Sustainable Development and the Prosperity of Humankind
1 September - 19 October 2018
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FACULTY: Arthur Lyon Dahl, Christine Muller, Laurent Mesbah
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Are you troubled by the poverty and suffering of people at home and abroad, concerned about the future of your children, and worried about the destruction of the environment on which their lives depend? These are the challenges of sustainable development, requiring a fundamental transformation in the economic, social, and environmental actions of our lives and society. In Sustainable Development and the Prosperity of Humankind we will explore the profound implications of the Bahá’í teachings for sustainability and the scientific and spiritual principles that can ensure the future prosperity of humankind. We will explore how carrying “forward an ever-advancing civilization” is conditioned on respecting the human rights of all people as well as planetary limits. We will learn to see the Bahá’í core activities in a new light and to infuse them with deeper meaning.
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