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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 well as with other constituencies. Daniele confirmed that we should engage with the Conference Affairs Team concerning having a space for meditation during the COP 24 and having negotiators on board would certainly help. He advises that we engage with the Polish government and religious leaders on this too – noted that negotiators are also pushing for this, and it is not solely a civil society faith groups push. The UNFCCC Executive Secretary will be in Greece for the inter-faith conference at a June Inter-religious conference organized by the orthodox.

 

Suggestion from ACT Alliance (a coalition of more than 140 churches and church related organizations)- religious organizations could have their own Talanoa Dialogue so that our collective voice could be included in these processes? Many people are already doing this. This could give birth to a possible statement for the COP24 – ACT USA – will do a Talanoa Dialogue at Global Climate Action Summit to be held in California, September 2018, intend to come forward with a substantive outcome.

 

We would also consider writing a statement for the COP24 to find ways to encourage the this voice to be heard by politicians, as many government policy makers do not believe people would be willing to change behaviors for the help of the common good so that we make clear messages on what moral and ethical achievements we want to see to come out of Poland during COP24. We did this in other COPs and It it has made a difference.

 

ACT, QUNO (Quakers United Nations office) and BKs would help in drafting this. Considering ways to blend a statement that weaves on a achievements at the COP24, including finance and L+D, and solidarity of sustainability to support those whose lives are too poor to even consider the 3 asks – on diet, waste and energy. These are already part of poor lives in the most vulnerable communities. CIDSE (International Alliance of Catholic Development Agencies) sees ways to weave in the COP24 technical and the sustainable livelihoods together. BK upholds the importance of this, in bridging the wealthiest and poorest actions on what is most important.

 

Download full report here.

 

 

 

Bonn Climate Conference

11 May 2018

Dear Friends , Greetings of love from Switzerland

 

I came back from Bonn on Wednesday  morning, May 9th. I had been there for less then 2 weeks and as always in the Climate Change conferences,  a lot happened.

 

Here is a report on some of the things that  I participated in last week! The report for 7 and 8 of May  will come later this week.

 

As always it was very special to be with there with the Cologne/Bonn team Gopi, Heidi, Dagmar on the first week and Caroline and Martin came for the second week and Marek from Poland.

 

All the best and much love

In Baba's sweet yaad

Valeriane

 

Download Report here

 

 

 

Green News - Natural Cleaning, Awards, Green Angels and much more

3 February 2018

Dear BK Eco Friends

Welcome to the first edition of the green newsletter in 2018! You can read a beautiful variety of topics: 
cleaning, healing, Madhuban, Miss Vegetarian, awards, EU Green Week and more. We have long- awaited 
news from Russia, great to hear from you again.  UK Eco Friends present an e-book on natural cleaning - 
maybe time to declutter and do a clean out? 


The BK's in Thailand are embracing the Green Angel and dedicating 2018 to "Healing the world through Silence". 
Congratulations to Radio Madhuban - they received the "Rajasthan Energy Conservation Award 2017!
Welcome to the Green Day in Madhuban on 8th March! The detailed program is further down in the mail.

Om shanti from BK Environment News Editors - Arnold, Peter, Sonja

 

Time for Spring cleaning? News from Joanna and the UK Eco Friends:
In the UK, we are moving ahead with a number of different projects.   The practical research of the GCH Eco Friends into natural cleaning materials has been completed and you can download the E-book for Natural Cleaning here.  

Thanks to George from Australia for putting the finishing touches to the design.  We distributed an A5 version of it 
at the UK teachers meeting earlier in January.  We are also offering an Intro to BK Eco Initiatives and Environmental 

Awareness for BK students to all BK Centres. Mike Hudson will be running these with help from others.  
The Eco Team in London have been working hard to source biodegradable tableware for large events such as Rakhi.  

Maria in particular is doing a fantastic job in following this through.  The next UK wide project is to have 
'Green Champions' in each centre.  We hope to introduce this idea at the next UK Teachers meeting.

 

Rajasthan Energy Conservation Award 2017

 रेडियो मधुबन को ऊर्जा संरक्षण 2017, उर्जा विभाग राजस्थान सरकार

The award was given in recognition of Radio Madhuban's effort to create awareness about energy conservation 

around Mount Abu. See the report and photos (mobile friendly)

 

10 Ways in Thailand 

Bangkok Center will focus on the Green Angel in 2018. The inauguration took place in December with 

the overall theme “Heal the world through silence”. The main inspiration is "10 ways to change the world" 

and it will serve both the BK centers and the local community.

 

UNEP, Nairobi, Kenya

The third session of the UN Environment Assembly took place in Nairobi from 4 – 6th December 2017.  

Its aim is to strengthen and upgrade the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to be the leading global 

environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda. Brahma Kumaris actively participated

in this meeting. Read report here

 

From Russia, thanks Irina and Elena

We have 3 new reports in Russian language

Spirituality and Environment, Open Dialogue, Brahma Kumaris, Moscow, October 2017

Miss Vegetarian - This delightful competition was organised to promote vegetarianism in Russia.  

The Brahma Kumaris did well!

 

Madhuban 8th March - Your Green day with Mother Earth including Disaster Preparation
Welcome to a journey to fine-tune your relation with nature. We go deep into our minds and 
create fresh awareness of our interconnectedness with the world around us. Mind and Matter 
are deeply entangled and meditation with a loving heart becomes the powerful tool to heal the planet. 
A day with a walk, talk, art and outdoor meditation. 


Program: (Registration in Madhuban)
06-06.45 Silent Morning walk in nature -  David 
10.30-12.30- Emergency preparation from a global and BK perspective - Golo 
16.30-18.15 Nature and  Art Healing Workshop - Sonja
20.30-21.30 Peace Concert in Dadi Janki Park - David & Co

 

EU - From Brahma Kumaris Brussels & Brahma Kumaris Environment Initiative:

Once again, we can use a readymade platform to promote Baba’s green vision for the future.  

Promote your Green Workshops, Seminars or any creative Green activity you are already involved in or working on at:

EU Green Week in May or  EU Sustainable Energy Week in June. We only request that you share with us your idea – 

we can help you with correct logos and statements, also make a report with photos of the event that will be sent to us. 

 

Hope you can join the fun.

 

A final note on meditation:
The Green Angel Meditations are now available as one complete audio file
with all 8 commentaries in one. You can also stream on Spotify

 

Brahma Kumaris Environment Initiative

 

 

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