Wilmette Institute Web Talk on Sustainability

Submitted by admin on 7. September 2015 - 0:57

As part of the celebration of its 20th year, the Wilmette Institute is organizing a year-long series of live web talks featuring some of its faculty. On 6 September 2015, IEF President Arthur Dahl spoke on "Navigating the Storm: The Transition to Sustainability". The pdf version (1.1mb) is now available on the IEF web site, and a video recording can be viewed on the Wilmette Institute youtube page: https://youtu.be/kxULSlF5gSQ. The talk outlines the challenges the world faces from its present environmental, economic and social unsustainability, and then lays out the approaches based on spiritual principles which will be needed to make the transition to a more sustainable world, drawing on the Baha'i teachings, the Pope's recent encyclical, the new Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change, and the UN's 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals.

The IEF has long collaborated with the Wilmette Institute, established by the Baha'is of the United States to offer on-line courses over the Internet. Its course on "Sustainable Development and the Prosperity of Humankind" will be offered again starting on 15 September, for seven weeks. All the faculty for the course are IEF members. IEF also initiated the Wilmette Institute course on Scientific and Spiritual Dimensions of Climate Change, based on the recently updated IEF interfaith course of the same name prepared by Christine Muller, which is now also available in a French version.