IEF 11th Annual Conference resources

Submitted by admin on 23. August 2010 - 23:19
12-14 October 2010
Ottawa, Canada


Bahá'í Website Resources

On Environment And Sustainable Development


Bahá’í International Community Statements:

 The Ethical Dimensions of Climate Change: A Perspective from the Bahá'í International Community (2007)


The following statements are all available at the Bahá'í International Community UN Statement Library

U.S. National Spiritual Assembly’s Statement:

Papers and book chapters:

  • “Environmental Ethics: A Bahá’í Perspective,” Suheil Bushrui, (Bahá'í Chair for World Peace, University of Maryland), (2002), a chapter in A Sacred Trust: Ecology and Spiritual Vision, Temenos Academy and the Prince’s Foundation, pp.77-102. The book is reviewed in One Country, Volume 14, Issue 2, July-September 2002, at:

  • “The Challenge of Sustainable Development and Prosperity,” Arthur Dahl (2002), published on the European Bahá'í Business Forum website at:

  • “Promoting a Discourse on Science, Religion, and Development,” by Farzam Arbab (2000), Chapter 6 in The Lab, the Temple and the Market - Reflections on the Intersection of Science, Religion and Development (pp. 149-210, see also Introduction, pp. 1-7 by Arbab), International Development Research Center (Canada) and Kumarian Press (U.S.) The book is reviewed in One Country, Vol. 12, Issue 3 / October-December 2000, at:

  • “Spiritual Foundations for an Ecologically Sustainable Society,” by Robert White (1998). See

  • “Unity in Diversity – A Conceptual Framework for a Global Ethic of Environmental Sustainability”, by Roxanne Lalonde in The Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol. 6, no. 3 (1994) *

Useful Web Sites:

  • The site for the Bahá’í International Community Statement Library contains many of the Baha'i statements issued at the UN:

  • "One Country", the newsletter of the Bahá’í International Community is also an interesting site with many articles on environment and development: or specifically on environment/sustainable development:

  • The Bahá’í World website, with sections on social and economic development and Bahá’í perspectives on current global trends and movements of social change:

  • The International Environment Forum (IEF) is a Bahá’í-inspired organization addressing the environment and sustainable development with more than 130 members residing in 46 countries. The web site ( contains a number of useful papers and other resources as well as references supporting the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development ( and a new E-learning Center on sustainable development ( Articles on Science, Faith and Global warming: Arising to the Challenge are available at

  • Bahá’í Community of Canada

  • Canadian Bahá’í International Development Agency

  • The European Bahá'í Business Forum (EBBF) a network of nearly 300 business people residing in 50 countries. EBBF is drawing increasing attention in Europe through its promotion of responsible and ethical business practices, its collaboration with other networks with similar values and with various United Nations agencies, and its promotion of entrepreneurship and ethics in many Eastern and Central European countries. A section of the website is devoted to resources on sustainable development:


Books and other Publications:

  • Spirit of Agriculture, Paul Hanley, editor (2006), George Ronald, Publisher, 226 pages. An excellent compilation of chapters by different authors, offering a fresh perspective on the importance of agriculture in religion and particularly the Bahá'í Faith. Includes several examples of applied projects and a strong rationale for sustainable agriculture.

  • For the Betterment of the World -- The worldwide Bahá'í community’s approach to social and economic development, Bahá'í International Community (2002), originally distributed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development, 31 pages.

  • The Fruits of One Tree: Environmental Education for Children – a Teacher’s Guide, New Era Development Institute, Panchgani, India (2002) - environmental education lesson plans and associated activities for 5-8 year olds.

  • The Eco Principle: Ecology and Economics in Symbiosis, a book by Arthur Dahl, George Ronald/Zed Books Ltd. Oxford/London, (1996). Reviewed by Brad Pokorny in One Country 8:3 (October-December 1996) as cited at

  • Unless and Until: a Baha'i Focus on the Environment, a book by Arthur Dahl, Bahá'í Publishing Trust, UK (1990) - A consideration of the relation between ecological practices and spiritual values. Explains what Bahá’ís are doing about environmental issues. Sets forth a practical agenda for change while looking beyond the present crisis toward the vision of a world at one with nature.

  • Man of the Trees, Selected writings of Richard St. Barbe Baker, (1989) a book edited by Karen Gridley *

  • Social and Economic Development: A Bahá'í Approach, Holly Hanson Vick (1989), George Ronald, Publisher, Oxford, UK.

Say: Nature in its essence is the embodiment of My Name, the Maker, the Creator. Its manifestations are diversified by varying causes, and in this diversity there are signs for men of discernment. Nature is God's Will and is its expression in and through the contingent world. It is a dispensation of Providence ordained by the Ordainer, the All-Wise.
- Bahá’u’lláh


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