June 21, 2018
In October we held the 5th regional meeting for the Inner Dimensions of Climate Change in partnership with Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association. This time we brought young environmental leaders from throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East region to the beautiful island of Cyprus.
Young people joined from Lebanon, Turkey, Tunisia, Israel, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Palestine, Greece, Qatar, along with ecology activists from the international community. UNDP Regional Hub for Arab States sent their climate specialist Dr. Walid Ali, who is from Yemen. He offered a comprehensive overview of the impacts of climate change in the Middle East.
In the days of discussion young leaders gave country reports, shared best practices and offered mutual support. Talent and skills abounded in this group, which included those active in environmental law, marine biology, solar energy, photo journalism, ecological architecture and construction, protection of coral reefs, turtles and dolphins, peacemaking and tree planting, environmental education, whole systems design and other innovations centered around love for the Earth.
Many friendships were formed as we spent time together reflecting on the spiritual dimensions of the climate/ecological changes underway. We participated in water and fire ceremonies on the beach led by Tiokasin Ghosthorse, in a spirit of gratitude and celebration. All of us left with hope.