COP17 Durban South Africa 2011 Archives

cop-17-cmp-7-another-talk-shop-green-washing-radical-action 2311The 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. 

The delegation of twelve, headed by Sister Jayanti, includes Sonja Ohlsson from Denmark; Julia Grindon-Welch from the BK UN Office New York; Golo Pilz solar energy advisor, India; Theresa Mungazi from, Zimbabwe and Juan Milling from Canada, youth representatives; Valeriane Bernard from the BK UN office Geneva; Pratibha Patel, assistant regional director from Kenya; Ruth Liddle from UK; Piero Musini, sustainable retreat centre Casa Sangam, Italy; and Belinda Westcott, Usha Jevan and Pratiba Daya of South Africa.

The “We Have Faith Mass Rally and Concert” was held at Kings Park Stadium as a culmination of the “We Have Faith - Act Now for Climate Justice Campaign” and was hosted by Nobel.

Opening Ceremony

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.
Despite limited access for NGO’s, due to their registration as a Research and Independent Organisation (RINGO), the Brahma Kumaris received invitations for 3 people. Sister Jayanti, Golo Pilz and Usha Jevan from Durban attended the welcome ceremony, which also included spectacular African Zulu dance and singing.

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.  This project is a first of its kind and demonstrates the possibility of using alternative technology to reduce global warming and curb climate change.

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.

The TV Station SABC 3 LIVE has a special COP17 feature and they were very interested in what was happening at the Peoples Forum. The first slot was given to Sister Jayanti, asking how the power of thought can really help the climate change crisis. The next slot was given to Golo Pilz, and the interest was around

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.

Earthcare Workshop – NGO Forum, Shepstone 12 Howard College, UKZN

The aim of the workshop was to engage participants in a three-step creative process to rekindle love and commitment to care for all life forms, respect the earth’s bountiful gifts and use natural resources as trustees. Facilitated by Ruth Liddle, UK, and aided by Juan Milling our youth member from the BK centre in Montreal, the workshop attracted twenty participants aged 20+ to 60+.


Take care of the earth and she will take care of you.