By: Aayushi Kasliwal
“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another. Non—violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction.”
NGO/Charity Go Dharmic is hosting ‘Ahimsa & The Environment: Making Peace with Nature’ an event leading up to COP26 to protect the planet and go against climate change. COP26 is a pivotal moment where a new path can be forged to address the climate crisis. With governments, businesses, civil society and other stakeholders engaging in the COP26 process, it is an opportune moment to discuss and bring to the forefront the importance of non-violence in addressing climate change. The movement promises to create pivotal momentum towards the success of Climate Objectives. This event by Go Dharmic seeks to promote and educate society on non-violence as a practical means of achieving our climate objectives whilst directing us towards a kinder, symbiotic relationship with nature.
By organising this event, Go Dharmic has made a humble effort to bring awareness on how the virtue of non-violence or Ahimsa can be applied to bring about a change in the way we see our environment and work towards conserving the environment better. The NGO has partnered with several renowned and like-minded organisations and individuals to speak on the topic to give different perspectives to the attendees and listeners.
Ahimsa in the context of the environment
Ahimsa (non-violence) is not only an ancient idea, it is of critical importance to restore our Earth and encourage respect to all living beings. Through practical application of Ahimsa we can reduce environmental harm caused in all of the categories of required climate action. Through public policy, corporate responsibility and personal lifestyle choices, it is imperative that we reduce harm to the environment in every possible way.
Ahimsa (Non-violence) is of the utmost importance in environmental action, whether reducing harm through personal food choices or businesses choosing less harmful courses of action. The practical application of the value of non-violence needs to be incorporated into the hearts and minds of communities worldwide.
During these Virtual Thematic Sessions- the concept of ‘Ahimsa’ (non-violence) will be the primary key as it is of critical importance to the restoration of our Earth and to encourage respect of all living beings. Topics covered by its speakers will focus on public policy, corporate responsibility and personal lifestyle choices that are now imperative if we are to reduce harm in any way. In addition, climate challenges, opportunities, along with voices from spiritual, cultural & moral traditions which date back thousands of years, will be explored.
Invitees and speakers include:
The event will bring together policy makers, civil society leaders, faith-based organisations and the private sector to discuss the theory and practical application of non-violence in addressing the environmental crisis within the context of COP26.
COP26 President Alok Sharma,
Founder, Schumacher College & The Small School, Editor Emeritus of Resurgence & Ecologist, Satish Kumar,
Director at Continuing Education, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Dr.Nicholas Sutton,
World renowned Spiritual Leader, Philanthropist, Humanitarian & Artist and Best-seller Author, Supreme Master Ching Hai,
Sacred Chant Musician, Krishna Das,
President & Spiritual Leader of the Divine Shakti Foundation, Sadhvi Bhagwati Saraswati,
Environmentalist & Member of Lok Sabha India, Maneka Gandhi,
President & Spiritual Head of Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Swami Chidanand Saraswati,
Founder & Executive Director of Climate Healers, Sailesh Krisha Rao,
South-African Peace Activist, Ela Gandhi
Founder and Director of UNEP’s Faith for Earth Initiative, Iyad Abumoghli
Founder and Chairman, Go Dharmic, Hanuman Dass
European Director, Brahma Kumaris & Regional NGO Representative to the United Nations, Geneva, Sister Jayanti
and many other wonderful proponents for Love and non-violence. The event will reach over 2 million people online with various organisations joining and partnering for Climate Action!
The event will also be live-streamed on Facebook pages of Climate Healers, Jane Unchained News, Compassion Games: Survival of the kindest, Vegan Spirituality, World Unity Week, Vegan Option Canada, Peace Weekend, Global Fire-Earth, Animal Save Movement, Plant-Based Treaty, Akshay Patra UK, & Quadrant Group.
“Without practising non-violence, talk of compassion to our Earth is meaningless. The Ahimsa and the Environment event is an opportunity for us to delve deeply into what non-violence means and how it will open the path for a more peaceful co-existence with nature. I strongly believe, if Ahimsa is applied to all aspects of societal outlook, we can reduce the harm we cause to our planet and its inhabitants.”
-Hanuman Dass, Founder & Chairman, Go Dharmic