Environment INITIATIVES

It is our responsibility to maintain and serve the environment as much as we benefit from it. Learn how Brahma Kumaris are achieving this and join hands in these initiatives, in your own way.

Brahma Kumaris Campaigns
& Projects for Environment

The concept of universal brotherhood; the idea of the new world of peace, prosperity & happiness; the purity of heart and mind; would all be futile if we fail to ensure a sustainable ecological balance and a healthy environment. In fact, the crux of the Brahma Kumaris ideology is that outer cleanliness is based on the inner purity and vice-versa. No wonder, that over the years they have successfully undertaken many campaigns for a pure and healthy environment so that we can ensure the purity of mind, soul and body.

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Clean The Mind,
Green The Earth

 Through this project, we have not just propagated the need for spiritual values but have also planted hundreds of thousands of plants to create a healthy environment.

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Clean Nature,
Clean Nation

With emphasis on cleanliness, the campaign organized many dialogues at many places in the country. It aims at ensuring harmony with Nature.

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Save The
Earth Planet

The project has created awareness in public mind on the need for saving energy and water.

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Swachh Samaj,
Swastha Samaj

This project has motivated people for a pure and healthy life. Under this campaign, many cleanliness events are organized in India.

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Campaign on Nature, Environment and Disaster Management
This campaign is to bring awareness amongst the public regarding the factors responsible for the various natural crisis, preparing one to face the challenges of the crisis with spiritual insights.
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World Environment Day
5th June
Brahma Kumaris celebrates UN World Environment day every year. On this day hundreds of events are organized to spread environmental awareness and trees are planted at a large scale.
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World Water Day
22nd March
We have taken the initiative to save the most precious natural resource, water. On this day events are organized nationwide in schools and other institutes to spread awareness.
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World Soil Day
5th December
Because of mass deforestation and chemical farming we are losing a large amount of good soil each year. On this day we spread awareness and motivate farmers for organic farming practices.
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Eco Shanti

It’s a concept of lifestyle transformation based on spiritual ecology, an ecology of the soul that sustains & elevates our sustainable living standards. It helps us to connect back to Mother Nature.

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Paryavaran Jagriti
Abhiyaan (1995)

Brahma Kumaris initiated this campaign to sensitize the people towards sustainable living. This campaign was carried out in education institutions all across the Nation.

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Harnessing Solar energy

For over 20 years, Brahma Kumaris has become one of the key developers and promoters of renewable energy in India. In 2011 Brahma Kumaris and WRST were recognized as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization by the Ministry of Science and Technology. Brahma Kumaris & WRST are currently conducting research and training in the following technologies:
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Solar thermal power generation & thermal storage

“India One”, a 1 MW solar thermal power plant has became operational since 2017 near the Brahma Kumaris´ Shantivan Campus in Abu Road. Om Shanti Retreat Centre, Gurugram also has a 1 MW scale hybrid solar power plant using Lead-Acid and Lithium-Ion batteries to ensure constant power supply.

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Solar steam
cooking systems
Brahma Kumaris have developed and installed 6 large concentrating solar systems that produce steam for various process applications.
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Photovoltaic
stand alone systems
In addition, it has set up and operates around 350 photovoltaic battery systems all over India with a total capacity of more than 1.4 MW peaks.
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Solar hot
water plants

For decades solar water heating plants have been used to meet our hot water needs at many of our campuses throughout the country.

India One Solar Thermal Power Plant
Capacity: 1 MW peak output | 60 m2 Parabolic Dishes: 770 | Thermal storage for night operation & direct steam generation
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Parks Created / Managed
by Brahma Kumaris

Gardens promote physical health, mental health through relaxation and satification. It can provide a harmonious space to relax, unwind, reflect and restore ourselves. BKs believe and follow cleanliness inside and outside. They are keenly interested in Environmental Health issues and offer lasting spiritual solutions to world problems. BKs have been entrusted with creating & maintaining a number of parks across the country.
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Galaxy of Gardens

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Dadi Prakashmani Park, Abu Road
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Dadi Janki Park, Mount Abu
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Sanjay Park, Abu Road
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Sadhna Bhawan, Ahmedabad
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Sector 15, Gurugram
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Boriwali, Mumbai
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Ecological Farming

Sustainable Yogic Agriculture (Shashwat Yogic Kheti)

An Initiative of Agriculture & Rural Development Wing of RERF

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Yogic Farming involves village practices, agronomical practices, plant nutrition management (e.g. biofertilizers, rearing of earthworms, bio composting, etc) plant protection (biological control practices, organic pest repellents, integrated pest management, etc). It integrates thought-based meditative practices with organic farming. As the power of yoga has been a treasure trove of India, it can play a pivotal role in resuscitating both organic farming and farmers from the shocks of agro-chemical-based agriculture.

     Experiments on Power of Positive Mind i.e. Rajyoga Meditation by the Agriculture and Rural Development Wing of RERF has evinced the power of meditation and pure feelings. These positive vibes are recognized by the plants, nature, microbes, fauna, and flora culminating in ameliorating effects in production, quality, and above all reduced cost of production. Thousands of farmers have adopted Yogic Farming and are expected to usher in a new horizon in consonance with the rich traditions of India for ensuring the welfare of farmers, farming, and the environment.

Yogic Farms across India & Nepal

Recognition from the Government of India

The government of India has mooted a well thought strategy under PKVY (Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojna) encouraging farmers associated with yogic farming to tap the treasure troves of our traditional knowledge and wisdom in farming and harness the potential of our natural resources in a sustainable way.

