Go Green, Think Green, Act Green, Live Green
We constantly come across news that governments and big business aren’t embracing action despite the warnings on climate change; often they might do just the bare minimum due to public pressure. At the same time, we see the destruction of many thousands of human lives as Mother Nature reacts to Man’s incessant demands on her precious resources, with natural disasters like droughts, floods and earthquakes.
In July 2018, the SSIO hosted its first Go Green Conference in Prasanthi Nilayam for over 1,200 delegates. The conference highlighted that change starts with each of us and that it starts from source.
Sathya Sai Baba says, “Man is not making the effort to understand the relationship between man, society, nature and God. There is an intimate relationship between these. Whatever we experience and consume should be within tolerable limits”.
The Chief Guest, Mr. M. C. Mehta, spoke on four key actions: ‘Go Green, Think Green, Act
Green, Live Green’. An internationally acclaimed environmental lawyer and advocate in India, Mr. Mehta said action is necessary at individual, societal and governmental levels to reduce the impact of man’s actions on all living beings.
Many renowned speakers from across the globe joined to give delegates a deep understanding of the issues at the heart of this crisis and the solutions that can be applied in practical ways, at personal, family and societal levels.
One of the speakers, Ms Hrund Hafsteinsdottir, Director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iceland, captured the essence of the conversation: ”Of all the challenges we are faced with, the most serious one is without doubt Climate change, but what is it exactly? What is global warming? There is no simple or short way to describe it. But in a few words, it’s unpredictable weather, extreme heat, less rain, melting ice from the glaciers leading to dramatic consequences for our food production and our water reservoirs. We are seeing heavier monsoons, more frequent tsunami’s around the world, polluted air is affecting our health. There is a sea level rise and increased acidity, which is all affecting the ocean ecosystems”.
Another speaker, Ms Shruthi Vijakumar, a Coach and Strategist from New Zealand said ‘While these issues may seem far away, perhaps disconnected from our lives and actions, what each of us buys and consumes, or throws away, and the ways in which we relate to the environment has a direct impact on our planet. For generations, spiritual teachers, faith based scriptures, and indigenous cultures have been encouraging and reminding us to treat our environment with love and compassion.’
Resources from the Go Green conference
- Video Highlights from each conference day: Day One and Day Two
- Go Green conference book – Nature: The Vesture of God
Study circle content – to help you read the insights of delegates and understand how protecting the planet helps one progress spiritually
Content covers themes including:
- The unity of nature and God.
- Why we have lost connection with God in nature?
- What Sathya Sai Baba says about why we have lost balance.
- Study circle materials – ‘Tread Softly, Move Reverentially and Utilise Gracefully’ – You can use these to run study circles in your Sathya Sai Centre.
Insights from study circles – find out what was discussed.
- Education Workshop – integrating Go Green principles into the Education Wing of Sathya Sai Centres.
- Devotion/Spiritual Workshops – integrating Go Green ideas into the Devotional Wing.
- Service Workshops – integrating Go Green practices into Service Wing.
- Centre Operations Workshops – integrating Go Green strategies into how centres are administered and run.
- Public Outreach Workshops – engaging the community on Go Green spiritual principles.
Nine resolutions emerged from the conference which the organisation is now working to implement:
- Share all material from the conference with all Sathya Sai Centres and Groups.
- Launch a Go Green programme to expand awareness and practice.
- Identify national Go Green ‘Champions’ to lead efforts on the ground.
- Create a global network to share resources and best practices.
- Integrate Go Green teachings and practices into Sai Spiritual Education and Sathya Sai Education in Human Values.
- Encourage Go Green conferences at different levels of the SSIO.
- Promote public outreach and the spiritual essence of Go Green.
- Review and monitor progress to sustain the projects at all levels of the SSIO and give status updates.
- Encourage devotees to create their own Go Green Sadhana and spiritual practices.
Need more info?
Reach out the SSIO Environmental Sustainability Committee at email@example.com with any questions, ideas or comments