Introduction

Serve The Planet 2017

Serve The Planet" (STP) is a young adults (youth) led initiative that was launched in October 2013, as a global public outreach service project of the Sathya Sai International Organisation (SSIO).

The theme for this year is 'Protect the Planet', with a special focus on Ceiling on Desires - to reduce, reuse and recycle. We aim to reduce our desires and our consumption as the key means to protect our environment, and to live a happier life.

“In order to protect Nature, man has to practice a ceiling on desires. He should not trigger the negative aspect of Nature. Care should be exercised in providing comforts as excessive comforts may spoil man’s mind and cause misery instead of happiness. Nothing good can be achieved without certain restraints.” (Sathya Sai Baba, Madras, Jan 21, 1993)

Serve the Planet will be launched in 3 Phases:

Phase 1. Reduction of plastic use
Phase 2. Reduction of water use
Phase 3. Reduction of food waste

Please see the short official Serve the Planet Launch video to find out about this years theme:

For each Phase there will be:
1. Tips on how to reduce use of plastics/water/food, or recycle these items at home and in our Centres
2. A study circle that each Centre can use to reflect on their experiences
3. A chance to share your experience of Serve the Planet, along with devotees from around the world, via video or written testimonials

Environmental Service Project (Envirocare)
With the Grace of Swami, all Regions of the UK actively participate in many Envirocare service projects with members of our local communities and local Organisations. Protect the Planet is a wonderful opportunity to build on and expand on these projects so we may continue to come together as an Organisation and with the community, in the spirit of service to the environment.

Over the past 4 years, Serve the Planet has been the catalyst for building lasting relationships with National Charities in the UK such as the Trussel Trust Food Bank, Refuge UK and the RSPCA which has opened up new areas for service. For this year’s theme of ‘Protect the Planet’, we will again link with a National Charity in the spirit of Envirocare.

More information on Envirocare projects taking place in each Region can be found here.

SSE Ceiling on Desires International Poster and Essay challenge
An International SSE Poster and Essay Competition will launch on the auspicious occasion of Guru Poornima Day, with a finale on Avatar Declaration Day on 20th October, which is also the finale for Serve the Planet. Our SSE children are encouraged to participate in each aspect of Serve the Planet and express their experiences as a poster or essay. The Young Adult and SSE Wing will give more information on this shortly.

More information on the SSE Poster and Essay Challenge can be found here.

Phase 1 Plastic Reduction tips and study circle material, and how each Region are participating in this phase, can be found here.

Phase 2 Water Reduction tips and study circle material, and how each Region are participating in this phase, can be found here.

For more information on Serve the Planet, please contact your Young Adult Coordinator, or Service Coordinator.

Jai Sai Ram

UK STP Team