This report, presented to the United Nations describes the activities of Brahma Kumaris for environmental issues between 2014 and 2017, inclusive.
The Brahma Kumaris statement for the United Nations 66th DPI/NGO Conference:
“Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together.”
Realizing our Interconnectedness Through a Shift in Awareness
Held: May 30 – June 1, 2016 , Gyeongju, Republic of Korea.
This report describes the activities of the second week, including:
- The side event: Awakening Biodiversity Consciousness – Connection Between the Inner State and Nature
- The success arising from the Bioclick programme
- News from the press conference
- Activities at the CEPA kiosk
- a great photo of the team
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.
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”
The busy activities of the Brahma Kumaris continued through the first week of the COP13 events including:
- Taking part in: Handprint: Positive Action for Sustainability
- Interesting events attended
- the BK side event: Awakening Biodiversity Consciousness – The role of human awareness preserving biodiversity
- Our kiosk at the CEPA fair
- Government representatives met
- weekend hikes
- some great photos…
Brahma Kumaris are actively attending the Conference of Parties for Biodiversity (BioCop13) being held in Cancun, Mexico 2016. This first report includes:
- The background to the conference
- The Brahma Kumaris theme
- The delegates
- Brahma Kumaris activities
- The participation of the President of Mexico
- Some of the side events that were attended
Modern Crises and Ancient Gods: How the Light Gets in Festival, Kenwood House, London, UK, 21st September 2019 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. David Malone, film producer and UK Green Party…
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.
Sister Usha offered an impactful input at the closing of SAFCEI’s (Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute) policy conference “A new vision for sacred life and living earth” It was held on 5-7 November 2019 in Johannesburg. The purpose of this conference was to create a space where faith leaders from Southern Africa and beyond…
Report: BK participation at LCOY – the Local Conference of Youth for Climate Change in Netherlands 16th – 17th November 2019, Amsterdam The Local Conference of Youth for Climate Change Netherlands (LCOYNL) 2019 took place from 16-17 November at the Amsterdam University College. The Conference of Youth (COY) is a youth-powered conference which take place…
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.
Report: BK participation at COY15 – the Conference of Youth for Climate Change held in Spain November 29 – December 1, 2019, 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…
Report about first BK Local Conference of Youth in Germany 4.-6. October 2019, in Heidelberg The Local Conferences of Youth (LCOY´s) are organized in addition to the international COY, which always take place shortly before the UN Climate Change Conference in the same host country. Since the awareness of the need to inform and act…
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.
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
Friday 13th December 2019 Madrid, Spain This is the final day, and slowly the last members of green team leave our lovely BK centre in Madrid. Final on late Sunday morning a very weak and almost useless declaration has been signed. No major breakthrough had been seriously expected but observers had at least hoped to…
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
Thursday 12 December 2019 Madrid, Spain While protesters were pondering how best to make their point as the Friday evening deadline for the negotiations approached, the conference halls were still thronging with business executives and representatives of corporate groups. Many were hosting receptions, cocktails and dinners for financial backers, institutions and government officials. There seems…
Wednesday 10th December 2019 Madrid, Spain This morning started with a series of talks in the main plenary hall, moderated by Gonzalo Muñoz. He is the designated climate champion from Chile. The first Speaker was Johan Rockström of the Potsdam Climate Institute and he summed up the latest findings in climate research. The picture he…
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
Tuesday 10th December 2019 Madrid, Spain Opening of high-level plenum at the COP High level delegates from the Governments are meeting in Madrid for the second week of crucial UN talks on the global response to the climate emergency. Campaigners have been frustrated by the slow pace of the negotiations, despite growing public clamour, including…
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
See the report and photos (phone)
Monday 9th December 2019 Madrid, Spain This Monday morning, we went early to the Conference as Golo had a Press conference along with Solar Cookers inter-national. At the entrance we were greeted by climate protesters chanting: There is no future without a planet. But before our press conference, the Hall was used by Fridays for…
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
Saturday 7th December 2019 Madrid, Spain The climate conference is entering in its second week and soon environment and foreign ministers will arrive to give a boost and finalise the outcome. Interestingly, the overriding issue of how fast the world needs to cut greenhouse gas emissions has received little official attention. “We are at risk…
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
Friday 6th December 2019 Madrid, Spain Half-way briefing This morning, our team met for the half-way briefing. BKs programs and activities have gone well but it appears the conference is not yet on track to deal adequately with the climate crisis. There is still a week to go but experts already voice doubts if the…
Thursday 5th December 2019 Madrid, Spain Golo and Sonja brought the eternal COP flame from Chile to Madrid. Sister Jayanti official handed it over to the Spanish Brahma Kumaris (BK’s). Workshop on tracking progress 2020-23 Julia and Maria attended a meeting which was part of a two-day CAMDA workshop on data collection and climate action. …
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
Wednesday 4th December 2019 Madrid, Spain COP Press conference The day started with our press conference “Climate Emergency needs Visionary Leadership”. Prior to us, the Fridays for Future School strike movement held their press Conference and so the hall was packed and vibrant with the energy when we entered. In our press conference, we discussed…
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
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
Report on the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 Tuesday 3rd December 2019, Madrid, Spain The climate conference has started and is now in full swing. More than 20,000 delegates have arrived. The civil society is also present in big numbers and even Greta Thunberg has arrived in Lisbon today by sailboat. This COP is all…
The inadequate response from those in power has already led to harmful consequences. The legally-binding Paris Agreement must be implemented. The faith communities offer an empowering voice of hope over fear, of compassion over indifference, and urgent and fair action as a moral obligation.
Report on the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 Sunday 1st December 2019 Madrid, Spain From 2nd to14th December, the 25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) is taking place in Madrid, Spain. It is the 11th Climate Conference where Brahma Kumaris (BK) is actively participating. Our BK…
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
The panel for this side event, 18:30 3rd December, discuss providing support for all humanity.
This side event, 16:45 3rd December, with Sister Jayanti in the panel discusses implementing the Paris Agreement in solidarity and compassion.
ECO Programs in Chile – November and December 2019 Sonja and Golo visited Chile as part of the preparation for the planned UN climate change conference COP25. The conference has meanwhile been moved to Spain due to civil unrest. They conducted programs in the main centre and in Viña del Mar and experienced a growing…
This side event, 2:45 3rd December, is a collaboration between Brahma Kumaris and Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies. The panel discuss the co-benefits of working together in peace, for peaceful solutions.
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.
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.
LOCAL CLIMATE CONFERENCE OF YOUTH The LCOY Austria took place in Vienna from the 8th to 11th of November 2019. About 300 young people participated. The content was well organized and over 65 workshops were offered. As participants had to be under 30 years old to join the conference, Rainer and Stephanie from the BK…
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:
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.
COY14, Katowice, Poland
The Conference of Youth is organised by and attended by youth of the world who are interested in environmental issues. It is an opportunity for them to learn about the latest issues, to network and to ensure they are equipped with everyday “tools” for climate action. The Brahma Kumaris sent 4 members this year. They organised workshops and meditation sessions as well as attending the events of other parties. They were kept busy!
LCOY14 held in India
COY14 is a three-day international summit which precedes the deliberations of the United Nations Conference for climate change – COP24. … The aim of COY is to motivate youth to commit to fighting climate change and give them a space to brainstorm about global climate policies. LCOY is an offshoot of COY allowing youth to participate in the discussion at a local level.
COY13 Bonn, Germany – Report
This report is from the Conference of Youth (COY) 13 that was held in Bonn, Germany from 2nd to 4th November. The report includes descriptions of:
- Art exhibition
- 5 workshops
- Many photos
COY12 for south Asian youth
This meeting of youth from around south Asia looked at a range of environmental issues, including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with a number of inspiring indoor and outdoors activities. They were also entertained with some delightful theatrical events.
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.
COY12 – Report 4th – 6th November
Marrakesh hosted the 12th annual global Conference of Youth (COY12) for Climate Change and it was run by the Moroccan Youth organizations. Around 1800 young people from 37 countries attended. Included in this report:
- Events at the Oasys of peace
- Intergenerational dialogue “Co-creating a future to believe in”
- The workshop Generation of Change: Harnessing our Highest Potential
- The closing ceremony
COP21 – COY11 report
The youth of Bahma Kumaris attended the Conference of Youth (COY11) over three days. They met a number of distinguished people and showed how it is possible to convey a serious message and have fun.
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.
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).
Brahma Kumaris celebrating EU Sustainable Energy Week
As well as attending and participating in the EU event in Brussels, Brahma Kumaris held a number of events in several countries to bring spiritual awareness to a wider audience. These are described in this short report.
United Religious Initiative Nairobi 2019
A meeting was organised in the Desmond Tutu Conference Centre in Nairobi to commemorate World Environment day, 5th June. Many religious groups attended this meeting and Brahma Kumaris, represented by BK. Jyotsna Patel and Dorcas, were active there.
SB50 Climate Change Conference 2019 – week 2
This report gives a summary on the BKEI involvement in the second week of SB50, the intercessional meeting of the United Nation Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn. In this second week the BKEI served through:
- a stand with information material and posters
- Our BKEI official Side Event on Thursday 27th June
- One focus of networking was with youth to prepare for COY15 in Chile
- Another focus had been on bilateral meetings with people from the UNFCCC and the new Chilean COP25 Presidency.
Daily Reports from Brahma Kumaris Delegation at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark
The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark took place 7th -19th December 2009. It included the fifteenth Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the fifth Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 5).
After long lines for the conference registration, Renaud, Arnold, and Patricia went to the Government meeting and NGO Forum while Sister Jayanti, Julia, and Sonja went to the Religious Leaders meeting.
COP15 Government Meetings, where Brahma Kumaris have observer status.
The main government groups seem to want an agreement, however there are differing opinions as to whether it will be successful or not.
Sister Jayanti is one of the 35 religious leaders who have been called together by an organization called the Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW).
The theme of the gathering is Addressing Climate Change by Awakening to Oneness. BKWSU, Denmark was thanked, in all the literature and also at the opening plenary on Monday afternoon, for all the help that they have given as a local partner of this event.
Presentation by Sr Joan Chittister, Benedictine Nun, Renowned Author, and Prominent Voice in Interfaith spoke of Judeo-Christian story of creation. There are two versions of the creation story. The first, the masculine domination of the scriptures, has been used to dominate: Come now gentleman – God creates man in His own image – be fruitful and multiply, have dominion over every living thing. You can have it all; it is all for you, it is all here to satisfy your needs.
A Day of Media Interviews!
COP 15 – Bella Center
Sister Jayanti, Sonja, Julia, Patricia, Winnie, and Arnold set off to COP15, the government meeting. This was Sister Jayanti, Sonja and Julia’s first visit to the Bella Center, as they had been involved with the Religious Leaders meeting up until now.
Meetings with UN Secretariat
Sister Jayanti and Renaud left early for the Bella Center for a pre-arranged meeting with Preety Bhandari, Financial and Technical Support, Climate Change Secretariat. The negotiations are basically divided up into five themes. Finance is one of them, which Preety Bhandari heads up. This was a very pleasant meeting; Preety was very open and listened with attention to our spiritual perspective.
Sister Jayanti departed from Copenhagen after breakfast, and there were many fond farewells. It had been such a special time for all, spending 10 days together, and everyone was so appreciative of Sister Jayanti’s presence.
Because of the planned demonstrations to enter the Bella Center by force, our delegation decided not to go the Bella Center today, but instead to focus on our events and stand at the Klimaform.
We woke up on Thursday to a snow covered Copenhagen.
Julia and Piero set off early in the hopes of getting into the Bella Center, where over 100 Heads of State would be meeting that day. Battling freezing cold winds, they arrived with about 20 others only to find that the numbers of NGOs allowed to enter the Bella Center had been reduced from 1,000 to 300, and that if you were not on a special list –with a green access card – you were not going to get in!
The Last Word
This is the final report from the BK COP15 delegation and we just want to mention a couple of additional things:
- Today Viggo, one of the BKs from another part of Denmark was on the way to work and was listening to the Radio and heard Sonja’s interview on Radio Denmark.
- Anna Mogensen from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs called the BK center today. She has a focus on youth and children and they wanted their voices to be heard. She was interested in our visions and principles for their future work in Climate Change. She had seen our stand at the Bella Center, and had collected the material but had never seen anyone – Sonja explained this was because for the last two days we had not been able to get into the Bella Center due to the restrictions on the numbers of NGOs allowed in! Anna is coming to interview Sonja at the Center on Tuesday.
- Piero gave a phone interview with Lifegate Radio which broadcasts in Milano and Rome about what a spiritual organization like the Brahma Kumaris has to do with COP15. It was a chance let people know the importance of a change in consciousness, starting with thought, to bring a change in the environment.
Daily reports from the Conference
Setting the Context:
This year’s Climate Change Conference COP16 is being held in the beautiful ‘Mexican Caribbean’ state of Quintana Roo in the port of Morelos, south of Cancun. Our delegation is staying in a gorgeous beach house with unlimited vistas of the ocean where we are constantly accompanied by the sound of breaking waves on long sandy beaches. However, we are here to attend a conference with a busy schedule and so not too much time is spent at the house, but Amrit Vela and the morning sunrises are very special.
Half the delegation went to Cancum Messe, the exhibition and workshop center where the Brahma Kumaris have a stand. The afternoon was spent speaking to various people and exploring the area, where Governments, UN secretariat, UN agencies and NGOs are exhibiting together. Some of the governments have large exhibitions and Brazil has particularly wonderful stand, which as you enter, it is as if you are exploring the Amazon jungle full of sights and sounds.
Our delegation is now complete with the arrival of Sister Jayanti last night and Patricia Itergurri, from Peru arriving mid-morning. We also had an arrival and departure from our local centers, Raquel from Mexico City who departed and Rossy Rea who arrived from Tijuana (close to the USA boarder). After holding a meeting to brief Sister Jayanti and share news with each other from the previous day’s activities, most of us set off for the day.
Thursday 2nd December
Golo Pilz set off early in the morning for a live interview with Michelle Begue, Correspondent, Chinese TV Chinese Central Television where he shared how the Brahma Kumaris have been working successfully for the last fifteen years with renewable energies and that India had favorable conditions for successful implementation, as many villages still have little or no electrical connection and they would greatly benefit from such technology.
Saturday 4th December
Climate Change Village
A group of us accompanied Sister Jayanti, Golo Pilz and Patricia Itergurri for a presentation on Consciousness and Climate: A Confluence of Two Living Systems at the Climate change Village – this is the NGO Forum sponsored by the Mexican Federal Government. The area is a converted go-cart sports arena with large pavilions and huge stages that had been set up for evening entertainment.
A group of us accompanied Piero Musini to the KlimaForum for a talk on “Natural Farming and Yogic Agriculture” It was the perfect place for such a meeting as the setting is the most natural, of all the arena’s of the Climate Change Conference, being open to the outside elements and the audience is the most interested in natural ways of doing things.
Meeting with South African Minister at the Moon Palace Hotel (COP16).
A group from our delegation, Sister Jayanti, BK Usha, Sonja and Golo met with Edna Molewa, the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs. Sister Jayanti shared with her the necessity for ethics and values to be incorporated into the climate negotiations. The minister agreed and said that when there is not trust it is very difficult to come to an agreement.
Yesterday our delegation began to break up as Sister Jayanti, BK Carmen, and Usha left for Merida. Early this morning S Jayanti went to the University of Merida to meet with the alumni of business administration. She spoke on the theme of Administration for the 21st Century: Leading with Love. 200 business people attended. After the program she had a live interview on national radio station called Radio Formula which was also broadcast in twenty-five cities across the US.
Being at our Stand in Cancun Messe . . . .is an interesting experience as many passers by, on seeing the words “spiritual university” are amazed and want to know more about the relationship between spirituality and climate change and are also interested in our presence here.
The Brahma Kumaris Centre in Durban is currently hosting international visitors for COP17, associated exhibitions, parallel events, and participating in various associated conferences. The UN Conference COP17 is taking place from 28th November – 9th December.
COP17 was officially opened Monday 28th Nov. with a welcome ceremony attended by the President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency, Mr Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma and H.E. Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation for the Republic of South Africa and President Elect of COP17/CMP7, together with many other dignitaries.
Two presentations on Solar Energy
- NGO Forum, enthusiastic crowd of 200 people at the C7 NGO forum at University of KwaZulu Natel
- Digital Media Lounge in the Durban Exhibition Centre
The BKWSU has established a solar thermal power plant (India-One Project) at Shantivan Campus in India which is set to reduce the negative effects of global warming.
Media morning at C7, NGO Forum at University of KwaZulu-Natal
On this beautiful summer morningSister Jayanti and Golo Pilz were interviewed by both Live TV and radio on the veranda of the university overlooking the green hillsides of Durban.
Living in Harmony
Creating Inner resilience in Challenging Times
The tour of talks by Sister Jayanti entitled Living in Harmony started with the first talk in Port Elizabeth. After COP17 there will be total six Living in Harmony talks around South Africa and in neighboring countries.
Press Conference – Interfaith Declaration on Climate Change presents Religion & Science on the same page.
Mr. Stuart Scott, Director of Interfaith Declaration, had arranged this press conference in co-operation with the South African Faith Communities Environment Initiative (SAFCEI). Former Bishop Geoff Davies, coordinator of SAFCEI, underlined that in the spirit of trust there has to be co-operation between us.
COP17 Side event in Durban Exhibition Centre, a joint panel of Brahma Kumaris and Maryknoll Sisters
SUSTAINABLE CAPACITY BUILDING:
Empowering Individuals and Communities to Act.
Interfaith Prayer Meeting
The COP17 Faith Secretariat hosted an inter-faith prayer service at the Sports Centre of Steve Biko Campus, Durban University of Technology. Prayers from different faiths were welcomed at the prayer service, and the BKWSU was one of the seven different faiths that took part. Others were from Hindu, Moslem, Baha’I, Christian, Buddhist, and Jewish, traditions.
Sister Jayanti met with Sheila Sisulu, Deputy Executive Director, Hunger Solutions Office, World Food Programme, who showed a lot of interest both in spirituality and solar energy.
Wisdom from the Past, Solutions for the Present – hosted by the Gandhi Development Trust/Satyagraha.
Panel discussion at Diakonia, lead by Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi.
The afternoon began with a visual presentation of posters created by the Gandhi Development Trust with quotations from Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Martin Luther King and E.F. Schumacher.
Sustainable Capacity Building – Empowering Individuals and Communities to Act
Panel discussion at the NGO Forum, UKZN. The first speaker, Golo Pilz, set the context of climate change globally and provided statistics to illustrate the accelerating depletion of the earth’s resources. He highlighted the role of spiritual values and the resulting lifestyle of simplicity, and explained the positive effects these have on reducing the impact of climate change.
Research and Independent Non Governmental Organization (RINGO) Constituency Meetings
The Brahma Kumaris are registered with UNFCCC as part of the RINGO constituency. Julia Grindon-Welch and Valeriane Bernard attended these meetings. RINGO does not advocate; it is an independent group whose role is to supply information to COP, indicating how scientific research relates to the Climate Community. 50-100 representatives from RINGO met every other day from 9:00-10:00 am to share the highlights from the negotiations.
COP18 Is climate change a violation of human rights? (June 2012)
December 7th – As the closing of COP 18 looms, particularly given how things are going, if one is a person of faith, it is befitting to start this day with prayer, as it the prospective outcomes are far from promising. After the now-routine 1-hour bus ride and 20 minute walk from where the shuttle bus drops us to where the sessions occur, I started my day at the session, “Ethical and Religious Insights on the Climate Crisis,” organized by the World Council of Churches(WCC).
Side event at the Intercontinental Hotel: Sustainable Innovation Forum
As COP18 Qatar draws to a close, business and government leaders gathered at the Sustainable Innovation Forum. The forum took place in the Intercontinental Hotel overlooking the beautiful Al Corniche area of Doha and the Arabian Gulf. It was hosted by Climate Action in partnership with UNEP led by Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director and Under Secretary General of the United Nations.
Qatar Foundation Presentation
Opposite the Qatar National Convention Centre, where COP18 , the venue of COP 18, a new Education City is being built by Qatar Foundation. Many innovative buildings and arenas are in this area, where many international universities are also established. The Qatar Foundation is under the patronage of Her Highness Sheika Mozah.
Inter-religious Coordination Meeting
This meeting focussed on the need to start preparing now for COP 19 meeting in Warsaw, especially building an inter-religious presence based on partnerships with Polish faith and inter-faith organisations and networks as hosts. It was agreed that faiths are diverse and yet there is a clear common purpose to do what is noble and right, to protect nature, to reduce harm, and to act wisely and in line with faith-based scriptures and values.
Side event on “Environmental Protection: Religious Perspective”
Dr Ibrahim Saleh Al Naimi, Chairman-Board of Directors, DICID, gave an introduction stating that different religions have in common the devotion to God, and His creation, the environment, needs to be protected.
30 November 2012
The international delegation had another wonderful day. The early morning lesson was held together with all the Brahma Kumaris members in Qatar and those who came from Dubai and Oman. It was a very warm gathering, in which we shared experiences, presents and a delicious breakfast together.
RINGO morning meeting
RINGO is the constituency Brahma Kumaris is affiliated with, it stands for Research and Independent NGO. Valeriane Bernard attended several RINGO meetings. On 29 November, all the participants informed about their activities in COP 18. Some of them followed meetings on mitigation, others on poverty or adaptation.
The BK Environment Initiative (BKEI) youth participation was scaled up in 2012 with a meaningful and effective participation at COY8 as part of the overall UN set of meetings on climate change in Doha. COY8 was held on 23rd to 25th November 2012 at the Doha Student Centre in Qatar.
This morning Valeriane Bernard participated in the RINGO meeting (Research Institutions NGO), as Brahma Kumaris is part of this constituency within the Major Groups of the United Nations. It was a short meeting but Valeriane had the opportunity to meet some of the drafters of the declaration that RINGO will present at the COP 18 (text will follow).
Side Event: Gender and Climate: Moving beyond the Rhetoric
BKWSU delegates: Sister Jayanti, Golo Piltz, Anthony Phelips, Sonja Ohlsson, Jyothi Hulmani, Teresa Mungazi and Teresa Lugones.
Since the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) entered into force in 1994, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC has been meeting annually to assess progress in dealing with climate change. The COP is the highest decision-making authority of the Convention. There are now 195 parties to the convention taking part in climate change negotiations.
Think globally, act locally.
For twenty years this slogan has been used to catch the world’s attention. The good news is that thousands of small scale green projects have popped up all over the world: people acting locally.
This we have done. This we already do.
Summary Report of COP19 and COY9
COP19 was taking place in the atmosphere of a strong call from science as well as from the communities adversely impacted on by climate change, with the most pleading message coming from the Philippines, recently devastated by a typhoon. Their lead negotiator, Mr Naderev Yeb Saño, inspired many to join in the solidarity fast with typhoon victims, which he himself initiated and held throughout the climate change conference, thus protesting global inaction.
Report 20th to 22nd November 2013
The Indian Minister for Environment and Forest, Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan gave a press conference on India’s position in COP19. Sister Jayanti and Golo Pilz were invited by the Indian Ambassador in Poland, Mrs. Monika Kapil to attend, even though this press conference was for press only. They were accompanied by Aneta Loj and Sonja Ohlsson.
CIDSE and Lutheren World Federation press briefing; 22nd November 2013
Sr Jayanti was invited to participate in this press briefing which included an opening statement from the Deputy Minister from the Phillipines. Sister Jayanti spoke of the importance and power of silence and the need to develop awareness and value for human dignity.
Report of 19th November 2013
Every morning, the international group makes a 30 minutes long power walk through the old town of Warsaw to the Smolna meditation center. There they have their daily briefing sessions on the activities of the day. Tuesday will be a busy day…
Report of 17th + 18th November 2015
World Climate Ltd arranges a yearly two-day business forum in connection with the Climate Change Conferences. For the first time they gave five tickets free to selected NGOs in order to fulfil their statement of collaborating with civil society. From the Brahma Kumaris, Francois Becher, Sonja Ohlsson, Nonie Reaño, Aneta Loj and Golo Pilz participated.
This cold and winter-like Sunday in Warsaw finished with a Roman Catholic Mass for the climate in the Cathedral Basilica of the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist. It was the first time in the recent Polish history that an orthodox and a protestant priest participated together in a Roman Catholic ecumenical prayer.
Interview, Sister Jayanti, 15th November 2013
Sister Jayanti (Brahma Kumaris) gives a refreshing insight into how our attitudes and how we live can be changed to help make the world a much better place for all of us to live in. The interview by the UNFCCC climate studio can be seen here.
Report of 15th + 16th November 2013
Golo Pilz was invited to present about India One and the use of solar energy in India. The Chair of the Environmental Protection and Management at the Faculty of Environmental Engineering introduced Golo and welcomed more than 20 interested students and lecturers.
Interview with Golo Pilz at UNFCCC studio, 14th November 2013
COP19 (14/11/13) – Golo Joachim Pilz, Director of the Solar Research Institute in India, believes it is important to practically demonstrate alternative clean energy generation.
The Institute has undertaken 25 research projects in cooperation with the German and Indian governments focusing on solar steam generation systems for cooking and independent power generation.
Renewable energy can often be inconsistent so he highlights the need for systems that are able to store energy.
His organisation has found an innovative way to store the energy and he goes into some detail about the system they use. He hopes that this system will be replicated for small to medium scale energy storage projects in the future.
Report of 14th November 2013
I care is the Polish slogan for COP19. For the Brahma Kumaris delegation, Thursday the 14th Nov. it became a continuation of the slogan – I care and I share. A press conference took place, along with interviews with the Climate Change Studio, a public talk in the evening, and a number of meetings.
Report of 12th + 13th November 2013.
The second and third day of COP19 proved to be two days of intense networking, especially for the two best networkers in our delegation – Juan Milling and Valeriane Bernard. The youth group and interfaith group are very active, they share very strong hopes for the future. Our press release got ready and there were some very interesting interviews.
Climate Change negotiations are grounded in the values of UNFCCC, such as equity and cooperation. Nevertheless, adherence to these values is sometimes weakened by national interests. We consider the crucial role of systemic and beneficent thinking in ensuring our transition to a sustainable world.
The Green Team Youth Group report.
Poland hosted the 9th Conference of Youth ( COY), a 4 day conference held in Warsaw. 350 youth from over 20 countries participated to share stories, learn skills, per-form solidarity acts and sharpen strategies. COY’s focus has always been to unite youth all over the world in order to strengthen their voice towards global climate change.
Report Monday 11th Nov. – Opening of COP19
The opening day of COP19 has been one of great concern in that the typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has devastated the country. The lead negotiator from the Philippines gave a passionate, emotional speech at the beginning of the 19th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP19) on Monday. After his speech, Mr. Sano said: “It is always hard to attribute a single weather event to climate change, but we know that the science is also clear that climate change will mean more intense typhoons, potentially. And even if we cannot attribute Haiyan to climate change directly, my country refuses to accept a future where super-typhoons become a regular fixture.”
Report of Preparations for COP 19
United Nations 19th Conference on Climate Change is taking place in Warsaw Poland from Monday 11th to Friday 22nd November 2013. For the Brahma Kumaris it is the 6th COP (Conference of the Parties) to participate in as an observer organization. At this Warsaw gathering, world leaders will work towards developing a climate initiative to replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. Participants intend for the new plan to be operational by 2020.
Consciousness and Climate Change
What is needed is a profound shift in awareness to transform the quality of the conversation and action among stakeholders: we need to recognize that our preferences and behaviors shape our actions. Real change must begin – and be sustained – in the minds and hearts of human beings.
Global Justice, Equity and Sustainability
Wednesday 20th November 11.00 hrs – 13.30 hrs
Climate negotiations are grounded in UNFCCC values such as equity and co-operation but are weakened by narrow interests. This panel considers the crucial role of systematic and holistic thinking and the principles of imternmational law, human rights and inter-generational equity in the transition to a sustainable world.
Living in Harmony – Public Event with Sister Jayanti
Thursday 14th November 18.00 – 20.00
– Address: Związek Nauczycielstwa Polskiego, Warsaw, Smulikowskiego 6/8
Harmony is synonymous with inner peace and balance, which give feelings of happiness. How can we maintain our inner harmony in the face of negativity? Guest speaker: Jayanti Kirpalani, Director of the Brahma Kumaris for Europe and the Middle East and spiritual leader and an emissary for peace for the last 45 years. Proceeded by: Duśka Markowska Resich.
Consciousness and Climate Change
Tuesday 19th November 18.00 – 20.00
Address: The Meditation Gallery, Smolna 11 Str. 8a (1st floor), intercom No. 88, 00-375 Warsaw
Guest speaker: Golo Pilz, Director of the Solar Research Institute in Rajasthan, has played a key role over the past 20 years in establishing the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University as one of the major developers of renewable energies in India
Thursday 7th November 2013 & Friday 8th November 2013
“A Journey to Empowerment” and
“Creating Inner Resilience in Challenging Times”.
Calendar of Events for download
On 3rd December, Valériane Bernard, of Brahma Kumaris, was interviewed in Lima at the COP 20 conference by Vilde Blix Huseby of Vårt Land (Our Land), a Christian based newspaper distributed across Norway.
COP 20 – Valériane Bernard interview
On 3rd December, Valériane Bernard, of Brahma Kumaris, was interviewed in Lima at the COP 20 conference by Vilde Blix Huseby of Vårt Land (Our Land), a Christian based newspaper distributed across Norway.
COP 20 Final report
After an action-packed event, the team continued to meet important and beautiful individuals and to work with a wide range of other groups.
COP 20 Report for 10th December
This has been a busy day for the Green Team. They have had interfaith activities plus a press conference and a side event on “Ethics at the heart of climate change”. They have taken part in a panel discussion on Gender Equality and Climate Change as part of Gender Day at COP 20. The team have also taken part in the round table discussion organised by the Universidad Ricardo Palma. They have met ministers from a number of countries and held some BK programmes too.
COP 20 Report 8th – 9th December
These two days have proven to be very busy with numerous high level meetings. Valériane Bernard of Brahma Kumaris addressed the workshop on Strengthening Inner Resilience at the Flora Tristan women’s centre. Meetings were held with Unesco and with Interfaith groups. Golo Pils of Brahma Kumaris was invited by the Peru Government to make a presentation to the Voices for Climate group. Brahma Kumaris took part in the Interfaith ceremony in the beautiful Basilica San Francis in Lima city centre.
COP 20 Report for 5th – 7th December
The delegation have now spent some time with the representatives of the Congress of the Republic of Peru and discussed countering violence against women. They also took great advantage of the Interfaith room, having many meetings. Sunday was a free day – the scenery and food at the beach house were deeply studied!
COP 20 Report for 4th December
The conference is now busy and the Brahma Kumaris have been attending and supporting sessions. Valériane Bernard took part in a panel session on Voices for Climate discussing the relevance of interfaith communities in managing climate change. The youth of the Brahma Kumaris have been especially busy.
COP 20 Report for 3rd December
The conference is now under way and this report describes the the groups they have co-operated with and the side events attended (and the powerful views being expressed at them). Valérian Bernard of Brahma Kumaris participated in one of the panels and was interviewed by the press afterwards.
COP 20: First Report – setting up
The Brahma Kumaris team have arrived in Lima from all over the world and are already actively engaged in meeting other groups and working hard to make all the preparations needed for a successful event (and having a good time too it seems!).
Amazing start of COP 20
The Brahma Kumaris delegation have now all come together in Lima. They are sharing their ideas with others and attending side events at the start of the conference.
Ethics at the Heart of Climate Change
Brahma Kumaris are actively attending the COP 20 for climate change at Lima, Peru.
A side event with a number of distinguished speakers will take place 10th December, 15:00 to 16:30 in Side Event Room Coral (130.) to discuss the ethics required at the heart of climate change management. The details can be seen in the flyer.
The Brahma Kumaris COP delegation are now mobilised to support a global agreement on reducing climate change by attending the COP 20 in Lima. The delegation will use that visit to do service in a number of countries in South America by way of events, talks and ‘green’ retreats. The countries to be visited include Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Chile and Colombia.
This video gives an overview of all the activities of the Brahma Kumaris at COP21.
COP21 – Ethical and Faith Achievements
A number of the faith-based organisations came together in Geneva to review what was actually achieved in COP21 from the humanitarian perspective. This report gives a detailed analysis of the agreements made in Paris and their practical effect.
COP21 Sister Jayanti Climate Change TV interview
Sister Jayanti believes in the power of consciousness and thought to positively influence the world around her. The message she wants to bring to COP21 is that when her thoughts are peaceful and free from conflict she can create a situation where there can be peace and harmony with others and with nature. She explains that everything starts with the individual and even minority groups can have a powerful voice.
In this interview, Sister Jayanti expands on this topic with great force of argumant.
COP21 Golo Pilz Climate Change TV interview
Golo Pilz, advisor on renewable energy to Brahma Kumaris (BK), said they are at COP21 because BK want to bring consciousness into the negotiation process. BK believe ethics and values from the inside have to become a fundamental part of the negotiations. Pilz explains that faith leaders reach out to large numbers of people and therefore can have a profound role to play in changing people’s habits and hearts. He also talks about the powerful impact of consciousness.
COP21 Report Friday 11th December
This report includes news of:
- Meeting Nicolas Hulot, advisor to the president of France
- Working with the Climate Coalition
- Very good BK statistics from the COP
COP21 Report Thursday 10th December
This report includes news of:
- 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)
COP21 Report Wednesday 9th December
This report includes news of:
- COP21 Solutions at the Grand Palais
- Interfaith meeting with the Head of Staff of UNFCCC
- Side event on eating less meat (A first for this subject!)
- Report of the Interfaith Liaison Committee
- Views of the Grand Palais
COP21 Report Tuesday 8th December
This report includes news of:
- Gender day at COP
- Climate Action Zone presentation
- The Role of Ethics and Faith in Climate Solutions
- The Inner Dimensions of Climate Change – A spiritual perspective
- Networking at the American Cathedral
- Evening presentation by Golo
- Champs Élysée at night
COP21 Report Monday 7th December
This report includes news of:
- Main event at Salons Hoche
- An interview from the USA delegation
- Arc de Triomphe
COP21 Report Sunday 6th December
This report includes news of:
- World Climate summit
- Solutions COP21 (with a view of the future)
- Centre programme in Paris new centre
- Montreuil programme with harpist
- A view of the Champs Élysée
COP21 Report Saturday 5th December
This report includes news of:
- Brahma Kumaris side event
- UN side event
- Montreuil town hall event (with artistic statement)
COP21 Report Friday 4th December
This report includes news of:
- Press conference with the World Council of Churches
- Interfaith Press Conference
- Presentation by Al Gore (questioned by Sister Jayanti)
- Concert with Desert Rose
COP21 Report Thursday 3rd December
This report includes news of:
- The ecumenical service in the majestic cathedral of Notre Dam (great photos)
- Youth day report
- COP21 space with pedalling participants for power generation
- Eiffel tower
COP21 Report Wednesday 2nd December
This report includes news of:
- The press conference
- news from the exhibition space
- Nathalie Cohen band concert
- The cities of France working together
COP21 Report Tuesday 1st December
This report includes
- photos of the public Climate Generation Space,
- the UNESCO meeting on ethics and climate change,
- an Interfaith Dialogue on Climate Change, Sustainability and Resilience,
- an event organised by the Youth group for the youths of Paris
- and the breaking of fast event.
- numerous interviews
COP21 Report Monday 30th November
Monday 30th November has been a busy day for the Brahma Kumaris COP21 team. This is the first day of COP21 with nearly 200 nations and their leaders being present. Brahma Kumaris were able to be present when the USA President gave his powerful speech and there is the feeling of witnessing history in the making. Brahma Kumaris also attended a multifaith meeting in the IUCN pavilion. There is a recognition of the value of the faith-based organisations and their ideas.
COP21 1st Report 27/11 – 29/11
This first report includes Brahma Kumaris activities:
- Interfaith meeting Basilique Saint-Denis
- Faith in Climate Justice – handing over the petition
- Setting up the exhibition stand
- A talk by Patricia Iturregui Byrne on the background to the climate change negotiations
- Taking part in the human chain of 10,000
The Conference of Parties for Climate Change 21 will be held in Paris in December. Braham Kumaris will be actively supporting this conference as we have done (for climate change and bio-diversity) for many years.
The following message has been issued by Sister Jayanti, the Director of Brahma Kumaris for Europe and the Middle East.
On November 1st, 2015, people from all around the world joined together in meditation in preparation for COP 21, for 24 hours. This was centred on the Grand Rex theatre in Paris where all the events were screened. The event was joined by international musicians who made their own contribution.
Statement of Faith and Spiritual Leaders
The faith and spiritual leaders from around the world created a statement, a call for action, for the leaders attending the COP21 climate change conference in Paris.
Interview with Sister Jayanti – Inner resilience
In this interview, in the Climate Change Studio, Sister Jayanti taks about a number of topics, including inner resilence, the role of faith based organisations in helping to manage climate change and the role of Brahma Kumaris in the climate change negotiations.
COP22 – summary video
This video was made from a collection of excellent photos and videos taken at the conference. It gives a good overview of the contribution made by Brahma Kumaris.
Fighting climate change with inner change
This article was prompted by an interview of Golo Pliz by ZME Science. It identifies the need to respond to climate change that is banging on our doors. Golo responds that it is the inner consciousness that needs to change. “If we don’t change our attitudes and awareness on the inside, it will be very difficult to change the world on the outside. The inner world, our mind, and the outer world are very, very strongly interconnected.”
COP22 – Report 17th – 18th November
This report includes:
- Sister Jayanti’s departure from Morroco
- UNFCCC Faith Meeting
- Closing of the Earth Forum
- Vikram and Manoj presentation in the Agora Space
- Attending the high level meeting on Accelorating Climate Action and being able to hand out blessing cards to the ministers
- Review of achievements of COP22
- BK side event “Trust and peace building approaches for ambitious climate action”
- Team photo
- Transcript of Sister Jayanti’s presentation to the Fez Climate Conscience Summit.
COP22 – Report 16th November
This report includes:
- Women Leaders and the Global Transformation Summit held in the 5-star Palmaraie Golf Palace and Sister Jayanti’s presentation
- The COP22 Interfaith Statement being handed over to the UN by Sister Jayanti and others
- A late afternoon BK programme that was well attended
- Some great photos of the art exhibition in the Green Zone.
COP22 – Report 15th November
This report includes:
- Sister Jayanti and Golo facilitating at The Sustainable Innovation Forum in the 5-star Four Seasons Resort and their meeting with Lord Nicholas Stern
- Attending the welcome speech by the King
- Valériane describing yogic farming at the Traditional Knowledge side event
- Piero Mussini describing his work with yogic farming on his own farm
- Vikram and Manoj giving interviews
- A dinner party for friends at the villa
COP22 – Report 14th November
This report includes:
- Valériane chairing the interfaith co-ordination meeting
- Golo’s presentation on the final day of the Earth Forum
- Interfaith dinner at Palais Soleiman
- A Morrocan dinner party at the villa
COP22 – Report 12th & 13th November
This report includes:
- Forum of the Earth, a two day event
- Climate change, food and the arts
- African agriculture
- Delightful photos
COP22 – Report 11th November
This report includes:
- Juan interviews
- Golo presentation at the Climate Change Studio
- Discussion on women, environment and non-violence
- Press conference on youth perspectives
- A roundtable dinner
- Working with a Moroccan think tank
COP22 – Report 10th November
This report includes:
- Early morning press conference
- Brahma Kumaris press conference
- Interfaith meeting
- Official handover of the COP22 Interfaith Statement
- Intergenerational dialogue in the green zone
- Vikram at the Indigenous Day
COP22 – Report 9th November
The full team have been out and about, making their presence felt in the conference area. This report includes:
- Interviews with Juan and Romina
- Dinner with GreenFaith
- Service on the Climate Train
- Beautiful music by Desert Rose
- Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum
- Side event: Faith and climate resilience.
COP22 – Report 8th November
The BK team is now applying itself to the business of the conference with many meetings and interactions with other groups. Included in this report:
- Meeting RINGO
- faith based organizations coordination meeting
- working with UN Development Program (UNDP)
- Sister Jayanti interview in the Climate Change studio
- Interfaith dialogue organised by the Indonesian Ministry of Environment
- and music from Myrthe
COP22 – Report 7th November
On this first day of the COP22 itself, the team have set up their exhibition stand and started to meet the other delegates from faith based organisations and government members. This report includes:
- Sister Jayanti initiating our activities with meditation
- Exhibition news (colourful wristband and blessing cards very popular)
- Our activities at the Oasis space (Valériane and Golo holding dialgoues)
- Some of the people we have met
- Juan active as a youth leader in the panel discussion on Youth Day.
COP22 off to a flying start
The Brahma Kumaris delegates have all arrived in Marrakech, Morocco in good time for the start of events for the COP22 meeting (Conference of Parties – organised by UN Framework Convention on Climate Change). This first report includes activities of:
- Fez, summit of conscience, Mr Nizar Baraka, president of the economic, social and environment council of Morocco and president of the science committee of the COP22 was the host for the summit
- Conference of Youth (COY12) (detailed report to follow)
- “A Sacred Relationship with Nature”, a programme held in Casablanca
- Getting organised – meeting after a year of intense preparation.
The Brahma Kumaris team are now assembling and gettting ready to attend the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco (7-18 November 2016).
COP23 – Sister Jayanti interview
During COP23 in Fiji, Sister Jayanti gave an interview in the Climate Action Studio. She identifed the link between individual consciousness and the mitigation of the effects of climate change. She gives a number of practical examples. This is a fascinating insight.
Report on debriefing of COP23 16 Jan 18
Valériane Bernard attended the COP23 debriefing on behalf of the Brahma Kumaris. The meeting was held in Geneva. The meeting included a number of senior members of faith-based organisations from around the world. They sought to find ways of maximising the outcomes from the COP23 held in Bonn.
Religion World have created a web site report of the Brahma Kumaris efforts at COP23 and make some very positive statements. Their report includes pages from one of our reports and a video talk from Sister Jayanti talking about the importance of our planet and our universal need to look after it.
COP23 – Press statement, Visionary Leadership
Following the press conference on 13th November (Visionary Leadership for a Sustainable Future), Sister Jayanti issued a press statement.
The Parliament of the World’s Religions reports on the delivery by bicycle of the Interfaith Climate Declaration at COP23 by a host of world spiritual leaders, including the Brahma Kumaris.
