‘Mindfulness for Earth’ (M4E) Initiative, Sri Lanka (www.mindfulness4earth.org)
‘Mindfulness for Earth’ recognises the urgent need to tackle and prevent the climate crises through the methods of mindfulness, prayer and spirituality. ‘Mindfulness for Earth’ projects, events and education programmes are organised in partnership, UNEP’s ‘Faith for Earth’ Initiative, Centre for the Advanced Learning of Mindfulness (CALM) and Mindful Educators (please see below). M4E projects and events are focused on the development of human-earth connection incorporating the mindfulness-based methods. M4E will develop a strategic campaigns and projects to disseminate the vision and philosophy of M4E amongst relevant stakeholders. With the aim of highlighting the role of mindfulness in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, M4E will co-host events in partnership with the Office of Global Affairs, University of Connecticut (U.S.A.), Centre for the Advanced Learning of Mindfulness (CALM) and UNEP Faith for Earth Initiative at the UNEA 5.2, Stockholm +50, UNGA 2022 and COP 28.
Global Affairs, University of Connecticut, U.S.A (https://global.uconn.edu/mindfulness-for-earth/)
Mindfulness for Earth in Higher Education Initiative is led by the Office of Global Affairs at the University of Connecticut, U.S.A. Mindfulness for Earth is an international and interdisciplinary collaboration that connects human consciousness and awareness of the present moment with an appreciation of the earth’s ecosystems that we inhabit.
United Nations Environment Programme ‘Faith for Earth’ Initiative, Kenya (https://www.unep.org/about-un-environment/faith-earth-initiative)
‘Faith for Earth’ mission is to encourage, empower and engage with faith-based organizations as partners, at all levels, toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and fulfilling the 2030 Agenda. Spiritual values for more than 80% of the people living on earth have been driving individual behaviors. In many countries, spiritual beliefs and religions are main drivers for cultural values, social inclusion, political engagement, and economic prosperity. Since its resolution in 2008 on the “promotion of interreligious and intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation for peace” the UN General Assembly encouraged the promotion of dialogue among all cultures for promoting interreligious and intercultural dialogue, tolerance and understanding. With this in mind, ‘Faith for Earth’ Initiative’s vision is a world where everything is in balance. ‘Faith for Earth’ is currently nationalizing efforts to engage with faith actors in different countries with the purpose to map religious institutions, conduct capacity building training of faith leaders and launch advocacy campaigns on the role of religion and the environment. The overall objectives are to identify local priorities, establish national networks, increase awareness, and encourage visible actions.
CALM: Centre for the Advanced Learning of Mindfulness, U.K. (www.calmmindfulness.org)
CALM offers specialist onsite and online mindfulness-based programmes for children, young people and adults. Founded by Dr. Kumanga Andrahennadi, CALM pioneers delivering the unique eco-contemplative framework, the ‘Mindfulness for Earth’ (M4E) Programmes, within the public, private and government sectors including to Mental Health, Education, Police Organisations and Private Corporations in the U.K. and internationally. CALM has delivered M4E 4/8-Week Courses and workshops to students, government and private sector employees, including to over 250 Police Officers and Staff in the U.K. Through its ‘Mindfulness for Earth’ programmes, CALM champions in harnessing the human-mind and earth-connection, and addresses the direct links between mental health and climate crises towards achieving a healthy mind and healthy planet.