Climate and Consciousness: The Confluence of Two Living Systems

Ours is a time when the natural world has been weakened and needs our service and support. We turn our attention to the Earth in the awareness that this is the only home we human beings have ever known. From this awareness emerges an attitude of respect and deep regard: we feel love and tenderness towards this fragile blue marble spinning slowly in space, our mother, and think how well she has served us and wonder whether we have served her as well. Even in her weakened state, we see through our loving vision that she is extraordinary- a delicate interlacing of rivers and oceans – of mountains and plains – of sky and fire harmonized into a connected whole. We are drawn to act in careful ways, in thoughtful ways conserving the integrity of her delicate balance allowing her to renew herself and give birth to a renewed world. *

*The Brahma Kumaris’ knowledge offers a subtle trajectory to explain the movement between consciousness and the material world – the two living systems. In Hindi these words have a rhyming quality: smruti, vriti, drishti, kriti, and shristi – that is awareness, attitude, vision, action and the world. The vision above and the paper developed for COP 16 elaborate on the application of this subtle dynamic in the domain of climate and consciousness.

 

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We are old friends, you and I.

Both energy.

You, the visible, nature and I, the soul, the subtle.

You have offered me sustenance and all my eyes can see.

Beautiful, delicate like flowers and butterflies,

or strong and awesome like mountains and waterfalls.

As in any intimate relationship, I have often taken you for granted.

I choose now to see you with new eyes.

To become aware of you with gratefulness in my heart.

Without you, what would I be??

I am an eternally shining subtle star

but you provided my costume, my body to experience life through.

The sweet frangrances of nature to enjoy,

others with whom to express love and share happiness.

I am a peaceful being, a loving being and

when I am in this pure state I transmit this to you too.

We then live in total harmony, both giving to one another.

Along the way, things changed somehow.

I started having expectations of you,

I became difficult to satisfy,

I trampled your innocence. Forgetting our pact.

I took more from you than was my need

and gave less than was your right.

Respect, balance and beauty lost.

I encountered suffering and pain, but it was never your fault.

I see that now.

As a soul, in this detached state I radiate peace and love towards you.

This is so simple to do as I have so much to thank you for.

This pure vibration will purify

and help you return to your original state of balance and beauty.

This is the time, I feel that love.

Posted by Arnold Beekes

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An important part of the BK Environment Initiative is to learn from and collaborate with other inspiring organisations who share our love and concern for the future.  There are many uncertainties about the present environmental crises, but one thing is absolutely certain – that hope lies in working together as a human family, sharing our knowledge and insights with each other as much as we can.

In this spirit of appreciation, here are a few organisations we work with on different projects/committees or we have met at events and conferences - some we are starting to work with in formal or informal ways, others who are important as sources of inspiration.

Abibimman Foundation

www.abibimmanfoundation.org/

The Bhumi project

bhumiproject.org/

Centre for Alternative Technology

www.cat.org.uk/

The Charter for Compassion

charterforcompassion.org

Clear Karma

clearKarma.org

COBASE Cooperativa Tecnico Scientifica di Base 

cobase.it

Damanhur

Damanhur.org

Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association,

www.ddmba.org

Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue

dicid.org/english/index.php

Earth Charter International

earthcharterinaction.org

European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment,

www.hf.ntnu.no/relnateur

Faith Association of the rehabilitation of street children and orphans, Nigeria

 

Forum de la Terre

www.forumdelaterre.com

The GAIA Foundation

www.gaiafoundation.org/

GEN Global EcoVillage Network

gen.ecovillage.org/

Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, Environment & Human Rights – works on the ethical and human right perspective of climate change.  
-  Centre Catholique International de Genève

ccig-iccg.org/

-  Indigenous Peoples Ancestral Spiritual Council

culturalsurvival.org

-  World Council of Churches

oikoumene.org

Global Alert For Defence of Youth and the Less Privileged (GADYLP)

 

Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW)

gpiw.org

Green Asia Network,

www.greenasia.kr

GreenFaith

www.greenfaith.org/

IndiaCare

Indiacare.de

Interfaith Declaration for Climate Change

interfaithdeclaration.org

International Journey of Environmental Education

tratadoeducacaoambiental.net

International Lawyers

International-Lawyers.Org

International Network of Engaged Buddhists

inebnetwork.org

International Youth and Student Movement for the United Nations (ISMUN)

ismun.net

International Youth Climate Movement,

youthclimate.org

Interreligious Climate and Environment network ( ICE) 

 

Lotus World, Korea

MaryKnoll Sisters

maryknollsisters.org

Our Voices

www.ourvoices.net

Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA)

pacja.org/

Paris Pledge for Action,

www.parispledgeforaction.org

Push Europe

350.org

Quaker Earthcare Witness

www.quakerearthcare.org/

Quaker United Nations Office

quno.org

Religions for Peace in Latina America

www.rfp.org/

Religious Bodies Network on Climate Change, Ghana,

www.relbonet.org

Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute (SAFCEI)

safcei.org

Sustainable Innovation Forum

climateactionprogramme.org

Temple of Understanding

templeofunderstanding.org

World Council of Churches

www.oikoumene.org/


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GREEN THOUGHT FOR TODAY

If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is Nature's way. Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics