A wider view

BKcommitment-image-220pxThe Brahma Kumaris Environmental Policy aims to encourage all of us throughout the organisation to feel that we are guardians of the Earth's resources.

We can help each other to grow in terms of our awareness of the natural world as a living system that needs our care; and deepen our concern for cultures living in environmentally susceptible lands. By becoming more mindful of these issues and more compassionate in our attitudes we can make environmental choices that can be felt in all spheres of our lives – in our homes and personal life as well as in Brahma Kumaris activities and buildings. We will use all resources in a more mindful and sustainable way.

The five main attitudes that will empower our environmental approach are:

1. Living with Simplicity – this is already part of our BK culture, but no harm having the aim to improve where we can. With an eye to the impact that all purchases have on Mother Earth, let's ask ourselves for the Earth's sake as well for the sake of economy, before we buy anything 'Is this purchase really necessary for centre maintenance and activities?'.

2. Buying Compassionately – where purchases are necessary, and local budgets allow, environmentally friendly choices are sought out and considered.

3. Using Economically – using resources carefully, from a place of respect and gratitude for the people who produced them and the resources that were used to create them.

4. Learning Continuously - always learning from each other and especially learning from other organisations we work with, many of whom may have more experience of using Environmental practices than we do.

5. Sharing Generously - sharing information via the BK environmental website - so that we can spread best environmental practices within the organisation and beyond. The environmental website is a good place to start for advice – please post up your experience or knowledge of products to consider for good environmental features. Sharing what we already know is the best place to start.

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by Valériane Bernardsun-for-web

Many people in the world still refrain from disposing of cooking oil in the sink with the excuse that the governments are not doing anything concrete! They also rant about the value of saving water to protect the environment, if councils and leaders do not care? This defeatist thinking overlooks the power of the individual and surrenders all power to external agencies. Is this what we want?

1387462 park trees at springAnthony Strano, April 2012

This post will neither be about environmental policies, nor political/social issues regarding ecology. This not a watchdog post to monitor but it is just a post to say a great thank you, to express gratefulness to the green heroes of our planet, who silently and gallantly do their duty in the world's forests but more so in millions of cities, towns and their parks. The heroes who are the lungs of Humanity, whose existence facilitates our own.

FRANCIS3Anthony Strano, April 2012

It is early April, early morning and the curling mist fills the valley below Assisi. The only things I hear are the birds and the bells which chirrup and chime in turn. Otherwise a silence embraces the dawn lit city. A silence that has existed, I am sure, in Assisi during the time of Francis and Clare.

With inflation knocking on the door, and unemployment statistics rising, people are finding it increasingly difficult to ‘keep up with the Jones’s’!  And yet the urge to buy impulsively and compete with the latest consumer trends, despite not having the bank balance to match it, is ever increasing.  Whether it is the acquisition of mobile phones, cars, outfits, perfumes or the latest fashion fads, there is a strong yearning in the soul to ‘fit in’.  To be like others; to be seen to be affording everything!  But where do we draw the line and say it’s ‘enough’?

How much is enough?  If wage earners were questioned as to whether they found their salaries to be satisfactory, it would be interesting to know the answers.  Do most people not feel they should be earning more?  And if so, how much more is it going to take to gratify the soul?

How many pairs of shoes are enough?  How many clothes do we need in our wardrobe to dress us? How much food in our pantry is enough to feed us?  How do we gauge this balance between need and greed?  In fact everything can be enough when the heart is big and generous and when it’s not, then nothing is enough.

GREEN THOUGHT FOR TODAY

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Lao Tzu