The first ever Go Green Conference held in July 2018 in Prashanti Nilayam has created alarming awareness of the extensive damage caused to the Environment due to Man's reckless behaviour. This has stirred emotions in Devotees that have come to realise that enough is enough. Swami has been talking about mans relationship with nature or the environment since the 1970s, that man and nature are in fact interdependent.

The conference was a real eye opener, with many eloquent speakers, most of whom were experts in the field of environmental issues. It’s as though Swami himself has prepared them over many years to be the champions of change. The statistics given at the conference was overwhelming and the world visiting Prashanti Nilayam for the Go Green Conference has committed to returning to their respective countries and undertake projects that will not only slower the ill effects caused to nature but will further engage in projects/programs that will help reverse this damage. South Africa is no different.

The following topics were discussed at the conference and emanating from that, some resolutions were taken for all of us to implement in our respective countries: 

  • Tree planting
  • Water harvesting
  • Energy Saving
  • Beach clean-up
  • Recycling
  • E waste
  • Plastic/ Polystyrene reduction & re-purpose

Team SA proposes the following :

  1. Go Green Champions at centre levels to put together study circle materials on Go Green Initiatives to educate and assist devotees to make Go Green a way of Living
  2. Making the 19th of every month a Green Deeds Day (Since mother nature is the mother of all mothers, via  ladies day, devotees can engage in any type of go green activity on this day (this can be adopted Globally)
  3. Devotees that practice go green initiatives daily to encourage 3 other people(neighbours family friends) to follow suit, in turn these 3 to practice and encourage 3 others and it goes on, creating a pyramid of positive change

PROJECT 1 -TREE PLANTING

The Go Green team SA has started with Tree planting as the first Go Green initiative for the organisation. A collective decision taken at the conference was to plant at least 10 million trees Globally by Bhagawan’s 100th birth Anniversary. We want to pursue the following as a matter of urgency:

  1. Educate all devotees on the importance of planting trees as well as not cutting down trees.
  2. To encourage all devotees to plant a tree on their birthday.
  3. Every centre to plant a tree for every devotee in their centre before/on Swami's Birthday
  4. Encourage all devotees to give a tree as a gift to friends and family.
  5. Centre presidents/go green champions to complete google form on SSIOSA website after every tree planting exercise so that accurate stats can be obtained

Should the above tree planting be adhered to by all devotees and centres alike, then SA should have a total of at least 105000 trees planted by the 100th advent (7 years).

TYPE OF SEVA

RESPONSIBLE

WHEN/DATE

WHERE

HOW

TREE PLANTING

DEVOTEE

Devotees Birthday

Home or suitable area in community

Procurement

Area to plant

Methodology

Sustainability

By-laws of the areas

Reporting back to Region/ Go Green team.

CENTRE

Aradhana Mahotsavam

Swamis Birthday

Area to be identified by Seva Coordinator

COMMUNITY

Arbhor Day or Special Days

suitable area in community

 

PROJECT 2–PLASTIC / POLYSTYRENE REDUCTION

Plastic /Polystyrene is extremely harmful as it is non- biodegradable, when thrown on land it makes the soil less fertile. When thrown into water it chokes our ponds, rivers and oceans causing extensive harm to our sea-life and eco system

We want to pursue the following as a matter of urgency:

  1. Educate all devotees on the importance of reducing the use of Single-Use Plastic and the use of Plastic Straws, polystyrene, etc
  2. Educate communities along the Rivers on the ill effects/damage caused by Plastic/Polystyrene to the environment.
  3. Every centre to avoid use of plastic/polystyrene for feeding etc during functions and celebrations and is therefore encouraged to find alternatives 

TYPE OF SEVA/ACTIVITY

RESPONSIBLE

WHEN/DATE

WHERE

HOW

1.PLASTIC/POLYSTYRENE REDUCTION

2.BEACH /RIVER CLEAN-UP

DEVOTEE

Daily

Home or suitable area in community

Reduce use of single -use -plastic bags and Polystyrene packaging and plastic straws etc

CENTRE

All Centre Activities, Functions, Celebrations

Everywhere

Avoid use of plastic/ Polystyrene eg. Feeding, etc

Seva Coordinator to find alternatives

COMMUNITY

Beach /River Clean-up

15 September 2019 (International beach cleanup day)

Assess Areas of Need- Access, safety etc

Carry out survey of areas not serviced by Municipality

Usually areas of beach with no direct public access

 

PROJECT 3 - WASTE MANAGEMENT

We live in a very wasteful society, we think nothing of throwing away perfectly good food, clothes, toys and just things that we no longer like. The amount of landfill in recent years has grown beyond recognition. Yet it need not to be this way. There are the 5 R’s of waste management and we should be questioning everything that we are getting rid of, and also buying, using these principles.