These Researches have been published in International Journals
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“Yogic Kheti can improve farming & farmers’ life”

Mr. Radhamohan Singh, Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India

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Satvik Food

A way to Save Environment
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One of the major principles of the Brahma Kumaris is taking Satvik food. Such food is taken to come straight from the house of the Divine. Such a food or diet cannot have any element of negativity in the form of fear, hatred, anger, greed, etc. So, while all care has to be taken in its preparation, one has to also ensure that the ingredients of such food are completely pure, positive, satvik and free from violence. Hence, no tamsic item, alcoholic drinks or non-vegetarian items, and not even the onion and garlic, can be included in such food. Moreover, the food is cooked, served and eaten in the remembrance of God and taken as per the requirement and not driven by greed, so that not a speck of this food is wasted. Complete purity of food leads to positive and elevated thoughts that result in man’s spiritual nature and attitude towards his fellow beings and love and respect towards the Supreme Father.

Benefits of Satvik Food

According to the Gita, the significance of a satvik diet is that it’s light in nature, easy to digest, mildly cooling, refreshing, and not disturbing to the mind. It is rich in prana (cosmic energy), so promotes positive thoughts, happiness, and satisfaction. Emotionally and spiritually also the vegetarian diet is soothing from all angles. Moreover, a vegetarian diet encourages foods that are grown and ripened naturally. It avoids any kind of food that involves killing or harming animals. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts are satvik and are believed to clean the mind and body leading to optimal physical and mental health. It also prevents us from the infections that advance at higher levels of food chain. Vegetarian food reflects human values and virtues of love, care, affection, peace, purity, happiness, benevolence, charity, spiritual brotherhood, and love of Nature and the environment.

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Role at UN

Climate Change Conferences
Any lasting change in a social or environmental system starts with a profound shi in the minds and hearts of people. The present global environmental crisis is a clear call to transform our awareness and lifestyle. The Brahma Kumaris ideology is based on inner-change i.e. purity of mind and positive thoughts. We have been associated with the UN climate change involves since 2009 and since then have amended all their Climate Change Conferences, Convention on Biological Diversity & Environment Assembly. We have the Observer Status to the United Nations Environment Assembly of UNEP & also Observer Organization to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
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Sister Jayanti, Sister Sonja & Brother Golo at COP21 held at Paris, France

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Interfaith event at COP 23 Bonn,
 Germany, 2017
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COP 21 France – Sister Jayanti with Chrisana Figueres, former Exc. Secretary of UN Climate Change Conferences, UNFCCC

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Brother Golo at COP 22
Marrakech, Morroco, 2016
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Water Conservation & Recycling

Dams & Rainwater Harvesting

For conserving rainwater Brahma Kumaris has built reservoirs at its headquarter campuses and in the nearby places of Abu Road. Besides this, all the major center buildings of India have proper underground water harvesting units.

Om Shanti Retreat Centre, the retreat centre of Brahma Kumaris in the northern India, has installed a Rain Water Harvesting plant with a capacity of 2 crores litres per year, which is connected directly to water table.

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Gyan Sarovar, Mt Abu
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Dam Behind Manmohinivan,
Abu Road
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Anand Sarovar, Mt Abu

Sewage Treatment Plants

Sewage treatment is based on sequencing batch reactor technology popularly known as SBR technology. Unlike various processes of treatments, the raw sewage as obtained for the treatment undergoes physio-chemical & biological treatments. The plant is designed in accordance with the characteristics of influent and effluent according to the guidelines set up by the Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organisation (CPHEEO), published by the Govt. of India. The treated water has been useful on the BK’s campuses for watering trees, plants, and other agriculture purposes.

        Such plants have been installed at Shantivan and other retreat centres of Brahma Kumaris in different parts of the country. (ORC also has one, if you want to mention it specifically. But I have not written explicitly as I feel that other places would also have this, so better to mention it generically)

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Awards for Water Management Practices & Water Infrastructure

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‘Best Water Management Practice Award’ at World Water Leadership Congress organized by World CSR Congress in 2016
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‘Award for Best Water Infrastructure’ at India Sustainability Leadership Summit & Awards in 2015

Save water
Awareness
Campaigns

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To spread awareness in people for saving water, Brahma Kumaris organizes various nationwide campaigns at various places and also especially on World Water Day on March 22 each Year

Hot water supply project

It may seem to be a landmark and even unbelievable yet it is true that at the Brahma kumaris we are producing almost 11 lakh litres of hot water per day by using unconventional energy. Based on reverse refrigeration technology works on latent heat present in the atmosphere acts as a fuel, this is pollution-free mega project in India doing global cooling. For the purpose of heating water, the project uses 69 air conditioning machines. The system can deliver hot water even from very cold air. The daily saving in terms of energy is 32.24 MWs while a lot of foreign exchange (in the form of importing mineral oil) is saved when this project saves more than 5700 litres of diesel. It also discharges more than 7 lakh cubic metres of dehumidified cold air per day thus helping to reduce global warming.

        The daily saving in terms of energy is 32.24 mega was while a lot of foreign exchange (in the form of importing mineral oil) is saved when this project saves more than 5700 liters of diesel. It also discharges more than 7 lakh cubic meters of dehumidified cold air per day thus helping to reduce global warming.

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Other Initiatives

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Education Initiatives

Learn what we do for holistic development of individuals at all levels through various self-developmental programs and courses to cope up with the challenges of day-to-day life.

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Health Initiatives

A healthy mind stays in a healthy body. Learn the scientifically advanced measures and initiatives undertaken by the organization towards improving health of the society.

 
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Social Initiatives

Fulfilling a larger than life purpose, Brahma Kumars and Kumaris are working selflessly to uplift every section of the society and every aspect of life in various ways.