Madrid, Spain ( Europe ): Side event in the Chile Pavilion
BK Sonja and BK Carolin welcomed the panelists in the Chile Pavilion for a side event called “The Future We Want through Mobilizing Different Knowledge Traditions.” In a new partnership, the Brahma Kumaris, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability, and the University of East Anglia were hosting this event to bring together different knowledge traditions and perspectives. A special welcome was given to Gonzalo Muñoz. He is one of the Climate Champions from Chile.
He said that it’s not easy to digest the fact that we are running out of time and there is still not yet enough action. So where are we failing in communicating the sense of urgency? What stops us from solving the problem? Interestingly at the end, he mentioned that we have lost the ability to connect to our soul and its inherent intelligence.
BK Carolin raised the question: How different “knowledge traditions” can help to create the future we want?
BK Sister Jayanti touched upon the cycle of time, in which nothing stays the same forever. The influx of energy needed now is the ancient wisdom of the east.
Ximena emphasized the important of including the experience of the elders in the decision-making process. Mark stated that we need to gain civil courage to collaborate between the traditions.
BK Golo highlighted the importance of inner transformation, but also the need for lifestyle change and the use of clean technology.
Other side events:
BK Shantanu participated in an Inter-generational dialogue between the leaders of all the UN Climate bodies and Youth representations.
The high-level event “UN Head of Organisations Leadership Dialogue” was also attended by BK Shantanu. It was the first time Executive Secretaries from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) came together to show that the climate is a global issue and that we need collective actions.
Civil Society Forum
BK Golo gave a talk at the civil society forum in the Complutence University. Around 15 people attend the talk entitled “Transition to Innovative and Clean Technology Demands a New Mind-set.” The Talk was streamed live onto the internet and ended with a powerful meditation and a handout of blessing cards.