Rio+20

meditation Sr Jayanti environment Rio 20Today was the start the actual Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference and most of the Brahma Kumaris delegation were present and participating by going to various events, making interventions and meeting with speakers and other participants. Todays report gives you an idea of some of the themes and topics discussed by high-level delegates, civil society, youth and indigenous people. It was also the day when the Brahma Kumaris local Center hosted an evening program in the city of Rio with Sister Jayanti as the speaker.

Solstice vigil
The day began in a mansion on the hillside behind Rio Centro. This mansion was also the place which held "Visioning – Co-creating a New Economic Paradigm" This was a one day reflection organized by Global Peace Initiative of Women and Terra Nova.

BK stand PS [338]Peoples Summit
Sister Jayanti's visit to the People's Summit was a beautifully orchestrated event with many activities. We left our house very early in the morning to visit the BK centre in Larnejerais, one of the 3 centers in Rio. Many BK's around Rio had gathered to meet Sister Jayanti and parts of the delegation. We left through congested Rio traffic to the Morning Meditation at People Summit.

Side Event: Confluence of Two Living Systems – with Sister Jayanti, Golo Pilz, and Juan Milling as our youth representative. Joachim Golo Pilz began with a discussion about the power of the individual to make changes in her/his own life as well as globally, before turning to latest news about the power of the solar energy. Juan Milling from Canada shared about Eco Shanti, bringing the quality of peace and the skill of meditation into discussions about the environment.

The Prime Minister of Bhutan today spoke out in strong support of local organic agriculture. Jigme Y. Thinley is well known now for advocating an economy based on happiness as a measure, indicator, skill and aim.

 ValerianePS 18 [338]Side Event: Aligning Awareness and Action for the Future We Want, organized by the Brahma Kumaris.

Joachim Golo Pilz, Director of the Solar Research Institute, World Renewal Spiritual Trust and renewable energy advisor to the Brahma Kumaris presented the main achievements of Brahma Kumaris in providing a solar energy system that has the capacity to prepare 35,000 meals daily. He emphasised that to bring sustainable changes in our lives, we need to change our awareness, attitude and thinking to the point where we make a positive environmental impact with our personal life styles and choices.

 Peoples Summit: Education we want for the new century, social and environmental justice.

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Event: "2nd Journey of Environmental Education for Sustainable Societies" held at Government of Rio de Janeiro State Pavillion (the organizer). There were consecutive translators as well as translators for deaf people. 

Side Event: "Interfaith response to Sustainable Development: Ecological Civilization'. Organizer: Temple of Understanding (the Brahma Kumaris were a co-organizer). Moderator: Grove Harris, (Interfaith Consortium for Ecological Civilization). Participants: Sister Jayanti (Brahma Kumaris), Dr Vananda Shiva (Navdanya),, Michael Slaby Soetendorp Institute and Joan Kirby (Temple of Understanding)

Family Boat Trip in Rio boat ride [338]

Brahma Kumaris in Brazil invited the international delegation for a day out in nature and took us on a beautiful boat ride around the Baia da Guanabara. 30 BKs enjoyed the three hour trip around the bay on a specially reserved boat, as well as the opportunity for the international delegation and the Brazilian BKs to enjoy each others company. We passed under the famous Rio-Niteroi bridge, saw the cities and villages around the bay, as well as huge oil tankers digging through the water into the earth to extract oil and fortresses that in the past used to protect the bay from enemies. All these experiences gave us the opportunity to reflect and churn deeply.

GREEN THOUGHT FOR TODAY

The earth is what we all have in common.