive Baba's message at this critical time of the Drama Cycle and the lockdown.  

 

"I'm With Nature. Stay GREEN Stay SAFE."

Thank you.

 

Lots of love,

In Baba's Yaad

BK Letchu and Sis. Soon Malaysia, BK Sonja, Denmark  

 

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Invitation to Global LIVE Public Talk 

 

Brahma Kumaris is pleased to invite you to this significant Global LIVE Public Talk this Sunday entitled, "Effect of COVID-19 on Climate Change & World Renewal" at this critical cycle of time and the lockdown.

 

Date: Sunday, 31 May 2020.

Duration & Time: One Hour.  

8am - New York // 1pm - London// 5.30pm - India // 8pm - Malaysia

Youtube Live/Awakening TV Channel URL at   tiny.cc/newera2020

 

Speakers

1. Bro. Golo J. Pilz:  "Solutions to Create Hope in Times of Climate Change and COVID-19".

    Advisor Renewable Energy & Head of India-One Solar Power Plant. Regular Speaker at UN Climate Change & Biodiversity  Conferences. 

 

2. Sis. Jayanti: "Role of Meditation in Bringing Transformation to the Self and the World".

    Regional Director BK Europe & Middle East, Meditation Teacher and regular Speaker at UN Climate Change conferences. Author.   

 

Moderator : Sis Sonja, Coordinator BK Denmark & BK Environment Initiative.

 

EnquiriesSis. Sonia Soon at info@my.brahmakumaris.org   /  +60387516900 / +60122080731 [and/or local contact] ( See flyer attached).   

 

Organiser: Brahma Kumaris Environment in co-operation with Brahma Kumaris Malaysia. In conjunction with UN World Environment Day on 5 June, 2020. 

 

Registration: Optional- encouraged if you wish to receive updates on FREE Online Courses. Via eventbrite.com link at https://worldrenewal.eventbrite.com

 

"I'm With Nature. Stay GREEN Stay SAFE." 

 

Thank you.

Yours truly,

 

 

 

 

 

Creative Green Lock-Down and World Environment Day

19 May 2020

 

Dear Friends,

Welcome to May edition of our Green Newsletter. As we all know, the Covid 19 has changed the global landscape.We hope that the present insights will remain in the new normal – how we value and appreciate a simple lifestyle, time for personal reflection and nourishment of communities.

 

The lock-down time has also brought creativity to us, for example Lockdown Upliftment from Australia and Online Kitchen and Terrace training from Rural Wing, India.

 

 

Lockdown Upliftment - For a bit of fun and connection with each other and nature at this time.

May/June E-Calendar- We hope you will be inspired to integrate at least one Eco program per month into your schedules.

 

Online Gardening, India    

                       
Agriculture and Rural Development Wing is organizing 3 days online training in Hindi on Kitchen and Terrace Gardening from 10 to 12 May 2020. You can see the 
3 part video and a yogic farming cartoon in Hindi

 

Online Gardening, India

 

 

Agriculture and Rural Development Wing is organizing 3 days online training in Hindi on Kitchen and Terrace Gardening from 10 to 12 May 2020. You can see the 3 part video and a yogic farming cartoon in Hindi

 

World Environment Day 5th June

Theme: Time for Nature – TIME to wake up, to take notice, to reimagine our relationship with nature. Find out what you can do

 

Online Healing Our Earth Summit

Brahma Kumaris global contribution to World Environment Day will be a 7 hours online summit with contribution s from 7 continents/regions on Sunday 31st May. We will send updates closer the date. Follow the summit here

 

New Meditation commentaries
for the Earth and the Elements by Sister Sona. Find them here under Good Wishes Commentaries

 

New video

Tribute to Dadi Janki from India-One Solar Team

 

More on the link between the Corona virus and the environment

Arnold shares shocking confirmation of degradationin the documentary Planet of the Humans. Also that unlimited growth is not possible in a world with finite resources.

Golo shares a list of articles indicating that the destruction of
Habitat Creates the Perfect Conditions for Coronavirus to Emerge. Epidemics are a mirror of society.

 

'We did it to ourselves': scientist says intrusion into nature led to pandemic-

 

Halt destruction of nature or suffer even worse pandemics, say world’s top scientists

 

Coronavirus: Pandemics will be worse and more frequent unless we stop exploiting Earth and animals, top scientists warn

 

Destroyed Habitat Creates the Perfect Conditions for Coronavirus to Emerge

 

How Pandemics Change History

 

Caroline shares this brand new fact sheet on co-benefits of renewal energy that might be of interest to you:

  

Reports from Earth Day

Full Video Earth Day Concert with Ricky Key

 

Listening to Earth with contributions from Radha in Rome

 

Sister Jayanti visit Tapovan in April: Class took place in this lovely are andI saw the very beautiful Meditation Hall for the first time. Yogic Agriculture has been taken up in a big way here, with regular trainings for BK/Contacts Farmers taking place. Experts from various areas of agriculture gather here to help as well. We have 75 acres of land in Tapovan and it’s really a very lovely place with many fruit trees and plantation of vegetables.

 

Peaceful Greetings

Brahma Kumaris Eco

and your newsletter editors

Peter, Golo, Arnold, Sonja

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Earth Day - Green Newsletter for April

22 April 2020

Happy Earth Day to All of You

 

First of all a letter from Golo in the editorial team:

Dear Friends,

Who would have thought that! Climate change was the top news and the BK green team just had been to the climate conference in Madrid. Newspapers around the globe had daily articles and shared information about global warming and environmental degradation. “Fridays for Future “was daily on the headlines.

And suddenly without much of a warning it’s all brushed aside by the Coronavirus and its pandemic spreading around the globe. The world watches with disbelief the death toll and furthermore the lockdowns and the effects to our day to day life. Freedom of movement suddenly is restricted and some of us are literally locked into their four walls. Many face economic ruin and don’t know how life will go on for them.

I am right now in Mount Abu, Gyan Sarovar and India has implemented a drastic lockdown which creates hard ship for many. Right now is not much of a chance to leave the country.

Our so busy and fast world has come to a standstill. A standstill which allows many of us to reconsider the way we lived, the way we exploited and destroyed our planet. We hear stories that nature is coming back, it seems that water and air clears up. But unfortunate climate change and environmental degradation is moving ahead on fast track. After all it’s the result of decades of wrongdoing and won’t stop that easy.

The world is changing in front of our eyes and the virus teaches us to reconnect with fundamental human values – love, compassion, humility and have faith in God.

Major conferences and meetings at least in the near future are getting canceled and the green team more and more shifts towards online activities. We are in process to offer more webinars, YouTube talks and most important online meditations for us and the planet.  Please see your webpage for further info.

Our thoughts reach out to all of you with best wishes for your safety and wellbeing.  Let us see this unfolding scenario as a chance to change or inner world and thus help humanity in this time of crisis.

 Yours, BK Golo

Dedication:

 

We remember our dear Dadi in creating this newsletter. She was always a great supporter of the BK Environment Initiative. In one of our first presentation for the RC group, Dadi was not well and resting downstairs. She came up the stairs especially to hear about our ECO activities. She felt it was an important service and she wanted to support the group. During the first years of climate change conferences, she read our calendar every day to follow our programs. Hansa used to read the reports for her, and show pictures. Dadi often used to come to Solar site in Shantivan, to support the group and to enjoy peaceful natural atmosphere. And we all know Dadi loved the ocean! Dadi is now our green angel and will continue to support this service. Thank you Dadi.

 

Dadi's message for the Environment
 

 

 

EARTH DAY 22nd April

An Interfaith
message in times of Covid 19 and Climate Emergency 

 

Online Concert for Healthy Planet on Earth Day. Grammy winner Ricky Kej Live on Awakening Channel. Watch trailer here 

 

Green Day Madhuban

In the beginning of March , there was a fantastic Green Day in Gyan Sarovar.
See report for pictures and info.

 

 

From Sister Jayanti for Current Times:

 

Deep Adaptation Forum

 

Q&A with Sister Jayanti hosted by Prod. Jem Bendell
 

Visual Meditation Sister Jayanti:

 

Healing the world and the self
 

Talk:

 

Hope and Courage during Current Times

 

Dialogue for Peace in South & South East Asia Valeriane particpated in the Rishikesh program, see more 

 

AloneTogether:
The latest from Extinction Rebellion: they have suspended all public actions and launched a new phase of “regenerative rebellion”, #AloneTogether, offering resources to focus on achieving a world of justice, cooperation, and resilience.

 

Article from Sister Jayanti visit to Brazil 29th Nov.
“Peace and sustainability through spirituality” by journalist: Maura Campelini, Sao Paulo.  – click here 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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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