International Environment Forum - A Bahá'í inspired organization for environment and sustainability http://iefworld.org/rss.xml en Leaves - April IEF newsletter is available http://iefworld.org/node/255 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Leaves - April IEF newsletter is available</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">25. April 2017 - 18:59</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Read on line: <a href="https://iefworld.org/newslt94"><strong><em>Leaves</em></strong> 19(4) April 2017</a> light text version with fewer illustrations.<br /> Download as a <a href="https://iefworld.org/fl/IEF_Leaves170415.pdf">pdf version</a> [1.1 mb].</p> <table background="/gr/BLEAF1.JPG" style="background-color: rgb(0, 153, 0); width: 100%; height: 55px; text-align: left; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"> <tbody> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:59:51 +0000 admin 255 at http://iefworld.org 21st IEF International Conference http://iefworld.org/conf21 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">21st IEF International Conference</span> <div class="field field--name-field-dates field--type-string-long field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Dates</div> <div class="field__item">2017 April 14-17</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-place field--type-string-long field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Place</div> <div class="field__item">de Poort, The Netherlands</div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">19. April 2017 - 16:29</span> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:29:46 +0000 admin 859 at http://iefworld.org Online Interfaith Course on Climate Change http://iefworld.org/node/873 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Online Interfaith Course on Climate Change</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">28. March 2017 - 23:30</span> <div class="field field--name-subjects field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/9" hreflang="en">Climate change</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>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.<br /> <br /> The course covers the basic science of climate change and provides an understanding of how climate disruption impacts us today and will continue to affect us in the future. Course participants will explore ethical questions related to climate change and address them in the context of the spiritual teachings of the world’s religions, especially those of the Baha’i Faith.<br /> <br /> The course helps participants to consider changes in lifestyle and community action for environmental and social responsibility. It shows how to rise above partisan politics and to use both science and religion for the well-being of humankind. There are numerous optional resources for those who want to go more deeply into the issues. People of all religious background are welcome to participate.<br /> <br /> For more information and to register, go here:<br /> <a href="http://www.cvent.com/events/climate-change/event-summary-5b4d4afa7ca14bb3af3b4043a2319422.aspx">http://www.cvent.com/events/climate-change/event-summary-5b4d4afa7ca14bb3af3b4043a2319422.aspx</a></p> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:30:44 +0000 admin 873 at http://iefworld.org Social Conditions and Economics http://iefworld.org/node/871 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Social Conditions and Economics</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Arthur Dahl</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">13. March 2017 - 15:01</span> <div class="field field--name-subjects field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/46" hreflang="en">Economics</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div style="text-align: center;"> <p style="font-weight: bold; font-size: large; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">Social Conditions and Economics</p> <p>A summary and commentary by Arthur Lyon Dahl<br /> on the Message of 1 March 2017 from the Universal House of Justice</p> </div> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <p>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.</p> <!--break--> <p>The first theme is a diagnosis of the illnesses represented by the social conditions of so many people, blighted by inequity, discrimination and exploitation, leading to the prolonged suffering of so many, with economic impacts from deep-seated, structural defects in society.</p> <p>The message goes on: “The welfare of any segment of humanity is inextricably bound up with the welfare of the whole. Humanity's collective life suffers when any one group thinks of its own well-being in isolation from that of its neighbours' or pursues economic gain without regard for how the natural environment, which provides sustenance for all, is affected. A stubborn obstruction, then, stands in the way of meaningful social progress: time and again, avarice and self-interest prevail at the expense of the common good. Unconscionable quantities of wealth are being amassed, and the instability this creates is made worse by how income and opportunity are spread so unevenly both between nations and within nations. But it need not be so…. There is no justification for continuing to perpetuate structures, rules, and systems that manifestly fail to serve the interests of all peoples.”</p> <p style="font-weight: bold; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">The forces of materialism</p> <p>It is the prevailing modes of thought, reflecting the forces of materialism, that are at fault. These include the common assumptions that happiness comes from constant acquisition, the more one has the better, and that worry for the environment is for another day. These seductive messages fuel an increasingly entrenched sense of personal entitlement, which uses the language of justice and rights to disguise self-interest. Indifference to the hardship experienced by others becomes commonplace, and entertainment and distracting amusements are voraciously consumed.</p> <p>The enervating influence of materialism seeps into every culture. Unless you strive to remain conscious of its effects, you may to one degree or another unwittingly adopt its ways of seeing the world. The message warns that even very young children absorb the norms of their surroundings. For junior youth, the call of materialism grows more insistent. Adulthood brings a responsibility not to allow worldly pursuits to blind one's eyes to injustice and privation. We need to see past the illusions that, at every stage of life, the world uses to pull attention away from service and towards the self, and manage our material affairs in keeping with the divine teachings.</p> <p>The extremes of wealth and poverty in the world are becoming ever more untenable, deepening the fractures that affect societies large and small.</p> <p style="font-weight: bold; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">The moral dimension</p> <p>There is an inherent moral dimension to the generation, distribution, and utilization of wealth and resources. The vision of Baha'u'llah challenges the materialistic assumptions that self-interest, far from needing to be restrained, drives prosperity, that progress depends upon its expression through relentless competition, and that the worth of an individual depends chiefly on how much one can accumulate and how many goods one can consume relative to others. The message insists that wealth must serve humanity and be used in accordance with spiritual principles. "No light can compare with the light of justice. The establishment of order in the world and the tranquillity of the nations depend upon it." (Baha’u’llah)</p> <p style="font-weight: bold; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">The reorganization of human society</p> <p>The only solution is the reorganisation of human society, starting with the individual. Collective prosperity can be advanced through justice and generosity, collaboration and mutual assistance. Every choice one makes—as employee or employer, producer or consumer, borrower or lender, benefactor or beneficiary—leaves a trace, and the moral duty to lead a coherent life demands that one's economic decisions be in accordance with lofty ideals, that the purity of one's aims be matched by the purity of one's actions to fulfil those aims. We can all make our own individual and collective contributions to economic justice and social progress wherever we reside. Every local community has the responsibility to find ways of addressing the root causes of the poverty in its surroundings.</p> <p style="font-weight: bold; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">The spiritual reality of man</p> <p>At the most fundamental level, the message reaffirms the spiritual reality of humanity, and the nobility inherent to every human being.</p> <p>Economic life is an arena for the expression of honesty, integrity, trustworthiness, generosity, and other qualities of the spirit. The individual is not merely a self-interested economic unit. striving to claim an ever-greater share of the world's material resources. The message quotes Baha'u'llah: "Man's merit lieth in service and virtue, and not in the pageantry of wealth and riches." "Dissipate not the wealth of your precious lives in the pursuit of evil and corrupt affection, nor let your endeavours be spent in promoting your personal interest." By consecrating oneself to the service of others, one finds meaning and purpose in life and contributes to the upliftment of society itself. Contentment and moderation, benevolence and fellow feeling, sacrifice and reliance on the Almighty are qualities that befit the God-fearing soul.</p> <p style="font-weight: bold; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">The higher purpose of economic activity</p> <p>The message concludes by emphasizing the higher purpose of economic activities, that ordinary economic activities have the potential to add to human welfare and prosperity. It quotes the son of the founder of the Bahá’í Faith, ‘Abdu’l-Baha: "Every person must have an occupation, a trade or a craft, so that he may carry other people's burdens, and not himself be a burden to others." "Wealth is praiseworthy in the highest degree, if it is acquired by an individual's own efforts… in commerce, agriculture, art and industry, and if it be expended for philanthropic purposes." “Wealth is most commendable provided the entire population is wealthy."</p> <p>While the focus of the message is on economic activity and the tribulations that a conflicted world must confront in the future, it is significant from an IEF perspective that it emphasises the suffering that comes from pursuing economic gain without regard for how the natural environment, which provides sustenance for all, is affected, or from the thinking that worry for the environment is for another day. Only a transformation of the economic system will remove the pressures so destructive to the environment today.</p> <hr /> <p>For more extensive excerpts from the message, go to <a href="https://iefworld.org/uhj_econ">Social Conditions and Economics</a> on the statements page of the IEF web site</p> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="66" src="http://iefworld.org/gr/IEFlogo5.gif" width="142" /></p> <p><small>Last updated 13 March 2017</small></p> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:01:22 +0000 Arthur Dahl 871 at http://iefworld.org "The Story of Stuff" for Baha'i Youth http://iefworld.org/node/869 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">&quot;The Story of Stuff&quot; for Baha&#039;i Youth</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1386" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Christine Muller</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">9. March 2017 - 21:16</span> <div class="field field--name-subjects field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/97" hreflang="en">Environmental Education</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/155" hreflang="en">Junior Youth</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/26" hreflang="en">Consumption</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div style="text-align: center;"> <p style="font-weight: bold; font-size: large; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);"><i>The Story of Stuff</i> for Baha'i Youth</p> <p>from Christine Muller</p> </div> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <p>We are excited to share with you new study materials for Baha'i Junior Youth on the popular video <a href="http://storyofstuff.org/movies/story-of-stuff/">The Story of Stuff.</a></p> <!--break--> <p>This six session course is a grassroots effort to provide supplemental materials to the Ruhi Junior Youth Empowerment Program addressing the specific needs of youth in the industrialized world. There is a tremendous need to help our youth cope with a culture of consumerism and to help them grow up to be responsible world citizens. The course assists young people to see the reality of the world we live in, reveals to them some of the many injustices underlying the old world order, and encourages them to respond in a spiritual way, to live with ethical principles, and to serve the common good.</p> <p>This link will bring you to all the materials of the course, the Introduction and the Lesson Plans for Sessions 1 to 6: <a href="https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BwY9hsngOdVGZnZpZFdGZmp1Vk0?usp=sharing">https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BwY9hsngOdVGZnZpZFdGZmp1Vk0?usp…</a></p> <p>The topics discussed in the course are tangible examples of exactly those issues raised by the Universal House of Justice in its <a href="https://app.box.com/s/17h33xnfri9ok2friqvokgur7tue8xp6">Comments on the Path of Economic Well-being</a> (1 March 2017). The Story of Stuff illustrates how our world is interconnected and sheds light on “the social conditions of every people” and “their circumstances”. The House reminds us to exemplify spiritual qualities such as contentment and moderation and then continues:</p> <p>The forces of materialism promote a quite contrary line of thinking: that happiness comes from constant acquisition, that the more one has the better, that worry for the environment is for another day. These seductive messages fuel an increasingly entrenched sense of personal entitlement, which uses the language of justice and rights to disguise selfinterest. Indifference to the hardship experienced by others becomes commonplace while entertainment and distracting amusements are voraciously consumed. The enervating influence of materialism seeps into every culture, and all Baha'is recognize that, unless they strive to remain conscious of its effects, they may to one degree or another unwittingly adopt its ways of seeing the world.</p> <p>The course materials aim to help youth to understand and put in practice the guidance of the Universal House of Justice.</p> <p>The Baha'i version of the course is based on the original <a href="http://storyofstuff.org/resources/">Christian and Jewish</a> editions. In addition to presenting the Baha'i perspectives, we have also made an effort to make the materials more user friendly.</p> <p>While the course lays out the Baha'i perspectives on the issue, it is interfaith in spirit and therefore lends itself especially well to be used with your wider community of interest.</p> <p>This is the first edition of the course. We are asking you to help spread the word about it. When you use it, please, provide us with feedback. What worked and what didn't? How would you like to see the course improved? We invite feedback from youth, facilitators, youth animators, parents, teachers, and others by the end of July 2017. We will then review and improve the course and send it to the people of the Story of Stuff website where it will be published and accessible to everyone. Once published on their website along the Christian and Jewish versions, we hope that the course will also contribute to meaningful public discourse.</p> <p>Feel free to contact us for any questions that may arise or if you need assistance with the course at <a href="mailto:BahaiStoryofStuff@gmail.com">BahaiStoryofStuff@gmail.com</a>. We are looking forward to your feedback and hope that many young people will enjoy the course.</p> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="66" src="http://iefworld.org/gr/IEFlogo5.gif" width="142" /></p> <p><small>Last updated 9 March 2017</small></p> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 19:16:59 +0000 Christine Muller 869 at http://iefworld.org Environmental fasting http://iefworld.org/node/868 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Environmental fasting</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/148" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Charles</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">7. March 2017 - 13:25</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>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).</p> <p>Each year, my wife and I also undertake elements of environmental fasting: we use the same daily mechanism of reminder to reduce our power and water consumption, minimising waste and unnecessary packaging, eating food produced as locally as possible and using public transport where possible.  