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Leaving No One Behind - News from the Forum on Renewable Energy in Portugal
29 Jun 2018
The Forum was all about innovation and action in the global sustainable energy movement. The 2 day conference and market place fostered new partnerships and ideas, investment and action towards securing clean, affordable energy for all. The main theme of the whole conference was Leaving No One Behind.
Brahma Kumaris represented by Golo, Sonja and Abhishek were invited to the conference as partner of the SHINE campaign. SHINEs main work is to secure safe, clean, and affordable energy in order to break the cycle of poverty.
The Forum was located in a historical venue Convento de Beato, an old monastery from the 15th century.
The conference started with a video message from the UN Secretary General and powerful wake-call by the Director Rachel Kyte. She asked everyone to be careful with critical decisions that need to be taken in the near future. She emphasized said that she has big hope to achieve energy access for all are due to this gathering of 1000 people from all over the world.
Brahma Kumaris main engagement took place on the second day. The SHINE campaign had a 15 minutes presentation in the main plenary where different partners were invited to present their commitments to renewable energy. Lisa Jordan, Director of SHINE first introduced Mr. Per Heggenes from IKEA Foundation who explained why they support the SHNE campaign: the combination of Faith, finance and philanthropic partners working with clean energy can secure that their funds reach the poorest communities. Next was Golo, who introduced BKs activities in the field of renewable energy , and our commitment to continue, expand and share our work with clean energy. He emphasized the spiritual principles underpinning the work in clean technology. The presentation ended with commitments from David ten Krode, Oikocredit and Fletcher Harper, Green Faith.
Fresh News from EU Sustainable Energy Week - Brussels, Belgium
29 Jun 2018
Lead the Energy Transition
On the 6th and 7th June, BK Environment was invited to host "Energy Morning Meditations" at the European Commissions, annual High-Level Policy Conference in Brussels under the umbrella of the EU Sustainable Energy Week. At 8.30 each morning Sister Jayanti, Sonja, Kathryn and Golo met in the beautiful Residence Palace with an enthusiastic group of people. Sonja started with 10 minutes of Chi Gong, followed by Sister Jayanti who guided everyone into a meditation experience circling around our inner energies. Golo ended with a brief introduction to the BK solar activities in India and their spiritual connection.
Click here to watch/download message from Sister Jayanti.
Happy World Environment Day and BK Green Newsletter June
29 Jun 2018
Dear green servers
The news keeps flooding into the office, it is just so great to read about it all, and feel everyone’s enthusiasm.
Jun 5th is World Environment Day, and it is time to Beat the Plastic! Hope all centers have started to replace the
use of plastic in various forms. Have a nice plastic free day! London had a program yesterday called "Treading
Lightly on the Earth", Stockholm center and others are doing special Kind to the Earth- Meditations today.
In Copenhagen we had a great outdoor meditation in a beautiful park. India is of course doing a massive
contribution to World Environment Day with its many programs. We look forward reading about that next time.
"Walk softly upon this earth, giving what you can and taking only what you need" - Buddha
(from the London program poster)
First two news clips and one class from Russia:
BK in Moscow, Russia took part in the IX International Scientific Conference on the problems of ecological worldview
"Ecology of the external and internal environment of the social system" on April 29th, 2018.
ECOLOGY OF CONSCIOUSNESS, By Sudha Rani Gupta, Master of Natural Science (Botany), General Director,
BK Centre of Spiritual Development. You can read BK Sudha’s talk here:
International Mother Earth Day has been celebrated all over the world on the 22nd of April and the Brahma Kumaris in Russia, CIS and the Baltic states were active in this. Special events were held in Moscow (Russia), Novosibirsk (Siberia, Russia), Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), Astana (Kazakhstan), Vilnius (Lithuania) and others.
And two rewards are given in India:
Green Building Recognition to Brahma Kumaris, Shantivan
The residential campuses “Manmohinivan and Anand Sarovar” at Brahma Kumaris international spiritual headquarters in
Abu Road, Rajastan, India was recently awarded the prestigious “Green Building” recognition by “Indian Green Building Council”
in Jaipur, see report and pictures
Award for Energy Conservation
The Brahma Kumaris have been awarded a first prize for energy conservation by the Maharashtra Energy Development Agency.
Government of Maharashtra has recognized the remarkable efforts of Brahma Kumaris in the field of energy conservation
and sustainability, see report and pictures
2018 Africa Carbon Forum
Brahma Kumaris participated in the 2018 Africa Carbon Forum organised by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
from 11th to 13th April 2018 in Gigiri, Kenya. The theme for this year’s forum was
“Climate Action for Sustainable Development: Driving Change in Africa.”
The month of May was a conference month!
Lisbon: The Sustainable Innovation Forum arranged the annual conference in Lisbon. Golo presented our commitments in
renewable energy service as part of the SHINE campaign. See pictures and read more in attached report.
Bonn, Germany: The annual UN Climate Change Conference in Bon in May was a productive and serviceable time for Valeriane
and the German team: Gopi, Heidi, Dagmar, Caro, Martin and others. See 2 reports and pictures here:
We have a lot of news waiting to be shared with you: New class on Sustainable Economy by Ken ODonnell, EU Energy week
programs in Athens and Thessaloniki, Copenhagen, Berlin and Brussels. There will be news from youth conference and
Innovative4climate in Bonn and Angel walks in nature and Collective Meditation at Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai.
BK Green Newsletter Editors -
Peter, Arnold, Sonja
More June News from the Green Team
20 Jun 2018
Dear Green Servers
What a wonderful environment day to celebrate within our community! So much activities carried out with love and enthusiasm.
Please enjoy the second newsletter in the month of June. First time, there are two newsletters in one month! This time: new video clip, new article, our first "less-food-waste story", the vegan initiative.
First of all, the Message for World Environment Day by Sister Jayanti. Click on the image below to play the video.
Program in London "Treading Lightly on Earth". Click here to read the report.
Material to churn and share:
New article on Sustainable Economy by Ken O'Donnell. Enjoy!
Looking after Our World
Bonn Climate Conference 2nd Report
28 May 2018
Daniele Violetti, from the UNFCCC, is now switching to a different function (finance and capacity building), so no longer in the capacity of Executive Officer and will no longer liaise with faith and other groups. So faith based groups are going to be under the Global Climate Action team for the coordination purpose and interaction with faith groups as e="width: 300px; height: 300px; margin: 4px;" />
Brahma Kumaris Environment Initiative