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Shantivan , Abu Road : 15th Edition of Local Conference Of Youth India on Climate Change and Sustainable Lifestyle.

The world leaders have been discussing environment crisis and negotiating climate change for 24 years, yet the speed with which we drive towards our own destruction is breath-taking. The young people, as Global citizens are becoming increasingly aware that they are born into a world in crisis and they need to do something about it.

With this in mind, Brahma Kumaris hosted 15th Edition of LCOY at our International HeadQuarters in Shantivan, Abu Road, Rajasthan from 2nd to 4th Nov., 2019, to enhance the youth’s understanding on climate change and sustainable lifestyle. LCOY-India is an annual event officially recognised by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its official youth-constituency called YOUNGO. LCOY India.

The event kicked off with an opening ceremony at Training Centre on November 2nd in the presence of eminent guests which included Mr. Prabhjot Sodhi, Sr. Coordinator, UNDP India and Mr. Akash Vashishtha, Advocate, Supreme Court of India & Secretary of the Society for the Protection of Environment and Biodiversity and the following two days more than 15 workshops were held to reflect a process of inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue. Talanoa dialogue sessions also took place which enabled the participants to share stories, build empathy and to make wise decisions for the collective good.

The key themes at the heart of our event were:

Communicating Climate Action & Challenges
Climate Justice & Peace
History and science of climate change
Compassionate Living
Indigenous Sustainable Lifestyle
Solid & Liquid Resource Management
Zero Waste Conscious Living
Indian Heritage Art and others
This conference brought together 200 young people (age between 16 and 35 years) from across India to meet, learn from, and enter into dialogue with one another. Moreover, in different workshops covering about 15 different themes, people got the chance to learn about different facets of climate change. At the LCOY, people understood that isolated actions are not sufficient and that only by creating a web of actions can we achieve the necessary impact.

Informative sessions were conducted on Sustainable Yogic Agriculture by BK Sumanth and Climate and Consciousness by BK Aneta Behn where the environmental initiatives of Brahma Kumaris were discussed with the audience.

The participants also took a tour of India One Solar Plant and Tapovan as a part of BK Eco Initiatives and Environmental Awareness.

Special class by Rajyogi BK Suraj Bhai and Meditation Sessions by Bro. David and Desert Rose Group were held to heal the planet and create fresh awareness of interconnectedness with the world around us.

The whole Conference successfully concluded on 4th November, with the participants understanding the need to consciously adopt environment friendly practices and work together in creating a safer and healthy planet. The climax of the conference was the creation of a policy proposal which will be fed into the global Conference of Youth (COY). From the COY will come a synthesised policy report from all grassroots youth across the world who participated in LCOYs and will be fed directly into the Conference of the Parties (COP) – the largest international climate change conference. This is a unique way to have your voice heard on a global platform.

Link of photos of the event:

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Source: BK Global News Feed

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