International Environment Forum - A Bahá'í inspired organization for environment and sustainability https://iefworld.org/ en BIC COP27 report: Consensus on guiding principles essential to climate action https://iefworld.org/node/1345 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">BIC COP27 report: Consensus on guiding principles essential to climate action</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">8. December 2022 - 0:00</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"><div style="text-align: center;"> <h2 style="text-align: center; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">COP27: Consensus on guiding principles essential to climate action, says BIC</h2> <p>Bahá'í International Community<br /> SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, 24 November 2022</p> </div> <hr /> <p>In their contributions to discussions at the COP27 climate summit, which has now drawn to a close, the delegates from the Baha'i International Community (BIC) have emphasized a pivotal idea - if humanity is to address the myriad of climate issues it is facing, the nations of the world need to reach consensus on the essential guiding principles that recast the relationship between society and the natural world.</p> <p>"The natural world offers profound insight into the essence of coexistence and interdependence," said Hatem El-Hady, a representative of the Cairo Office of the BIC, at an event titled "Coexistence between peoples and the earth."</p> <p>Mr. El-Hady explained that the nations of the world must develop their capacity to work together in order to protect the environment and that the animating force behind this advance must be the recognition of humanity's inherent oneness.</p> <p>Saphira Rameshfar, a representative of the New York Office of the BIC, elaborated on this idea, stating: "We cannot talk about coexistence and living in harmony with the planet unless we are able to consult together and understand one another deeply. We have to learn to see reality from many different perspectives and be open to our own thinking being enhanced by the perceptions and experiences of others."</p> <p>Ms. Rameshfar highlighted that consultation, when approached as a means for investigating truth, can enable people from diverse backgrounds to avoid adversarial tendencies, transcend differences, and harmonize perspectives.</p> <p>"The ability to consult in this way," she said, "and really understand where humanity is at present, is essential to moving toward a mature society that is at peace with itself and with the environment."</p> <p>The two-week UN conference brought together more than 100 heads of state and government, as well as over 35,000 other attendees, including numerous civil society organizations, journalists, media outlets, businesses, climate activists, and members of the public, to examine global efforts addressing climate change.</p> <p>Mr. El-Hady and Ms. Rameshfar were joined in the BIC delegation to the conference by Bani Dugal and Daniel Perell from the BIC New York Office, Peter Aburi and Laura Musonye from Kenya, and Ian Hamilton from the United States.</p> <h3 style=" color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">A glimpse of BIC’s participation at COP27</h3> <p>Provided below are a few highlights from contributions of the BIC delegation to numerous discussions at COP27, in which representatives explored themes that are essential for establishing new patterns of social organization that meet today’s needs, including: redefining notions of progress and development on the basis of a more accurate understanding of human nature and the important role of government in building a more sustainable world.</p> <p>At a press conference held by the BIC, two of its representatives, