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  • 1. BRAHMA KUMARIS ENVIRONMENT INITIATIVE
  • 2. United Nations Climate Change Conference & NGO Forum Copenhagen 7th - 18th December 2009
  • 3. Overview of COP 15
    • COP15 - the 15th Conference of the Parties under the UN ‘Climate Change Convention’
    • Ministers and officials from 192 countries are expected to attend
    • A parallel NGO Forum, organised by local NGOs and sponsored by the Danish Government.
  • 4.
    • There are 2 organisations in Copenhagen dealing with this. Brahma Kumaris Denmark is part of both committees.
    • The People's Climate Action www.peoplesclimateaction.dk
    • Klimaforum 09 www.klimaforum09.org
    About the NGO Forum
  • 5.
    • To help individuals and communities understand:
    • the connection between consciousness and the state of the planet;
    • how self transformation and action based on spiritual values, such as non-violence and respect, contribute to a change in the environment;
    • how to enable lasting changes in lifestyle .
    Aim of the BK Environment Initiative (1)
  • 6.
    • To encourage BKs and centres to develop eco-friendly attitudes, actions and running of centres.
    • The BKs already contribute actively to the protection of the environment with a very sustainable lifestyle:
    • - little waste,
    • - vegetarianism,
    • - simplicity and economy,
    • - respect of nature and……
    Aim of the BK Environment Initiative (2)
  • 7. Example : VEGETARIANISM
    • Did you know that intensive animal breeding:
    • produces more green-house gas emissions than the whole world transport systems (planes, trains, cars, etc.)
    • 2) generates massive pollution of the soil and water resources as well as deforestation and changes in climate, etc.
  • 8. 3 Green Questions
    • Can you describe the link between consciousness and environment ?
    • Why should the Brahma Kumaris address environmental concerns and participate in conferences on this theme ?
    • Please formulate the main guidelines for a spiritual sustainable lifestyle.
  • 9. Workshop
    • Meet in groups of 6
    • Choose 1, 2 or all 3 questions
    • Bring back your written answers to the Green Team, in this hall (next session).
    • Feedback will be available on the BK Green Blog
  • 10. Learn more, see the latest news www.environment.brahmakumaris.org You can join too by being, doing and sharing