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Golo’s service tour of Denmark, Sweden and Lithuania

Golo’s service tour of Denmark, Sweden and Lithuania

Easing the lock-down and re-starting BK centre activities

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UNEP: Faith for Earth meeting Dec 2019

This was an international three day workshop, held 17th -19th  December 2019 and 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.

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Webinar Series on Human Rights, Ethics and Climate Change

GIF Webinar Series on Human Rights, Ethics and Climate Change Report
Webinar #1 and #2: Human Rights, Ethics and Climate Change
Webinar #3: Human Rights, Ethics and Climate Change (in Spanish)

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Newsletter June 2020

The Green Newsletter, Report of World Environment Day.

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Newsletter for World Environment Day

The Green Newsletter special edition for World Environment Day.

Greetings in advance for World Environment Day.

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Healthy Mind, Healthy Planet, Global Online Summit

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.

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World Environment Day (Youth events).

A new initiative by Brahma Kumaris Youth has been launched on the occasion of the World Environment Day (WED 2020).

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Talk on Effect of COVID-19 on Climate Change & World Renewal

Amidst the worldwide lockdown and in conjunction with World Environment Day, Brahma Kumaris Environment Initiative, in cooperation with Brahma Kumaris Malaysia and Awakening TV Channel, hosted a thought-provoking Global YouTube LIVE Public Talk themed:  “Effect of COVID-19 on Climate Change & World Renewal”

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Newsletter May 2020

The Green Newsletter, Happy World Environment Day to all of You.

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Newsletter April 2020

The Green Newsletter, Happy Earth Day to all of You.

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Green Day in Madhuban 2020

The Green Day dedicated to the environment has now become a bi-annual event in Madhuban. Many activities took place with focus on emergency preparedness and refining our relationship with and service of Mother Earth.

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Meditation for the World

Welcome to our daily 15 minutes synchronised meditation with the whole Brahma Kumaris community around the world to share vibrations of peace with the world.

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Newsletter March 2020

Dear Friends of the Green Newsletter:

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Newsletter February 2020

The green newsletter.  Happy Shivratri to all original utopians

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Prakruti Mitra Award

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

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Building community resilience in the face of environmental injustice

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.

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COP25 – Chile – Report 2

The programme of events in Chile for COP25 has continued, even though the conference was moved to Spain.  This report describes some of the many team activities.

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LCOY15 Netherlands

The Brahma Kumaris supported The Local Conference of Youth for Climate Change Netherlands (LCOYNL) 2019 with an experienced team.  This conference took place from 16-17 November at the Amsterdam University College.

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COY15 Madrid

The Conference of Youth (COY) is held annually in the same country and prior to the Conference of the Parties (COP), which is the supreme decision-making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). COY serves as a preparation session for youth non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to develop position papers, network and form strategic decisions on climate change solutions.  Despite the COP venue moving from Chile to Spain, Brahma Kumaris fielded a strong team of experienced young people.

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LCOY in Germany 2019

The Local Conference of Youth (LCOY) for Germany was held in Heidelberg, Germany in October 2019.  Over 550 young people attended the event.  The local BKs, as well as having an exhibition stand, organised many meditation sessions for the participants.  It was a good success.

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COP25 – Madrid – Report 11 (last)

After a busy two weeks, much has been done by the team.  Several new collaborations have been created.  The team is now dispersing back to their places around the world.  In this report:

  • A review of the final outcome from COP25
  • Article in German Newspaper “Die Zeit”
  • A Vigil by Interfaith community
  • Travel compensation arrangements
  • A creative reflection and dialogue
  • Feedback meeting
  • A birthday party
  • Goodbye from the editing team
  • Additional reporting on the reflection and dialogue space

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COP25 – Madrid – Report 10

The tireless BK COP Team continue holding events and collaborating with other groups.  In this report:

  • More news from the COP
  • Side event in the Chile Pavilion
  • An intergenerational dialogue between all the UN climate bodies and youth representations
  • A UN head of organisations leadership dialogue
  • Civil society forum
  • Some splendid photos

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COP25 – Madrid – Report 9

In this report:

  • Greta Thunberg’s speech and a review of the COP25
  • A side event by BK and Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, at the German Pavilion
  • Training with Green Faith
  • An interfaith co-ordination meeting
  • A second BK reception
  • Meeting an education leader from Ahmedabad, India

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COP25 – Madrid – Report 8

COP25 is now reaching its important stage where decisions need to be made.  The BK team continue to give their message in many creative ways.  In this report, there is:

  • Opening of the high level plenum and where we are at
  • Addressing climate change through a human perspective
  • BK public program dedicated to COP25
  • Youngo daily meeting
  • Side event with Al Gore, chairman of the Climate Reality Project
  • Action for climate empowerment
  • A smoke ceremony

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COP25 – Madrid – Report 7

The team in Madrid continue to make important connections and meet more VIPs.  Monday 9th December was a particularly busy day for them. In this report is included:

  • The arrival of Greta Thunberg
  • Press conference solar cookers
  • BK press conference with Sister Jayanti
  • Faith leaders meeting UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary
  • A Briefing on Geo-engineering
  • A side event “The power of the religious environmental movement”
  • Meeting the Nigerian Minister of the Environment
  • A Dialogue of the Resistance Frontiers Initiative
  • Some photos of key moments

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COP25 – Madrid – Report 6

The BK COP team in Madrid continue to make important connections and collaborations, sharing the idea that the world needs a change in consciousness.  Included in this report:

  • A report of the state of the COP negotiations
  • The interfaith press conference with Sister Jayanti
  • Activities in the Civil Society space
  • A side event, “Building a spirit of solidarity to deal with the climate emergency
  • The creation of the Sanctuary Space, a new collaboration including BK

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COP25 – Madrid – Report 5

The team had a chance to take some time out from their busy schedule.  This report includes:

  • The half way briefing
  • A message from Dadi Janki
  • The president of India visiting Madhuban
  • A green outing
  • News of the climate march

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COP25 – Madrid – Report 4

After the intense period of BK programmes and side events, the team were able to network with other groups and enjoy some social occasions with them.  In this report there is:

  • Workshop on tracking progress 2020-23, a two day CAMDA workshop
  • Inner Dimension of Climate Change, a programme of the Global Peace Initiative
  • A reception for friends
  • How do we relate to future generations? – Organised by the Institute for Advanced Social Studies and BKs helped to facilitate

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COP25 – Madrid – Report 3

The Brahma Kumaris team continue to be busy meeting organisation leaders from around the world and sharing the message of peace.  In this report there is:

  • BK COP Press conference
  • Lecture at University Carlos III
  • Sister Jayanti meeting the Environment Minister of Argentina
  • A view of the Indian Pavillion

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Sonja, Shantanau, Golo and Julia at the COP25 entrance

COP25 – Madrid – Report 2

This second report from the COP25 reflects one of the Brahma Kumaris’ busiest days. There were several Brahma Kumaris side events and the exhibition stand has been kept busy as it has been, once again, very popular. This report includes:

  • Background information for COP25
  • 10 ways to change the world exhibition stand
  • The interfaith coordination meeting
  • Side event: Strengthening Peaceful Pathways to Sustainable Solutions
  • Side event: Inspiring Courage to Act and Adapt in a Climate Emergency
  • Side event: Collective Adaptation to the Climate Emergency

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COP25 – Madrid – Report 1

This report records the formation of the highly qualified Brahma Kumaris team from around the world participating in the COP25.  This report includes:

  • The BK team introduction
  • Attending the Indigenous Peoples’ Platform
  • The initiation of action by the interfaith group
  • The opening of the COP25
  • Attending the Human Rights and Climate Change meeting
  • The BK exhibition stand firing into action

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COP25 – The beginning

As has been the case for many years now, Brahma Kumaris will be participating in the Conference of Parties 25 (COP25).  Even though the event has moved half way around the world, from Chile to Spain, a strong team has been assembled for the event.  Many programs have been arranged to enable us to convey our message of spirituality and its importance to managing climate change. Here we give the team profiles, the calendar of events and a press statement of 2/12/19.

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COP25 – Chile – Report 1, November and December

The COP25 team assembled in Chile produced a number of events in preparation for COP25 being in Chile.  This report describes the team and a presentation by Golo Pilz.  This talk included all the main points of the work of Brahma Kumaris for the environment. There is also description of a talk: Healthy mind, healthy planet at Viña del Mar.

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LCOY Austria 2019

The Local Climate Conference of Youth (LCOY) for Austria took place in November 2019.  About 300 young people attended.

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LCOY 15 India

LCOY-15, INDIA is being hosted by Brahma Kumaris from 2nd to 4th November at its spiritual HQ, Mt.Abu, Rajasthan. Youth from all parts of India were invited to participate in this event and make their voices heard.

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LH Positive Planet Forum 2019

5000 people gathered in Le Havre over three days, with 150 speakers from all over the world who presented practical positive propositions to change our societies facing new challenges.  The Brahma Kumaris were invited to participate. Please see the link to the Positive Planet Foundation website:

  positiveplanetfoundation.org

LCOY-15 Invitation

LCOY-15, INDIA is being hosted by Brahma Kumaris from 2nd to 4th November at its International HQs, Mt.Abu, Rajasthan. Youth from all parts of India are invited to participate in this event and make their voices heard.

UN Conference Combating Desertification

The UNCCD COP14 was organized from 2nd to 13th September 2019 at the India Expo Mart in Greater Noida in which delegates from 196 countries participated.

The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (BKWSU) actively participated in the conference.

UNEP conference, Nairobi, 2019

This UNEP conference held in Nairobi in July 2019, was for youth leaders to come together to discuss actions they can take to facilitate control of climate change. It was a celebration of the 4th anniversary of Laudato Si and the 5th anniversary of the Catholic environment group CYNESA and was attended by a number of world leaders concerned with environmental issues.

Climate Week, Latin America & Caribbean, 2019

LACCWThs is a photo report of the participation of Brhama Kumaris in the Climate Week in Latin America & Caribbean.

Fertigation and orchard farming with meditation

The Brahma Kumaris family in Malaysia held a green retreat to look at aspects of agriculture with experts giving advice on such matters as Fertigation and Hydroponic Farming Systems. This was combined with reflections on the power of meditation to positively affect agriculture yields (yogic farming).