Go Green Conference 2018 – Highlights of Day 2
The second day of the Go Green Conference, 26th July 2018, began with an early morning Nature Walk for approximately 200 participants. The programme in the Sai Kulwant Hall commenced later with a talk by Mr. Manfred K. Müller-Gransee, founder of a recycling company for digital waste. He advised delegates to reflect on what they can do in their personal lives and to know what action they can take in the future.
The second speaker, Mr. Nimish Pandya, All India President of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation (SSSSO) of India, presented the environmental projects being implemented. He pointed out that external pollution reflects the pollution in our mind. He reminded delegates that their conscience should guide them to reduce excessive consumption.
Ms. Shruthi Vijayakumar, a dedicated Sathya Sai Young Adult and member of the Environmental Committee, shared her experience. In an inspiring talk, she urged her peers to be brave and to take the extra steps in their daily lives to make a difference.
The morning programme in the Poornachandra Auditorium began with a passionate talk by Dr. Amey Deshpande, who spoke of the ‘attitude of gratitude’ in every action. He discussed how Sathya Sai Baba lived, using minimal resources.
The next speaker, Sri R. J. Rathnakar, Trustee of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust (SSSCT), explained how the Earth is a gift of God and how the SSSCT has been implementing green initiatives for many years, including the most recent solar power projects. He urged delegates to ‘Go Green, Go Divine’.
Following this, four concurrent workshops took place on the topics of Service, Spirituality, Education and Sathya Sai Centre Operations to identify means of developing better understanding and practices in environmental conservation.
After lunch, a series of workshops on Public Outreach activities were held.
The afternoon session continued with the launch of the Mobile Phone Recycling Project, an initiative of the Young Adults.
Thereafter, Dr. Art-Ong Jumsai, Director of the Sathya Sai School of Thailand, talked about the school’s organic food and solar project, and the production of bio-diesel from used vegetable oil.
The last speaker, Mr. Shaun Brown from Australia said information must lead to transformation and that we should reassess our desires and habits, and practice the ceiling on desires programme, which is based on the five universal human values and selfless love.
At the concluding session in Sai Kulwant Hall, Mr. Dhipesh Pai, a young adult, presented the Go Green initiatives of the SSIO, around the world. Ms. Selene Ricart then presented eight resolutions from the conference, for future implementation.
This proceedings concluded with a musical drama by the Sathya Sai Young Adults and its Love All, Serve All (LASA) music team, which offered vibrant values-based songs composed by the young adults.
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