21st IEF International Conference

Submitted by admin on 13. January 2017 - 23:29
2017 April 14-17
de Poort, The Netherlands

IEF International Conference, de Poort, The Netherlands, 14-17 April 2017

For its 21st International Conference, the IEF Governing Board has decided to partner with the Justice Conference in de Poort, the Netherlands, on 14-17 April 2017, over the Easter weekend. The theme of the Justice Conference is "From Disintegration to Integration: navigating the forces of our time". The conference will start at 15:00 on Friday 14 April, and end at noon on Monday 17 April.

Book review: Journey to Earthland: The Great Transition to Planetary Civilization

Submitted by Arthur Dahl on 14. January 2017 - 18:38

Journey to Earthland: The Great Transition to Planetary Civilization

by Paul Raskin
Boston: Tellus Institute, 2016. 127 p.
free download at http://www.tellus.org/tellus/publication/journey-to-earthland

Book review by Arthur Dahl

On-line course on Agriculture

Submitted by admin on 13. December 2016 - 12:15

Baha'i Perspectives on Agriculture and Food
Watch the Video

The Bahá'í writings describe agriculture as a "a vital and important matter" foremost among the principles for "the advancement of mankind and the reconstruction of the world", but current agricultural policy prioritizes yield and profit over health and sustainability, the poor suffer, and climate change threatens the food supply.

IEF web site has migrated

The International Environment Forum website has just migrated to the latest version of the Drupal content management system. Some things could not be migrated, such as comments, and blogs were manually transferred with new dates. Most of the site will still be familiar, and new features will be added gradually as the technology permits. We have also installed an SSL certificate for greater security, so you should update your links with https: https://www.iefworld.org/ and https://iefworld.org. Please let us know if you find any problems, and thank you for your patience.

Corruption, Morality and Religion

Submitted by Arthur Dahl on 18. November 2016 - 17:51

Corruption, morality and religion

Arthur Lyon Dahl
International Environment Forum

The world is becoming a more dangerous place, with a loss of shared values, the rise of unpredictable leaders, the increasing concentration of wealth and power, the rejection of science, logic, expertise and even truth, increasing xenophobia and polarization, a disregard for the needs and desires of the young and of future generations, the headlong destruction of environmental resources and life-support systems, the destabilization of the climate, and a debt-driven economic and financial system raping the planet for short-term profit. These contrary winds are sweeping away many hopeful signs of progress from the past, and seem to be leading us to a catastrophe of multiple dimensions and unimaginable consequences. The parallel with the 1930s is frightening.

Ultrasociety (book review)

Submitted by Arthur Dahl on 13. November 2016 - 19:24

Ultrasociety (book review)

Peter Turchin. 2016. Ultrasociety: how 10,000 years of war made humans the greatest cooperators on earth. Chaplin, Connecticut: Beresta Books. 266 p.

Book review by Arthur Lyon Dahl, International Environment Forum

Peter Turchin continues his scientific exploration of history and the rise and fall of civilizations in his new book: Ultrasociety. I have previously reviewed his 2006 book War and Peace and War and his significant paper published in Nature in 2010 Political instability may be a contributor in the coming decade which warned of the kind of problems we see emerging in many countries today and which predicted a major crisis by 2020.

ECPD Conference on Globalization and Regionalization

Submitted by admin on 3. November 2016 - 22:37

ECPD Conference on Globalization and Regionalization

The European Center for Peace and Development of the University for Peace established by the United Nations, held its 12th ECPD International Conference at the City Hall in Belgrade, Serbia, 28-29 October 2016. IEF President Arthur Dahl has collaborated with EPCD for nine years., contributing to their annual conferences in the Western Balkans.

UNEP Executive Director speaks at Baha'i House of Worship in India

Submitted by admin on 30. September 2016 - 12:37


Erik Solheim, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Prorogramme (UNEP), spoke on "Faith and Environment" at the Baha'i House of Worship (Lotus Temple) in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday 5 October 2016, with more than hundred people attending from the diplomatic corps, representatives of civil society groups and faith-based organizations, academics, students and journalists.

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