Table of Content
Merry Christmas to all Green Angels and Greetings from the COP team
24 December 2015
COP21 - Final Report: The Road to Paris and Beyond
22 December 2015
- 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
- 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
Paris, COP21 - Report for Tuesday 8th December
17 December 2015
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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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
News from COP21 for Sunday, 6th December: World Climate Summit
14 December 2015
COP21, Paris: Saturday, 5th December Report
14 December 2015
Brahma Kumaris Side Event at COP
- Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association
- Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW)
- Green Asia Network
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.
COP21, Paris Wednesday 2nd December Report
10 December 2015
Wednesday 2nd December - Press Conference
COP21, Paris Tuesday 1st December Report
8 December 2015
Global Climate Conference of Youth (COY11), Paris, 26-28 November
8 December 2015
COP21, Paris - Report of Monday 30th November
4 December 2015
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
ADDITIONS from Last Newsletter
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.
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
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Brahma Kumaris Environment Initiative
Latest News from the BK Green Network
24 September 2015
Green Heart for our Dadis as Guardian Angels
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.
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
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
Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University UN Representative
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
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
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
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!
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.
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
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
BK Green Network News - April 2015
17 April 2015
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 email@example.com) whether you are interested in this 'green neighborhood' service.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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