United Nations Climate Change Conference

This year Glasgow is hosting the United Nations Climate Change Conference called COP26. The climate change conference brings together world leaders to discuss and reach consensus on the steps countries should take to ensure that we do not surpass the 1.5-degree temperature rise and mitigate the devastating impact of climate change on the planet.

At the beginning of the year Bhaktivedanta Manor was invited by the Government’s COP26 Team to take part in several climate change discussions as part of an interfaith dialogue to help mobilise our communities and temples to take climate action through our daily activities. 

Environmentally conscious devotees Darryl Biggs, Roshni Thakrar and Sheila Chauhan created the COP26 Working Group and stepped forward to represent ISKCON UK at these national discussions. They have presented to COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma, on ISKCON UK’s vision to reach net zero sustainable excellence in the areas of food, energy, water, waste management and education. This will be achieved through an upcoming launch of a set of environmental standards – Three Tiers of Environmental Sustainability – which will be compulsory for all ISKCON Temples and properties. The Working Group will also attend COP26 in Glasgow to further build their network and share best practice. 

Sheila Chauhan is an active campaigner on important environmental issues

Sheila Chauhan an Environmentalist in campaigns and policy has been part of the interfaith dialogue on climate change nationally and globally for over a decade she said, “The government has recognised that faith groups are important allies in the fight against climate change because we have linked our call for action as a way of deepening our relationship with Lord Krishna and protecting His energy Mother Earth as service to Him.  At the government discussions we have pointed out that ISKCON as a faith group –  we are local but we have a global reach in the millions.  Many of our communities are in the global south, in countries such as India who are hit hard with the effects of climate change, with warming temperatures and erratic weather patterns driving economic difficulties, food insecurity, and migration. We can all play our part in being aware of our own activities and reducing our carbon footprint so, we use Mother Earth’s resources in a resourceful way!”

In September as part of the Great Big Green Week which was a national effort for the community to take climate action, ISKCON UK’s COP26 Working Group joined forces with other Hindu counterparts such as Hindu Forum of Britain to launch the Environmental Hindu Task Force (HETF). 

 

Eco Bhakti is a dynamic group of like-minded devotees from all over the UK that meet monthly. They work together on environmental projects to raise awareness to protect and conserve the planet. To find out more about the group please contact the Eco Bhakti Team on: ecobhaktiuk@gmail.com

Published onFriday, October 8th, 2021

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