This report includes:
- Side Event in Bonn Zone: Faith and Community Approach to Climate Action
- Sharing with Solar Cooker International
- Interfaith meeting deciding next year’s actions
- Meeting the Indian Minister of Environment
- Our panel: Mobilising inner resources towards sustainable living
COP23 Report 15th Nov
This report includes:
- News of the opening of the high-level negotiations and Sister Jayanti attending
- Carolin meeting UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Ms. Espinoza
- Sister Jayanti and the launch of the “Declaration of the ethical principals”
- Sister Jayanti interviewed by “Balance”
- COP delegates meeting M. Macron, President of France
- Side event “Transforming lives, hearts and policies”
Dinner with Markus Kurzdiel of the German Society for International Cooperation
COP23 Report 14th Nov
This report includes:
- World Climate Summit at the Kameha Grand Hotel
- RINGO meeting
- News of the Solar Impulse Foundation
- News of Climate Action Summit 2018, by USA representatives
- Sustainable Action Forum, The challenge of changing mindset
- Visionary Leadership for a Sustainable Future: a public programme in Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn
- A beautiful place of silence
COP23 Report 13th Nov 2017
This report includes:
- Launch of International Solar Alliance and meeting ministers
- BK Press conference: “Visionary leadership for a sustainable future”
- UNFCCC press conference: “10 must-knows on climate change”
- Meeting the Dominican and Bolivian delegations
- Meeting Global Peace Initiative of Women representatives
- Evening reception
- Photo: meditation in the main conference hall
This report includes:
- A summary of the negotiations and the activities of USA
- Side event at the EU Pavillion: Visionary Leadership for the transition to clean technology
- Meeting Upendra Tripathy, Director General, International Solar Alliance
- Interfaith press conference: Changing lifestyle for a sustainable future
- Köln region carnival – very colourful
COP23 report 10th Nov
This report includes:
- delivery by rickshaw
- singing Greenpeace
- Meeting UNFCCC Secretary General
- Climate policy frameworks by German research institutes
- Visiting famous places
- Hope and strength for a world in transition
- Interview by Solution Zone TV
COP23 Report 9th Nov
This report includes:
- Youth and future generations day
- The multi-faith sustainable living initiative
- Young feminist day
- Indo-German dialogue on Sustainable Lifestyles
- A stage performance: “Close the Gap”
- 100% Renewable energies
- Yoga in the Indian Pavilion
- Great food and farewell to Didier
COP23 report 8th Nov
This report includes:
- Women and Gender Constituency meeting
- Meeting of faith-based organisations
- Sister Jayanti’s interview in the Climate Action Studio
- some very good photos
COP23 report 7th Nov
This report from the BK COP team includes:
- Interfaith programme “Sustainable living”
- RINGO meeting
- A surprise find
- Juan’s interview by a North Carolina reporter
- Juan’s nano interview
- Photo of our team and stand
- Sonja and Golo meeting Dr Daniel Klingenfeld, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
- Photos of the team in action
COP23 report 6th Nov
This report from the BK COP team includes:
- The opening of the conference
- The opening of the BK stands
- The side event: Global implications of rapidly changing Arctic
- Golo’s presentation at Cologne Institute for Tropical Science
- BK side event: Visionary leadership for the transition to clean energy
- Evening reception
- Team photo
COP23 report 2nd – 5th Nov
This first report from the BK COP team includes:
- Summary of the meeting
- News of India One being used for publicity by the German Government
- News from Hamburg, Bremmen and Bonn
- The delegation setting up
- News from Conference of Youth
Seminar: Climate Change, Ethics, Renewable Energy (6 Nov 2017) Panel: Hope and Strength for a World in Transition (10 Nov 2017) Faltblatt auf Deutsch Leaflet in English Panel: Visionary Leadership for a Sustainable Future (14 Nov 2017)
The Brahma Kumaris COP23 team is now assembling and getting ready for a busy time at the COP23 event in Bonn, Germany. We all need to be leaders and change makers in order to face the challenges that are to come with a proceeding climate change. Where do we find the courage to transform ourselves and to inspire our human family? There is an urgent call to create a sustainable life style for all.
COP23 – Visionary Leadership for a Sustainable Future
A panel discussion will be held Tuesday 14th November, 7:00 – 21:00 hrs (reception at 6:15pm) including a number of top speakers:
- Sister Jayanti, Director, Brahma Kumaris
- Anne Barre, Women Engage for a common Future (WECF), Coordinator Gender & Climate Policy, Strategic Partnerships.
- Joachim Golo Pilz, Energy Advisor Brahma Kumaris, Head of India-One solar thermal power plant
The moderator will be:
- Thomas Bruhn, Potsdam Research Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (iass-potsdam.de)
Welcome to an evening where different pioneers share their visions on how a sustainable future society can look like.
We all need to be leaders and change makers in order to face the challenges that are to come with a proceeding climate change. Where do we find the courage to transform ourselves and to inspire our human family? There is an urgent call to create a sustainable life style for all.
The venue will be:
LVR, Rheinisches Landesmuseum Bonn, Colmantstr. 14-16, 53115 Bonn
EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2013 – Report
This is a summary report of the numerous activities carried out by the Brahma Kumaris in support of the EU energy week.
ENERGY WEEK EUSEW
Talk, Sharing & Meditation; Beginners Welcome
An evening to consider your strengths and weaknesses
27 June 2013, Glasgow
Living well within the limits of the planet
Sister Jayanti, in dialogue with Joachim Golo Pilz, an entrepreneur in the field of solar power and alternative energy forms.
An evening to see ourselves and our world differently and ask the questions you have always wanted to ask!
Tuesday 25th June 2013, Brussels
EU – Energy Week 2013
Be a part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week
The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), an initiative of the European Commission, first took place in 2006. Today, it is coordinated by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation, in close cooperation with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy. Read more about Brahma Kumaris participation!
EU Energy Week report 2014
This report summarises the activities of Brahma Kumaris in support of the EU Energy Week.
Brahma Kumaris’ participation in EU Energy Week 2014
Brahma Kumaris is dedicating 9 different programs in 8 different cities to EU Energy week 2014 under the main theme of Sustainable transitions demands a new mindset. The main program will be in Brussels 25th June:
New Thinking Creates New Realities…
Sustainable transitions demands a new mindset… and the call of the time now is asking us to shift our awareness towards in the global and EU debate. So what is the shift in awareness that can ease the transition to the vision we hold? What is the vision?’
Exhibition: Consciousness & the Environment, New Thinking Creates New Realities, World in Transition – New Thinking Creates New Realities
For 2014, MeditationByLake-reducedBrahma Kumaris in Copenhagen will focus on 10 Values for a Greener Lifestyle. We meditate together for the environment and give lectures focusing on the relationship between our thoughts, lifestyle and the environment. There is a special event: 14:00 to 15:00, Sunday 1st June 2014, Islands Brygge.
Courageous People in Dialogue
A discussion with:
BK Jayanti Kirpalani, Anna Leidreiter, Dieter Lünse, Joachim Golo Pilz.
7:00 – 9:00pm, Tuesday, 3rd June 2014
Rudolf Steiner Haus, Mittelweg 11, 20148 Hamburg, Germany
How to daily care for the Earth – inspirations for heart and mind.17:00 – 18:30, Sunday, 15th June 2014Brahma Kumaris Center, Gdansk, Grunwaldzka 6/5, Poland
Detox your mind, Warsaw
This is a workshop session on cleaning our thoughts and elevating our feelings for the betterment of the planet Earth. The meeting will be held in Polish. 18:00- 20:00, Tuesday 17th June 2014, Galeria Medytacji, Brahma Kumaris, Smolna 11 8A, Warsaw. Poland
10 Ways To Change The World, Glasgow, UK
Talk , Sharing & Meditation for EU Sustainable Energy Week
“The health and abundance in the natural environment depends entirely on human behaviour. An everyday drama plays out on this world stage as we continue to act our parts. I am not sitting here temporarily. This planet is my eternal theatre…. Let’s increase our regard for the environment. … Om Shanti.” Dadi Janki
Join us for an inspiring evening to explore 10 ways to change the world. Everyone who attends will receive a reminder card listing the 10 ways we can all make a positive difference. 19:00 – 20:30 26th June 2014 Inner Space, 277 High Street, Glasgow G4 0QS, UK
A lecture: How are our thoughts related to a healthy planet…..Are they? , Wishful thinking or reality? Speakers: Joachim Golo Pilz Director, Solar Research Institute World Renewal Spiritual Trust – Shantivan Campus, Abu Road, Rajasthan, India More Info Sonja Ohlsson Co-ordinator of the Brahma Kumaris Environment Initiative Friday 27 June 2014, Budastraat 21/22, Kortrijk, Belgium…
EU Energy Week – 2015
Each year the EU sets aside time to focus on energy issues. This year it was the period 15-19 June. Brahma Kumaris (BK) actively supported this with lectures and workshops to raise public awareness of the issues.
Yogic Farming at EXPO 2015 Milan
As part of the Brahma Kumaris Environment Initiative, a presentation of Sustainable Yogic Agriculture was made at EXPO 2015 Milan, on 10 July 2015. They described best practices and the significant results of thousands of farmers was described.
Healing the Self, Restoring the Earth
We are living in a technological age which is increasingly out of step with the natural world and its cycles. In the busy-ness of daily life it is easy to get disconnected from ourselves with consequences for our well-being & health on all levels.
This talk and meditation experience will be held in the Brahma Kumaris centre in Glasgow Thursday 18 June 7—8.30pm.
17 June 2015 11:00 to 12:30 (90 minutes) in the Networking Village. This workshop will be promoting the use of workshops and dialogues to encourage / educate / reflect on Personal Resilience and Responsibility in the area of environmental sustainability. There will be tools for organisations, groups, companies, individuals and education. Speakers will be Golo Pilz and Maureen Goodman and it will be facilitated by Sonja Ohlsson: all of Brahma Kumaris.
Yogic Farming Through Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Meditation
This academic paper (published June 2015) describes research carried out over three years on yogic farming using Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga meditation (BKRYM). It gives a positive indication of the benefits of yogic farming. It says, in its conclusion:
If we know the basics of science, such as all matter is different and all matter is made up of energy and that energy is basically vibrations, then it should not be too difficult to understand that metaphysical energy works the same way. The review done on various aspects of crops at different places indicated that the metaphysical energy created during BKRYM and applied to seeds, field crops, or water used for these purposes led to enhanced seed germination and vigor, and quality of crops. While keeping pace with chemical farming, the extensive use of metaphysical energy may lead to higher and pure crop produce in the future. Thus metaphysical energy has been found to play a vital role in enhancing all the stages of crop growth, i.e., from seed germination to final yield. Use of this energy can be successful, as it is a nonmonetary and powerful input as well as being helpful in improving the society. Thus the power of metaphysical energy created during Raja yoga meditation has been found to play a vital role in transforming agriculture as well as human health. All efforts need to be made to obtain such effects through the use of the metaphysical energy produced through Raja yoga meditation. This will not only transform agriculture but also facilitate transforming farming families and other human beings.
