‘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’ events are organised in partnership, UNEP’s ‘Faith for Earth’ Initiative. M4E events are focused on how people of all faiths and the scientific community can come together and use these methods to create a direct impact on protecting our Mother Earth. M4E will develop a strategic campaign using social and other media, to disseminate the vision and philosophy of this ‘movement’ 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 Faith for Earth at the UNEA 5.2, Stockholm +50, UNGA 2022 and COP 27.
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 onsite and online mindfulness-based programmes for children, young people and adults. Founded by Dr. Kumanga Andrahennadi, CALM pioneers delivering the unique ecological contemplative framework, the ‘Advanced Mindfulness-Based Practices’ (AMBP) Programme, 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 AMBP courses and workshops to thousands of students, government and private sector employees, including to over 250 Police Officers and Staff in the U.K. Through its AMBP programme, CALM champions in harnessing the human-mind and earth-connection, and addresses the direct link between mindfulness and sustainability towards achieving a healthy mind and healthy planet.
Mindful Educators Sri Lanka (www.mindfuleducators.lk)
Mindful Educators aims to encourage and support educators to introduce the practice of mindfulness, and to share mindfulness-based-initiatives for promoting values, ethics and respectful behavior inside classrooms, schools and universities. The Co-Founder of Mindful Educators Sri Lanka is Dr. Tara De Mel, a Medical Doctor, university academic, former Advisor for President of Sri Lanka and former Secretary Ministry of Education. Currently, Tara is a member of Worldwide Commission to Educate All Kids Post Pandemic, Associate – Nissaranavanaya Meditation Monastery and Education Forum Sri Lanka (www.educationforum.lk).