How Should Bahá’ís Talk about Climate Change?

Submitted by admin on 3. August 2017 - 23:30

For Baha'is among our members who are interested in discussing climate change without becoming involved in partisan political disputes, IEF member Christine Muller has just published an article for the Wilmette Institute newsletter on "How Should Bahá’ís Talk about Climate Change? Applying Recent Institutional Guidance". The link to the article is http://wilmetteinstitute.org/how-should-bahais-talk-about-climate-change/.

Online Interfaith Course on Climate Change

Submitted by admin on 28. March 2017 - 23:30

The Wilmette Institute will again be offering an 8 week online course on Climate Change starting 15 April 2017. This is the seventh repeat of the course developed by IEF member Christine Muller (Rhode Island, USA), with Arthur Dahl (Geneva, Switzerland) and Laurent Mesbah (Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina) as supporting faculty.

Social Conditions and Economics

Submitted by Arthur Dahl on 13. March 2017 - 15:01

Social Conditions and Economics

A summary and commentary by Arthur Lyon Dahl
on the Message of 1 March 2017 from the Universal House of Justice


A significant new message from the international governing body of the Bahá’í Faith, the Universal House of Justice, dated 1 March 2017, contains many perspectives relevant to the work of the International Environment Forum. The following summary and commentary extract some points that are of general relevance, apart from sections addressed specifically to the Baha’is of the world.

Environmental fasting

Submitted by Charles on 7. March 2017 - 13:25

From 1-19 March is the 19 day period of fasting for the Baha'i community during which we avoid eating and drinking etc. between sunrise and sunset.  The mild discomfort this produces can be thought of as a little companion running alongside you through the day as a reminder to attend to spiritual attitudes and habits and to make the appropriate adjustments (you can't manage what you don't measure).

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.

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