SSE Initiative: H.E.L.P – Heal The Environment – Love The Planet
Children from around the world were invited to take part in the Serve the Planet (STP) initiative under the theme Protect the Planet by practising ‘Ceiling on Desires’, through reducing food wastage, conserving water and reducing plastic waste at home, in school, within Sathya Sai centres and the wider communities. Read below about the project which was undertaken by almost 750 children, from 23 Countries, 72 Sathya Sai Centres and 3 Sathya Sai Schools, and follow the links at the end to see the wonderful entries they sent in.
There are four components in the term ‘Ceiling on Desires’. They are, respectively; curb on excessive talk, curb on excessive desires and expenditure, control of consumption of food, and check on waste of energy. Man needs some essential commodities for his sustenance and he should not aspire for more.
We can learn a lesson in this respect from Nature. Only if air is available in sufficient quantity will it be comfortable and good. If it is excessive and there is a gale you will feel uncomfortable. When you are thirsty; you can consume only a limited quantity of water. You can't consume the entire water of the Ganga! We take only as much as is needed for the sustenance of the body.
Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 16, Ch 3, January 19, 1983
The STP Subcommittee is very pleased to share the following contents with all:
- A wonderful video showcasing the highlights of the STP SSE Initiative for inspiring everyone to continue to H.E.L.P.: ‘Heal the Environment – Love the Planet’.
- An educational resource to view and download the children’s entries (provided below) in order to watch full length videos, read essays/poems and view images of children's drawings, paintings, 3D models, and service activities.
Go Green Conference Exhibition
A snapshot of the colourful artwork created by the children was displayed at the Go Green Conference Exhibition
The Exhibition included a digital display encompassing a selection of the 200+ entries of videos, poems, essays and poster submissions highlighting the children's:
- Understanding of the STP topics for 2017–2018: Plastic, Water, Food and Energy
- Practice of Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘Ceiling on Desires’ programme as a personal sadhana
- Participation in service activities undertaken at home, within the Sathya Sai Centre and community
Green Hub Speakers
On the evening of Day 1 of the Go Green Conference, two young SSE students spoke at the Exhibition ‘Green Hub’ space about their innovations. The full length talks are available within the video folder below.
To recognise the children’s wonderful work and participation in the STP H.E.L.P. Initiative, each child and group who lovingly sent in a submission were awarded a ‘Certificate of Recognition’.
The STP Subcommittee expresses a heartfelt gratitude to everyone who supported the H.E.L.P. Initiative and encouraged participation within their Centres and Countries. We aim to create additional resources and projects for children and would be pleased to hear from interested SSIO members, Sathya Sai Young Adults, students and teachers in order to shape these ideas. If you are interested to assist the STP Subcommittee, please get in touch with us via: firstname.lastname@example.org