The Initiative

Who We Are

We are people following a spiritual lifestyle. We have understood that spiritual life is a holistic consciousness that requires the development and integration of the mental, intellectual, spiritual and physical. We are learning that Nature, her principles, rhythms, seasons, time patterns, produce air, earth, water and light, creating the stage of this earth where we live and express.
Our bodies are the creation of nature's forces and  when the spiritual is in proper balance with the physical there can be a practical and sustainable harmony that is inclusive of all people and all aspects of nature.
In the myths and stories of all cultures  universal truths about these aspects can be re-examined and learned from.
 Seeds and plants interact with humans, animals, air, water, light and earth to provide life. We marvel at this miracle of sustainability which Nature repeats season by season since humanity appeared on earth.

The Brahma Kumaris Spiritual Centres in Greece, taking the lead from their mother university in India, connect with the reality of their natural spiritual self but also with the respectful and non-violent attitude to Nature. Not only not to waste the resources of time, energy, thought and speech but also equally not to waste, damage or exploit the resources of Nature.

The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University in Mt. Abu, India, is an international non–governmental organization (NGO) in general consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and in consultative status with UNICEF. It is also affiliated to the UN Department of Public Information.
It has  8,500 centres  located in 110 countries.
Its activities are varied and in many fields from prison work through to youth, arts, science  and various aspects of  personal development. In essence its activities are to acknowledge and develop the awareness of the original happiness and wellbeing of the self by overcoming selfishness and consequently not only create a better self but also a better world.
 In The Green Angel Initiative it is felt that as the individual heals, reintegrates, relearns & rediscovers his or her original and natural resources then automatically the relationship with Nature will come into harmony. Through her principles and expression Nature can be cooperative in showing human beings how to reintegrate & reconcile to their roots as members of the human family.
The Green Angel Initiative is an open-ended program and will unfold more as things are suggested, experimented with and seen. It was inspired by the Brahma Kumaris Environment Initiative.

A TV interview that Sonja Olson, coordinator of the BK Environment Initiative, gave on "Climate and Consciousness":

What is the connection between the consciousness and environment ?
There are many links, and many know them but maybe not think about them in this context. For example we need to improve our lifestyle to a more sustainable lifestyle. But before any change in lifestyle and value, there needs to be a change in awareness and understanding. A deep understanding or insight or aha experience will change my attitude and therefore my actions.
We know Earth is an intricate living system, it consist of parts and process that continually affect one another over time – particles connect, grow, and change in cyclic manner. To fully understand the environment crisis we need to look at another living system that influences Earth – the living system of thought at every level of human affairs. Our thoughts affect our collective efforts to create a tolerable world and civilization. In the day to day life with too many things to do and too many thoughts, our thoughts have become fragmented. A fragmented consciousness separates cause from effect. We see one small part but don’t see how it affects the whole system. It is all connected, so if it is all connected then also my thoughts are connected to the world around me. I don’t think we should underestimate the power of thought and change in thinking. We have seen this far reaching influence on the climate change, cut down the rainforest in one place, and it affects the environment in another part across the world.

That is easy to explain scientifically, but can we apply the same principle to consciousness?
The thought often claims to just comment on what is happening around us, or claims to be a neutral observer. The thought says this happened, and that happened. But in reality the thought has greater part than that – it actually creates. When we increase our ability to see this, we take more responsibility to have a positive influence on the world around us.

What is now your feeling behind the word climate change and can you describe the rationale behind this feeling?
When I hear the word climate change I have a feeling of urgency, but at the same time a strong feeling of hope. During the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference the city council launched a campaign called Copenhagen –like in hope. Yes it is possible to make an impact if we work together but we shouldn’t wait to start this, not wait to begin the cycle of change.
That feeling of urgency creates an attitude of personal responsibility. Whatever little I can do, let me do it, and let me do it now. There is a saying that if I affect one small part of a bigger system, then I affect the whole system. So, if I benefit one small part of the whole system, I benefit the whole system. In the same way if I damage one small part I damage the whole. So a negative thought will not only affect me, but also the world around me. It also means one can have a positive influence on the world around. I can work on influencing the world around me with generosity, tolerance, respect. When I understand this, I don’t have to feel hopeless, knowing that even the smallest contribution I as an individual can do, makes a difference on the end result. Therefore understanding is so important, when we raise our awareness on how all things are connected and affect each other, when I understand what I as individual can do and then actually do, then the attitude of hopelessness is replaced by personal responsibility and feeling of inner power.

What helps us to shift from greed to generosity and respect towards the environment?
Generosity is part of co-operation we all need to engage ourselves in order to reverse the negative cycle of climate change. Climate change affects all levels of society – it is coming into our homes in terms of health and wellbeing, it affects our works and the economics in the society, if affects our cultural inheritance etc etc. So in order to reverse the damage we also need to co-operate on all levels of society-we have to do it together. Co-operation requires respect, listening skills, flexibility, tolerance and a spirit of generosity. These are all personal values and skills which we need to sustain in ourselves on the personal level. When we reflect and spend time in silence every day to emerge these qualities from within, then we become content and satisfied from within. When I am content and satisfied from within, co-operation is easy and I have a lot of energy to continue working. From a position of inner state of completeness I can easily share both my inner and outer resources. We can be part of a cycle of sharing and giving generously, even just time and good wishes for each other.
In the developed countries over-consumption also has a direct impact on climate change and the carbon footprint. The over-consumption is happening because of not being satisfied within, we compensate with consumption. Again inner contentment comes from setting time aside for positive reflection and feelings everyday.