At Rio+20, (19/06/2012) Piero Musini, Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University talks to Pavilion TV about Yogic Farming. Yogic farming he explains, exposes the seeds to positive thought for a few days before they are put into the ground – and then throughout the plants lifetime. He says the process – which uses organic methods of…
Strengthening personal resilience and responsibilty
People are at the heart of “energy transition” often they are not aware or interested in the effects of climate change on them directly. During this lunchtime event we will highlight the need for a “profound shift in awareness” to transform the quality of the conversation and action among stakeholders: we need to recognise that our preferences and behaviours shape our actions. Real change must begin and be sustained in the minds and hearts of human beings. This event takes place in Brussels at the Aloft Hotel Shuman, Place Jean Rey 3 Tuesday 16 June, 13:00 – 14:30 with speakers experienced in environmental issues.
Mind and matter
New thinking creates new realities – How is your inner-climate?
When we talk about the sweeping changes that need to be made relative to climate change, we need to include the inner dimension as well as the outer. Fundamental shifts are needed in understanding of the world and humanity as being interdependent entities and also to realise that our way of thinking creates the world around us. This panel discussion, including speakers experienced in environmental issues, takes place in Brussels, Monday 15 June, 19:00 – 21:30 at the Brahma Kumaris centre Bischoffsheimlaan 39, 4c, 1000 Brussels.
Meditation for the Environment , Copenhagen
You can nourish both your soul and the planet with peaceful thoughts in a meditation outdoors. Both beginners and experienced meditators can participate. A brief introduction to meditation and the environment will be given, then 45 minutes meditation with both guidance and silence. Friday 5th June at 11:00 to 12:00, Islands Brygge, Ved den grønne plæne ud for Sturlasgade
One for All Consultation – February 16 2017, India
This important meeting, held in Mumbai, India had the aims:
i) To raise awareness about One for All and it can best advance energy access in India
ii) How can faith engagement help scale up energy access?
iii) To understand the policy and financial barriers and opportunities to scale investments in energy access in India.
EU Sustainable Energy Week, 2016
This report includes some of the many activities Brahma Kumaris carried out to support the EU Sustainable Energy Week. This includes:
- Outdoor Meditation for the Environment
- Leading from Within: Creating a Better Life
- Sustainable Transitions – People and Energy Efficiency
- An event at Antwerp
- Simple Living, Antwerp
- Simple methods of Self Audit
- Renewable Energy for the Future: Solar Energy
This information seminar will discuss the new 1MW solar energy site in Rajastan India, designed to serve the local community. It will cater for 25,000 visitors to the Shantivan complex nearby. This equipment has been designed and built by the Brahma Kumaris renewable energy team. The seminar will be held at the Brahma Kumaris Inner Space, 277 High Street, Glasgow, UK, June 16th 7 – 8:30pm.
First North American Emerging Leaders Multi-Faith Convergence
Organized by GreenFaith the convergence took place at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 20th through 24th 2016. At the Convergence over 60 diverse millennial faith leaders – from over 20 states (USA) and across Canada – who care about climate change and the environment, and who are eager to mobilize their communities to protect the Earth gather in a spirit of friendship, hope and optimism. Juan Milling from Canada represented the Brahma Kumaris in this wonderful event.
Meditation for the Environment
You can nourish both your soul and the planet with peaceful thoughts in a meditation outdoors. Both beginners and experienced meditators can participate. An introduction to meditation, to personal responsibility to change lifestyle, and to sustainable energy will be given, followed by 45 minutes of meditation with both guidance and silence. This event is Sunday 12th June at Den Grønne plæne ved Ørestundsstein 7, Copenhagen.
Here’s the video message from Sister Jayanti that will be shown at a concert organised by Earth’s Call, a nonprofit organisation with the slogan “Funding innovative solutions to fight the climate crisis” on Saturday 18th May.
People and Energy Efficiency, June 14th
People are at the heart of sustainability leading to global innovative solutions in energy efficiency and sustainability to restore balance in relationship with nature. Education and raising awareness that “we are in this together” is of prime importance. This subject and related topics will be discussed Tuesday 14 June 13:00 – 14:30 at Aloft Hotel, Schuman, Brussels. The presenters include
- Sister Jayanti, Director Brahma Kumaris,
- Dr Thorsten Ludwig, Berlin Institute for Innovative Energy and Propulsion Technologies
- Anders Mavik, Vice President EU Political Affairs Office at Statoil
- Victoria Martín de la Torre (Spain), journalist
- Yoland Iliano, President of Religions for Peace Europe
Brahma Kumaris have received impassioned requests from the OurVoices organisation to add to the activities of 12th June, 6 months after the COP21 Paris agreement reached by the heads of states present. The letters include links for more information.
EU Sustainable Energy Report 2017
This report describes the numerous activities of the Brahma Kumaris in suport of the EU Sustainable energy week. This includes:
- Empowering People for a World in Transition, including workshops on:
- Tracing Consciousness:
- World view and collective consciousness:
- From consciousness to implementation:
- Vision: In which world do we want to live?
- Which consciousness is the foundation for such a world?
- The Art of a Positive World View in Turbulent Times
- Outdoor Meditation for the Environment
- Clean Energy for all Human Beings
- Create a Climate for Change!
- Consciousness & Climate Change – Responsible Leadership
- Healthy Mind, Healthy Planet
Sacred Earth, Sacred Planet
This poster advertises the Brahma Kumaris’ activities in relation to their share of activities being carried out in 30 countries by many faith-based organisations on 12th June. It is organised by OurVoices.
European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 19 – 25 June, is actually a month-long series of activities to build a secure energy future for Europe. It brings together public authorities, private companies, NGOs and consumers to promote initiatives to save energy and move towards renewables for clean, secure and efficient power.
Energy Days during EUSE Program May- June 2018
The Brahma Kumaris have been actively supporting the EU initiative for sustainable energy. This report includes the activities of Greece, Brussels and Denmark.
The BK environment initiative team have as ever been busy in Brussels meeting important people from the EU and sharing our philosophy.
European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 4 – 8 June, is a series of activities over an extended period. For example, throughout May and June, there will be Energy Days organised all over Europe. EUSEW is the annual flagship event uniting policy makers, authorities, industry, stakeholders, NGOs, researchers and academia in the European sustainable energy sector.
EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), the annual flagship event organised by the European Commission, brings together public authorities, private companies, NGOs and consumers to promote initiatives to save energy and move towards renewables for clean, secure and efficient power. Brahma Kumaris were very active at this event.
EUSEW Berlin: Consciousness in Climate change
As part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), a symposium was held at the EUREF-Campus in Berlin in June. The subject was Consciousness and Climate Change: New Perspectives on a World in Transition. The Brahma Kumaris were active in this symposium and Carolin Fraude of Brahma Kumaris facilitated.
Report 2 UN Environment Assembly, Nairobi, Kenya 2019
This second report from the UN Environment Assembly includes:
- Faith for Earth side event, including a visit by Inger Andersen, the incoming Executive Director of UNEP
- Faith for Earth co-ordination meeting
- News from our stand
- Meditation and news from Faith-Based Initiatives for Addressing Environmental Challenges
Report 1 UN Environment Assembly, Nairobi, Kenya 2019
The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) has overall responsibility for environmental problems among UN agencies and is a leading global environmental authority. From 11th-15th March 2019, the 4th United Nations Environment Assembly UNEA4 is taking place in Nairobi, Kenya. The Brahma Kumaris in Kenya has been connected to UNEP since 1979 and we have been an accredited observer organization since 2014. Brahma Kumaris has a very active team at the assembly delivering our message to all.
UNEA 3 Report 2017
The third session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) took place in Nairobi from 4 – 6th December 2017. UNEA was created as a result of the call made by world leaders at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Brazil in June 2012. Its aim is to strengthen and upgrade the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to be the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda. Brahma Kumaris actively supported this meeting.
Report 3 from UNEA-2, Nairobi, Kenya
This report describes:
- the national broadcast of a live interview
- a talk at Nairobi University
- A ministerial luncheon
- A reception with the Indian Environment Minister
- The opening of the high level segment, including the President of Kenya
- Meeting the UNEP faith co-ordinator
The team continue to be very busy.
Report 2, UNEA-2, Nairobi, Kenya
On this first day of the assembly, The UNEP President gave a powerful address to the assembly, there was a well-attended side event, the first by faith-based organizations at a UNEP event and the exhibition stand was very busy and popular. There was also a talk held at Strathmore University. The team have been busy.
Preparation and events before UNEA-2: Nairobi, Kenya
Brahma Kumaris are actively supporting the United Nations Environment Assembly 2016 (UNEA-2) in Nairobi, Kenya. This report describes some of the preparation work and events that have been organised by way of training, talks and exhibitions. It also gives news of a side event called “Exploring the role of the faith community to the Sustainable Development Goals”. This is a break through event being held for the first time at a UNEA assembly. The team also managed to fit in a safari visit to the Nairobi National Park.
The UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will convene for the second time (UNEA-2) in 2016. The UNEA of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) represents the highest level of governance of international environmental affairs in the UN system.
