Now more than ever a vegetarian diet is an option worth considering for those wanting to substantially reduce their carbon footprint.  Many people who adopt a vegetarian diet are motivated by a desire to live with greater respect and feelings of protection for the animals and the Earth’s resources.

How a vegetarian lifestyle supports the environment:

  • Worthwhile use of food: a steer that provides 200 kg of meat enables the preparation of about 1500 meals; with the cereal it ate, about 18000 meals could have been made.
  • Worthwhile use of water: 1 kilo of meat requires at least 15000 – 30000 litres; 1 kilo of wheat requires at least 1000 litres.
  • Worthwhile use of soil: a field of land can produce 6000 kg carrots, or 4000 kg apples, or 1000 kg cherries, or only 50 kg beef.
  • Preventing deforestation: about 70% of arable land on earth is used for cattle-raising and growing cereals to feed them; enough land to feed the whole world population many times vegetarian; but even now, every minute, man destroys an area of forest equivalent to 5 football fields.
  • Preventing air and water pollution: about 50% of water pollution in Europe is due to intensive animal farming; the pollution comes from slurry, manure and chemical fertilizers; every day, 2 million tons of this waste pollutes the Earth’s water.

By adopting a vegetarian lifestyle, more land, more water, and more food is available and less nature is destroyed or polluted. Sources:

“Livestock’s Long Shadow (2006) – FAO, For the environment Diet, Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Diseases (1990) – W.H.O.

"Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances of survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."  Albert Einstein

pdfChoosing a plant-based diet 

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Earth Care Workshop

 

Earth Care Workshop is suitable for use in organisations as part of the sustainability initiatives, to help promote greater ownership of environmental policies and more caring lifestyles.

pdfDownload Earth Care Workshop

pdfEarth Care Workshop with supplementary activities

Deepening our Earth Care

We already have the technology to live in true harmony with nature, but these technologies are unlikely to solve our problems until those of us in a position to choose, make the choice for simpler lives motivated by kindness and compassion for the Earth.

In the spirit of allowing time for realisation of new perspectives, we are making available a series of gentle transformational workshops and reflections. These will help us connect more deeply to both our authentic self and the Earth’s needs in order to impact sustainable lifestyle choices. We hope you will try them out for yourself and use what you think will work best for your organisation and communities.

Free downloads

Also available to help sustain those changes are downloadable “reflections” to experience calm, enhance creativity and feel a deeper sense of connection with nature.

Open source

These resources are made available as  ‘open source’ materials, with a creative commons copyright – which means they can be used freely, improved by experience, and only used for non- commercial purposes. 

Feedback

We also hope that you will feel inspired to send us your feedback, and make improvements where you can, so that the process can evolve and become more effective as is gets passed around the global community. Feedback to: http://earthcare.posterous.com

“The moment we discover that real treasures lie within, we will have an open heart, a generous heart, a heart that is able to share. We will then know that things really do not belong to us. We are here at this moment and we can care for things, but also they exist to be shared with all others around us. I believe that this is the change that that can bring about a transformation within society. It is a change that has to happen within ourselves, but as it happens within us, it can also be shared with the world.”  BK Jayanti

 

 

More workshops available under Resources.

 

The general aim of green retreats for BK’s is deepen the understanding of the link between spirituality and the environment, and how to start a more environmental friendly management of the centres and its activities.

pdfRetreat program template used in Casa Sangam, Italy, 2010 & 2011
pdfRetreat program template incl. Earth Care workshop used in Nairobi, Kenya, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

A Message for the Environment - Dadi Janki

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linkA message for the environment - Dadi Janki

 

Spiritual Awareness –Sister Jayanti

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2017 COP23 Bonn - Press conference
Visionary Leadership for the transition to a sustainable future

2016 COP22 Marrakech - Climate Change Studio (3:44) - interview
linkCreating Inner Resilience in Challenging Times

2015 COP21 Paris - Climate Change TV (5:08) - interview
linkThe Power of Consciousness

2015 COP21 Paris - Climate Change TV  (27:15) - Brahma Kumaris Press conference
linkThe role of ethics and human awareness in climate change solutions

2015 COP21 Paris - UNFCCC web site (23:21) - World Council of Churches Press conference:
linkFaith Groups Evaluation of Negotiations

2013 COP19 Warsaw - Climate Change TV - (4:51) - Interview
linkThe call for spirituality to combat climate change

2013 Vimeo - Bhutan - (13:16) - Film - The Gross National Happiness Center of Bhutan and Global Peace Initiative of Women Gathering
linkBalancing Material and Spiritual Development

2012 COP18 Doha - Climate Change TV - (7:45) - interview
linkWe must change the way we view the world and our environment

2012 (June) Rio+20 - Climate Change TV - (7:48) - interview
linkTackling sustainable development through spirituality

2011 COP17 Durban - Climate Change TV - (4:19) - interview
linkThe role of spirituality in coping with climate change

2010 COP16 Cancun - Climate Change TV - (3:46) - interview
linkSpirituality in mitigating climate change

 

 

Solar Energy – Joachim Golo Pilz

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2017-COP23 Bonn - Pavillion Energies 2050
Making the changes to renewable energies

2017 COP23 Bonn - Press conference
Visionary Leadership for the transition to a sustainable future

2015 COP21 Paris - Climate Change TV - interview
linkValues and Ethics in the Negotiation process

2015 COP21 Paris - Climate Change TV  (27:15) - Brahma Kumaris Press conference
linkThe role of ethics and human awareness in climate change solutions

2015 - GCH London, BKWSU webcast - (97:18) - presentation
linkA World in transition

2013 COP19 Warsaw - Climate Change TV - (7:05) - interview
linkIndia's solar energy potential

2012 (June) Rio+20 - Climate Change News - (4:43) - interview
linkCombining technology and spirituality in India

2011 COP17 Durban - Climate Change TV - (5:09) - interview
linkSpirituality and solar power

 

 

Sustainability - Ken O'Donnell

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2016 BKWSU video - (4:15) - interview
linkSustainability and spirituality

 

 

 

Sustainable Yogic Agriculture – Piero Musini

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2012 Rio+20 - Climate Change TV - (6:06) - interview
linkFeeding the world with Yogic Farming

 

 

Biodiversity – Ruth Liddle

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CBD COP11 - Climate Change TV - (6:39) - interview
linkThe spiritual route to biodiversity protection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GREEN THOUGHT FOR TODAY

Your grandchildren will likely find it incredible - or even sinful - that you burned up a gallon of gasoline to fetch a pack of cigarettes! Paul MacCready, Jr