We minimise our shopping and seek to use up what we have in the house playing "pantry bingo" - creating recipes from whatever comes to hand.</p> <p>Thus we might become better aware of both our spiritual and environmental habits, and can make appropriate adjustments.  </p> <p>We also then come to appreciate the advantages we have by way of running water and sanitation, heating and lighting, food security and accessibility which serves to strengthen a willingness to respond to the needs of those without as well as the impact we have on the planet thus making it a spiritually meaningful and environmentally beneficient time.</p> <p> </p></div> <section class="field field--name-field-blog-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Tue, 07 Mar 2017 11:25:51 +0000 Charles 868 at http://iefworld.org Book review: The Myth Gap: What Happens When Evidence and Arguments Aren't Enough? http://iefworld.org/node/866 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Book review: The Myth Gap: What Happens When Evidence and Arguments Aren&#039;t Enough?</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Arthur Dahl</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">12. February 2017 - 0:25</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div style="text-align: center;"> <p style="font-weight: bold; font-size: large; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">The Myth Gap: What Happens When Evidence and Arguments Aren't Enough?</p> <p>by Alex Evans. London: Eden Project Books, Transworld (Penguin), 2017. 152 p.</p> <p>Book review by Arthur Lyon Dahl</p> </div> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <p>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.</p> <!--break--> <p>Evans' thesis is that stories, particularly myths with deep symbolic meaning, are necessary to go beyond an intellectual understanding to a change in heart. Using climate change as the example with which he as worked most closely, he describes the shift in strategy after the failure of the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, when the climate movement went from science to activism, building a mass movement by telling a terrific story. He draws on George Marshall's excellent book "Don't Even Think About It" (<a href="/node/850">reviewed here</a>) about the diversity of approaches used by the anti-science movement of climate skeptics. In particular, enemy narrations only lead to political polarization and people closing themselves in bubbles of confirmation bias.</p> <p>For issues so fundamental, it is necessary to create a mental shift or epiphany that is as much emotional as rational. This was a role of myth, but as religions have taken myths as literal truth and engaged in political activism, people have disengaged from religion, creating a myth gap. Trust has collapsed. We see marketing as myth and shopping as ritual.</p> <p>Those who have warned of scarcity, collapse of civilization and the end of the world have only seen that such warnings are counterproductive, producing competition for resources and fragmentation. Evans' hope is that "our current moment of crisis and transition proves to be the catalyst for powerful renewal and innovation in our core myths." (p. 37) He cites historical examples in China with the rise of Taoism and Confucianism, and with Judaism and Christianity. He notes that history has shown a basic direction towards non-zero-sum cooperation and higher levels of social complexity, with a drift towards interdependence and moral progress, but suggests that we could go either way. Taking a longer view, we need stories about a better life of happiness based on goodness, where personal enjoyment is replaced by service to others and a sense of purpose.</p> <p>Raising a theme dear to the Baha'is, Evans states that humanity is in its teenage years, and we need trial by ordeal to grow as a species. We have repressed our vulnerability and grief. Myth needs to describe reality, deal with despair, and give hope for the future. It should address our guilt with redemption and atonement, including the restoration of our damaged environment.</p> <p>In a globalized society, we need larger, global-scale myths with a longer view of a different good life and a new purpose based on ethical values of justice and care for the creation, recognizing that everything is connected. A significant part of the book is devoted to the myth of the Everlasting Covenant being broken, represented today by the systemic evil in many institutions of society, like fallen angels. He asks how do you mend a broken covenant? His answer is atonement to achieve justice through sacrifice. He cites Gandhi referring to the willing sacrifice of the innocent as the answer to insolent tyranny, as well as Christ and many other examples, with sacrifice of the ego leading to resurrection. The Judaic traditions of sabbath and jubilee not only allowed environmental resources to rest and regenerate, but also emphasized the importance of the alternative good life over materialist productivity. The jubilee every 50 years restored land rights to everyone and erased debts. Restoring the covenant brought the creation back into balance.</p> <p>Myth is fundamentally a guide to behaviour. We need the right kind of myths with a larger perspective and a longer view describing a better good life, processing our grief and guilt, and leading to redemption and environmental restoration. They should encompass new values towards justice and sustainability. All the wisdom traditions, whether religious or philosophical, have had such myths. Today, the myth gap is being filled by efforts like mindfulness, becoming aware of how we interpret the world. There is a need for personal conversations on values, frameworks and stories, going beyond the superficial to share doubts, fears, hurts and vulnerabilities. Only this can lead to authenticity, learning to listen to others, and true dialogue. Unfortunately, the reliance on new technologies is reducing group participation.