IEF actively involved in UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December
As mentioned in the August newsletter, the International Environment Forum proposed four events for the Climate Generations area for civil society at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) at Le Bourget in Paris on 30 November-11 December 2015. Three of those have now been accepted by the conference secretariat. The speakers for these events are still trying to organize their travel and subject to change. Other IEF members may also join the team in Paris. The events are as follows:
Climate change threatens global financial crisis
By Paul Brown, Climate News Network
In a world where everything is interrelated, climate change is threatening more than just the environment. The world’s most influential banker says an orderly switch from fossil fuels to renewables is needed to avoid turmoil on world stock markets.
Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals
Video of a GEPP Policy Dialogue in Geneva
As part of the celebration of its 20th year, the Wilmette Institute is organizing a year-long series of live web talks featuring some of its faculty. On 6 September 2015, IEF President Arthur Dahl spoke on "Navigating the Storm: The Transition to Sustainability". The pdf version (1.1mb) is now available on the IEF web site, and a video recording can be viewed on the Wilmette Institute youtube page: https://youtu.be/kxULSlF5gSQ.
A new set of study materials on Families as Agents of Change: Collectively Advancing Efforts to Build a Just and Sustainable Society, prepared by Peter Adriance of the U.S. Baha'i Office of Public Affairs (and IEF board member), is now available on the IEF web site.
Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change: A Review
Arthur Lyon Dahl
International Environment Forum
After drafting work by a group of leading academics, and wide circulation for consultation, an Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change was adopted at an international Islamic Climate Change Symposium, held in Istanbul, Turkey, on 17-18 August 2015(1) (see ANNEX). The document is a significant addition to other religious declarations on this critical issue for the future of humanity, alongside those of the Bahá'í International Community's statement in 2008: Seizing the Opportunity: Redefining the Challenge of Climate Change (2) and the Pope's June 2015 encyclical Laudato Si': on care for our common home (3) reviewed on this web site (4), among others.
Consensus reached on new sustainable development agenda
The 193 Member States of the United Nations reached agreement on 2 August on the outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda that will be adopted this September by world leaders at the Sustainable Development Summit in New York.
Les dimensions scientifiques et spirituelles du changement climatique
A French Interfaith Study Course in 5 classes
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