Coral Reefs as a Model for Humanity
IEF Presentation at the
Parliament of the World's Religions
17 October 2021
The 2021 Parliament of the World's Religions will be meeting on 16-17 October 2021 on the theme "Opening our Hearts to the World: Compassion in Action". The Bahá'ís are as usual collaborating in the Parliament.
IEF President Arthur Dahl is scheduled to give a presentation on Coral Reefs as a Model for Humanity on 17 October 2021 at 1:00 pm Central Time, 20:00 CEST.
In a world united by technology but fractured by many forms of intolerance, it is important to show the harmony and complementarity of science and religion in our search for solutions to modern problems. Nature has over millions of years learned unity in diversity, favoring cooperation over competition, and showing what principles can lead to a just and sustainable economy and society. The highly complex ecosystem of a coral reef that builds its own environment as a home for thousands of species can provide a meaningful model for humanity as we work for a world civilization founded on spiritual values.
We need compassion for both humanity and nature if we are to save the world for future generations. Seeing our spiritual values reflected in nature can inspire us both to save coral reefs from destruction by climate change, and to work for unity in diversity across our faith traditions, cultures and peoples.
The presentation will be richly illustrated with photographs of coral reefs taken by the presenter.
Last updated 28 August 2021