In a paper entitled Underestimating the Challenges of Avoiding a Ghastly Future, CJA Bradshaw and his co-writers observed that there was a general consensus on what needs to be done to prevent a 6th extinction but no consensus on how to do it. Bradshaw points out that many ambitious targets have been set over the…
Ahimsa is an ancient philosophy. Sometimes described as ‘non-violence towards all life’, it is in fact a deeply felt way of being, in which we are able to experience the living energy of other life forms. It comes to us from a different time, a time when we had a deep connection with nature. Of…
Trees Are Showing the Way, How to change the hardest thing to change – the human heart.
The aim of environmental work is to figure out collectively how we can return to a mentality of taking care of the natural systems that sustain us. In order to do this we need to rapidly move into a phase of giving back to the world around us more than we take from it.
Wake-Up Call For A World In Transition
This article by Shivani, published in Times of India, Speaking Tree section, discusses some of the woes of this world and simple changes we can each make to create a much better world.
How each of us can help to save this planet – Brijmohan
In this article, BK Brijmohan makes the case for each of us to take our own action to help sustainability of this world we live in. He gives helpful advice. It was published in the Times of India 28th December 2016.
Let’s plant more trees – Times of India article
Brijmohan of Brahma Kumaris makes a powerful case for planting more trees.
Global emotional warming – Mike George
In an extract from his latest book, “Being Your Self”, Mike George makes a clear connection our ‘emotional patterns’ and ‘weather patterns’.
Strong women strong world: Looking at inner resources
This article by Dr Tamasin Ramsay, published in the Outreach magazine, describes how the well-being of a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) can be directly related to the well-being of the women and girls of that nation. The article shows how inner resources can be used more effectively.
A wider view
The Brahma Kumaris Environmental Policy aims to encourage all of us throughout the organisation to feel that we are guardians of the Earth’s resources.
We can help each other to grow in terms of our awareness of the natural world as a living system that needs our care; and deepen our concern for cultures living in environmentally susceptible lands.
by Valériane Bernard
Many people in the world still refrain from disposing of cooking oil in the sink with the excuse that the governments are not doing anything concrete! They also rant about the value of saving water to protect the environment, if councils and leaders do not care? This defeatist thinking overlooks the power of the individual and surrenders all power to external agencies. Is this what we want?
Anthony Strano, April 2012
This post will neither be about environmental policies, nor political/social issues regarding ecology. This not a watchdog post to monitor but it is just a post to say a great thank you, to express gratefulness to the green heroes of our planet, who silently and gallantly do their duty in the world’s forests but more so in millions of cities, towns and their parks. The heroes who are the lungs of Humanity, whose existence facilitates our own.
Anthony Strano, April 2012
It is early April, early morning and the curling mist fills the valley below Assisi. The only things I hear are the birds and the bells which chirrup and chime in turn. Otherwise a silence embraces the dawn lit city. A silence that has existed, I am sure, in Assisi during the time of Francis and Clare.
With inflation knocking on the door, and unemployment statistics rising, people are finding it increasingly difficult to ‘keep up with the Jones’s’! And yet the urge to buy impulsively and compete with the latest consumer trends, despite not having the bank balance to match it, is ever increasing.
Nature is perceived romantically as a sort of utopia that contrasts with the distopia of the urban spreads and their frenzied materialism. The image of the ‘noble savage’ depicted by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, living harmoniously with nature, free of the ‘evils’ of selfishness, inspires environmental fundamentalists until today.
There is a sense of helplessness and soul-searching after one of the most powerful earthquakes in recorded memory hit the north-east of Japan. At the same time it is amazing to observe the offers of help from around the world flowing in for the victims of this humungous disaster. During these catastrophes does anyone stop to consider caste, creed, religion, gender, status?
We know that if we are to make an impact on the Environmental Crises, patterns of consumption have to shift substantially. We need a tidal wave of change towards ecological choices, so that we all feel like citizens of the world when we make decisions about buying products and services. And this would require a major shift in the conscience of the majority.