Report of UNEA at UNEP headquarters, June 2014
The first session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) of the United Nations Environment Programme took place at the UNEP headquarters in Nairobi from 23 to 27 June 2014, under the slogan “Towards a Life of Dignity for All”, with more than 1,200 participants, including Environment Ministers, Government delegates and representatives of major groups and stakeholders. The overarching theme of the first session is “Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, including sustainable consumption and production”, which is designed to inform on-going discussions on the formulation of a set of targets and indicators that would succeed the Millennium Development Goals. Mambers of Brahma Kumaris attended the meeting and gave environmental help and advice to attendees and held a side event to describe the India One solar power project.
The new retreat centre at Moringen, Germany has focussed on being as environmentally friendly and as self sustaining as possible. It has made remarkable progress and has been holding Green Retreats this year.
OECPR Meeting Nairobi
Monday 24th March to Friday 28th March 2014
Report on the OECPR meeting held in Nairobi 24th – 28th March 2014The meeting for OECPR (Open-ended Committee of Permanent Representatives) was attended by delegates from 97 Countries, Civil Society and Religious Groups in Nairobi Kenya.
Worthing ECO retreat 2019
A Green retreat was held in Lighthouse Retreat Centre Worthing where members of Brahma Kumaris from many parts of the UK (and the world) shared news and ideas in relation to protecting and nurturing the environment. Some very creative ideas were shared.
Green Retreat in Portugal, 2018
A green retreat was held in Lisbon, Portugal, 12 – 16 July 2018. The retreat explored the relationship we have with the five elements through meditations, professional advice and art. Valériane descibed the Brahma Kumaris support for the ‘Living the Change’ project.
Green Day in Madhuban 2018
This is a short photo report of a day with Mother Earth and emergency preparations held in Madhuban.
Moringen Green Retreat 2017
The Green teams from many countries gathered in the new retreat centre in Moringen, Germany to share their insights and experiences (and to have a lovely time together!). The retreat included many walks and talks with lots of photo opportunites.
BK Australia Environmental Group Retreat 2017
The environmental group of Australia hold a ‘green’ retreat each year. This year, the theme was APPRECIATING AND GIVING – appreciating the colours of nature and giving to the 5 elements of nature, a fascinating insight to the importance of colours.
ECO retreat at Worthing 2016
This retreat in Worthing (11-13 November) for UK BKs was attended by a very eco-active group, from all over the UK, who shared their ideas on various aspects of pratical tips for cleaning materials, creative use of arts and consciousness. Plans have been made to continue these ideas as projects to create real results.
Ecological Retreat, Lisbon June 2016
This retreat for Brahma Kumaris (BK) members was held at the BK centre in Lisbon over the weekend of 16 to 20 June 2016. The subject was ‘Caring for Nature’ There were thought-provoking workshops, some great meals and good weather.
European Teachers ECO workshop, 2015
This was held in Oxford Global Retreat Centre, set in the Oxfordshire countryside, in August. A brief report is given here.
North America Green Retreat 2015
On Friday, July 31, BKs from USA, Canada and Spain gathered at Peace Village on Friday evening with a lot of enthusiasm for the North America BK Green Retreat of 2015. The theme was “Consciousness and Matter, the Confluence of Two Living Systems” It was held at Peace Village Retreat Center, New York (July 31 – August 2).
The Brahma Kumaris family of North America, as part of the Brahma Kumaris Environment Initiative, held their 4th Annual Green Retreat
July 30 – August 2, 2015 in Peace Village, New York. This was facilitated by Neville Hodgkinson of the UK. The flyers for this can be seen
Lisbon Ecological Retreat 2015
About 30 people gathered from around Europe in Lisbon, Portugal from the 2nd–6th July 2015 to experience the soul’s true relationship with the five elements. The retreat looked at interactions with Nature and how to improve efforts to respect the environment. This retreat included meditations, Qigong and Hatha Yoga practices to sustain the body.
The green walking retreat – Germany
In September 2014, it was decided to have a green retreat in Germany. Instead of being based in one place, they chose to go for an extended walk – it was a big challenge.
Vila Serra Serena Retreat Centre, Brazil
The retreat centre at Vila Serra Serena, Brazil has been constructed using sustainable technologies. Here is a photo-report presenting the centre.
Inner Transition for a Greener World
In July 11-13, 2014 at Peace Village, Haines Falls, NY, USA, a ‘Green Retreat’ was held with a range of interesting topics and visits to farms where they put into practice the principles that they spoke about.
People are increasingly aware of the ecological and spiritual crisis caused by human beings. They want to create harmonious and sustainable lives for themselves and for all beings, and are urgently asking: How can this enormous task be accomplished?? This workshop will provide food for thought, spiritual tools and some action steps.
Ecological Retreat Casa Sangam, Italy
Between Thursday 5th and Monday 9th of June 2014, a retreat focusing on environmental awareness and ecology was held at the retreat centre at Casa Sangam, near Gubbio in Italy.
SB50 Climate Change Conference 2019
The Bonn Climate Change Conference (SB50) hosted a wide range of events, meetings, and negotiating sessions to raise ambitions to curb greenhouse gas emissions, and accelerate resilience-building efforts. Brahma Kumaris were an active participant at this event.
Bonn, Climate Change session April 2018, 2nd report
This report includes:
- presentation of BK action in climate change mitigation
- WCCB INterfaith co-ordination meeting
- Living the change initiative
- Workshop linking data and aggregation deliverables
- Earth witness side event
- Centre for climate change meeting
EU Energy Week 2016
EU Energy Days show citizens and businesses why sustainable energy is important – and help them discover the issues in the transition to secure, clean, efficient energy.
Bonn, Climate Change session April 2018, 1st report
This meeting, held April 2018 in Bonn, was for Civil Society members to discuss and reflect on climate change and human rights. The participants considered ways in which the states who had signed the Paris Agreement could be encouraged to deliver on their undertaking. This meeting was to prepare the strategies available. The Talanoa dialogue was employed. The indigenous peoples and the faith-based communities took part. The impacts of the efforts of each country were gamed with significant results.
On Monday 8th May2017, Brahma Kumaris, QUNO and Newcastle University co-organized a panel named: “A Negotiator‘s tool-kit: a range of powerful arguments to engage with busy Ministries on clear and concise reasons for urgent climate action.” The question to the panelists was: “How would you convince your ministry about taking urgent action in 5 minutes?”.
Celebrating World Environment Day in Brazil 2019
The Brahma Kumaris in Brazil celebrated World Environment Day in several places around the country and created a short presentation report with photos of the events.
Brahma Kumaris celebrating World Environment Day, India 2018
Across India, more than 30 Brahma Kumaris centres celebrated World Environment Day with great enthusiasm. Many hundreds of people were taught new ideas about protecting the environment. A photo report was prepared of the events.
Report of side event
On the 16th of May 2016, Segolène Royale, the French minister for the environment, chaired the first meeting that followed the Paris Agreement in Bonn. The meeting had a number of targets, all aimed at facilitating the implementation of the agreements made at COP 21 in Paris. It was also a time of saying farewell to Christiana Figueres who was standing down as executive secretary of the UNFCCC.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference was held in Bonn in June 2015. This side event was a panel discussion of people with considerable experience of the issues around climate change. It took place 2nd June in Bonn III (72).
June 2014 Report of Global Justice and Equity
A side panel discussion was held at the Bonn Climate Change Conference including:
- Prince Goodluck Obi, Dir. Global Alert for Defence of Youth and the Less Privileged, Nigeria
- Dr. Curtis FJ Doebbler, Prof. of Law, Geneva, International-Lawyers.org
- BK Jayanti Kirpalani, Director, Brahma Kumaris, Europe & United Kingdom
- Joachim Golo Pilz, Dir. Solar Research Institute, India
Case studies of tree planting in Nigeria and solar energy in India were presented as examples of value based transition.
Treading Lightly on the Earth, London, June 2018
The event was dedicated to the World Environment Day, 5th June, and the focus this year was to ‘beat plastic pollution’. A slogan of the Brahma Kumaris is ‘when we change the world changes’. It was hoped that the afternoon would inspire each one to make positive changes in their life. The event included dancing, meditation and panel discussions.
Sister Jayanti has recorded a message for the world in relation to the World Environment Day.
World Environment Day – 2017, India
World Environment Day 2017 was celebrated with great interest at the Brahma Kumaris centers in India.
This year, more than 300 programs and rallies were conducted in different places all over the country.
For a world of Peace – Salvador 2017
This event was held by Brahma Kumaris in Salvador, Brazil on 15th June to celebrate 2017 Environment Day and International Yoga Day. It was a joyous day filled with dancing, lectures and various meditation exercises. They also had a public talk on the “Spiritual dimensions of ecology”, on June 6th.
Chinese BKs meditate for the world
The Chinese BK family had a lovely meeting in their park to meditate for a cleaner, healthier, safer and more beautiful world.
W.E.D. at Lake Tegernsee, Munich
We have received a delightful poster promoting World Environment Day for activities at Lake Tegernsee, Munich.