BIC/IEF Contributions to Talanoa Dialogue
Bonn, Germany, 6 May 2018
IEF participation in the Justice Conference 2018
The 23rd annual Justice Conference was held at the de Poort Conference Centre in the Netherlands on 30 March-2 April 2018. The International Environment Forum (IEF) previously partnered with the Justice Conference as its annual conference in 2017 (https://iefworld.org/conf21), so a number of IEF members were present again this year, including Iko Congo, Arthur Dahl, Maja Groff (conference organizer), Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, Wendi Momen, Halldor Thorgeirsson, and David Willis. A side discussion on IEF over dinner allowed us to recruit some new members.
Motivating the transition at the grassroots
International Environment Forum Contribution to the Talanoa Dialogue
United Nations Climate Change input for COP24
19 March 2018
Topic: How do we get there?
Objective: Wider partnerships in public education about climate change
SUMMARY: It is easier for government to increase ambition if they have public support. Public education about climate change should combine scientific and ethical perspectives to motivate action, as demonstrated by a decade of experience with interfaith climate change courses available on line. In Vanuatu, a climate change course was prepared for use in rural training centres around the archipelago. Governments should partner with a wide range of stakeholders to spread values-based education about the science and ethics of climate change and to encourage practical actions everyone can take to build community resilience.
2018 Faith Climate Action Week in USA
On 14 March 2018, the United States national Bahá'í council wrote to all the members of the American Bahá'í community, as they have every year since 2011, encouraging their participation in Faith Climate Action Week, sponsored by Interfaith Power and Light.
e-learning centre on sustainable development
CASE STUDIES IN SUSTAINABILITY
Living on an Island as the Sea Rises
Climate Change Disaster Risk Reduction in Vanuatu
Charles Pierce - 17 August 2017
The Climate Change Debate: a Bahá'í Perspective
Excerpts from a letter of the
Universal House of Justice
29 November 2017
Spiritual Leaders Deliver Interfaith Climate Declaration at COP23
Personal Commitment and Invitation to UN Climate Conference:
The evolving nature of the global response to climate change
Implications for faith-based communitiesInternational Environment Forum Statement
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/.
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.