</p> <p>Evans suggests starting with religion as the remaining domain with significant group participation. The Pope's Encyclical "Laudato Si" (<a href="/node/853">reviewed here</a>) helped to support the positive outcome at the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) in 2015. He calls for a dialogue within and between religions. For the Millennials, other kinds of communities are forming, and are exploring scenarios of possible futures. With the new technologies, we may be able to create new myths of a future of redemption and restoration. The nations have already agreed on the framework for that vision in the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Evans concludes with the hope that the disasters that seem inevitably to lie ahead will produce the spirit of solidarity and connectedness necessary to achieve that vision.</p> <p>There is so much in this book that resonates with a Bahá'í perspective on the world, the trials it must go through to purge itself of a materialistic civilization, and the vision of the just and sustainable world that can emerge in the decades and centuries ahead. The Bahá'í Faith could itself be the extended myth that Evans is calling for, restoring the Eternal Covenant and enabling the epiphany in each person who is ready to set his or her steps on a path of sacrifice and service. Its embrace of the two complementary knowledge systems of science and religion corresponds to Evans' vision. He provides many useful suggestions for the stories we should be telling to touch the hearts and minds of those who are troubled by the present state of the world and need inspiring visions of the future to help them find a way forward.</p> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="66" src="http://iefworld.org/gr/IEFlogo5.gif" width="142" /></p> <p><small>Last updated 11 February 2017</small></p> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-blog-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Sat, 11 Feb 2017 22:25:26 +0000 Arthur Dahl 866 at http://iefworld.org Waste management in Colombia http://iefworld.org/elccolombia <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Waste management in Colombia</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">11. February 2017 - 16:30</span> Sat, 11 Feb 2017 14:30:12 +0000 admin 865 at http://iefworld.org Why should the UN and in particular UN Environment Engage More with Faith-based Organizations? http://iefworld.org/node/864 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Why should the UN and in particular UN Environment Engage More with Faith-based Organizations?</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Arthur Dahl</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">4. February 2017 - 0:46</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>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 "<strong><em>Why should the UN and in particular UN Environment Engage More with Faith-based Organizations</em></strong>?". This has now been published as No. 23 in the series and is available at&nbsp;<span class="text-info"><a href="http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11822/14497">http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11822/14497</a></span> or <a href="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. PERSPECTIVES is coordinated by UN Environment’s Major Groups and Stakeholders Branch. IEF President Arthur Dahl was invited to prepare a Perspective on &quot;Why should the UN and in particular UN Environment Engage More with Faith-based Organizations&quot;. This has now been published as No. 23 in the series and is now available at http://wedocs.unep.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11822/14497/PERSPECTIVE%2023%20002.pdf.">http://wedocs.unep.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11822/14497/PERSPECTIVE%2023%20002.pdf</a>, or read the text <a href="/ddahl17a">on line</a>. PERSPECTIVES is coordinated by UN Environment’s Major Groups and Stakeholders Branch.</p> <!--break--></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 22:46:19 +0000 Arthur Dahl 864 at http://iefworld.org From Deficit to Abundance: Seeing Capacity for Meaningful Contribution in all Populations and People http://iefworld.org/bic_capacity <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">From Deficit to Abundance: Seeing Capacity for Meaningful Contribution in all Populations and People</span> <div class="field field--name-field-year field--type-integer field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Year</div> <div class="field__item">2017</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-event field--type-string-long field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Event</div> <div class="field__item">55th Session of the Commission for Social Development, United Nations, 25 January 2017</div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-publ field--type-text-long field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Publication</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><p><a href="https://www.bic.org/statements/deficit-abundance-seeing-capacity-meaningful-contribution-all-populations-and-people">https://www.bic.org/statements/deficit-abundance-seeing-capacity-meaningful-contribution-all-populations-and-people</a></p></div> </div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">29. January 2017 - 19:42</span> Sun, 29 Jan 2017 17:42:01 +0000 admin 862 at http://iefworld.org