The 5 R’s are Refuse Reduce Reuse Repurpose Recycle and if we take this approach we will see a reduction in waste.

We want to pursue the following as a matter of urgency:

  1. Educate all devotees on the importance of the 5Rs of Waste Management
  2. Educate communities on the importance of Waste Management and provide accessible Recycling stations.
  3. Every centre to create and co ordinate recycling stations
  4. Educate devotees and communities on recycling and cod, via walk for values, talks, videos and study circles

 

TYPE OF SEVA/ACTIVITY

RESPONSIBLE

WHEN/DATE

WHAT

HOW

1.REFUSE

DEVOTEE

Daily

Straws, Single-use plastic

COD, Use own fabric bags, Paper/stainless steel straws etc

CENTRE

All Centre Activities, Functions, Celebrations

Polystyrene / plastic Containers,

Seva Coordinator to find alternatives – cardboard containers, paper plates, metal containers etc

COMMUNITY

 

Educate/Create awareness

Walk For Values,

Talks, Videos etc

 

TYPE OF SEVA/ACTIVITY

RESPONSIBLE

WHEN/DATE

WHAT

HOW

1.REDUCE

DEVOTEE

Daily

Straws, Single-use plastic

COD, Use own fabric bags, Paper/stainless steel straws etc

CENTRE

All Centre Activities, Functions, Celebrations

Polystyrene / plastic Containers,

Seva Coordinator to find alternatives – cardboard containers, paper plates, metal containers etc

COMMUNITY

 

Educate/Create awareness

Walk For Values,

Talks, Videos etc

 

TYPE OF SEVA/ACTIVITY

RESPONSIBLE

WHEN/DATE

WHAT

HOW

1.RECYCLE

2. E WASTE

DEVOTEE

Daily

Plastic, cardboard, glass, paper, metals, mobile phones, chargers etc

Separate refuse into different bins

SSIO Global mobile recycling project

CENTRE

All Centre Activities, Functions, Celebrations

Plastic, cardboard, glass, paper, metals, mobile phones, chargers etc

Seva Coordinator to create and co-ordinate Recycling Stations in community

SSIO Global mobile recycling project

COMMUNITY

Daily

Educate/Create awareness

Walk For Values,

Talks, Videos etc

 

 

TYPE OF SEVA/ACTIVITY

 

RESPONSIBLE

 

WHEN/DATE

 

WHAT

 

WHERE

 

HOW

1.     ENERGY SAVING

2.     WATER HAVESTING

DEVOTEE

Daily

Electricity

Water

Electronic devices

Etc

Home

*Use energy saving ways to reduce electricity

*Use water saving tips eg Install water harvesting tanks etc

*Reduce usage of mobile phones etc

CENTRE

Daily

All Centre Activities, Functions, Celebrations

Electricity

Water

Etc

Centre

All seva activities

*Use energy saving ways to reduce electricity

*Use water saving tips eg install water harvesting tanks etc

*Reduce usage of mobile phones etc

COMMUNITIES

Daily

Educate/Create awareness

All community projects

Walk for values, Talks, Videos etc

 

AS DEVOTEES OF BHAGAWAN SRI SATHYA SAI BABA, LET OUR ACTIONS BE SO LOUD THAT THOSE AROUND WONT BE ABLE TO HEAR WHAT WE ARE SAYING

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"The main objective of the Sathya Sai Organization ... is to help you recognize the divinity inherent in you. So, your duty is to emphasize the One, to experience the One in all you do or speak. Do not give importance to differences of religion, sect, status, or color. Have the feeling of one-ness permeate all your acts. Only those who do so have a place in this Organization; the rest can withdraw."

January 6, 1975

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