Book review: The Myth Gap: What Happens When Evidence and Arguments Aren't Enough?

Submitted by Arthur Dahl on 12. February 2017 - 0:25

The Myth Gap: What Happens When Evidence and Arguments Aren't Enough?

by Alex Evans. London: Eden Project Books, Transworld (Penguin), 2017. 152 p.

Book review by Arthur Lyon Dahl

In a world in which science and technology built through rational processes have transformed our economy and lifestyle and created wealth unimaginable in the recent past, it is ironic that rational arguments and scientific evidence are not enough to influence political decisions or to change individual behaviour. This book by Alex Evans, former political advisor to the British government and the United Nations, explores why the rational approaches of climate scientists and others addressing the environmental challenges of a society hitting planetary boundaries have failed to produce the necessary change. It has important lessons for anyone working at the science-policy interface or in public education on environmental issues.

Why should the UN and in particular UN Environment Engage More with Faith-based Organizations?

Submitted by Arthur Dahl on 4. February 2017 - 0:46

UN Environment publishes a Perspectives series that presents views from Major Groups and Stakeholders of Civil Society or about issues that are relevant for them. IEF President Arthur Dahl was invited to prepare a Perspective on "Why should the UN and in particular UN Environment Engage More with Faith-based Organizations?". This has now been published as No. 23 in the series and is available at or, or read the text on line. PERSPECTIVES is coordinated by UN Environment’s Major Groups and Stakeholders Branch.

From Deficit to Abundance: Seeing Capacity for Meaningful Contribution in all Populations and People

55th Session of the Commission for Social Development, United Nations, 25 January 2017

From Deficit to Abundance: Seeing Capacity for Meaningful Contribution in all Populations and People

A statement of the Bahá’í International Community to the
55th Session of the Commission for Social Development
United Nations — 25 January 2017

On-line course on Agriculture

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

Baha'i Perspectives on Agriculture and Food
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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: and 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.

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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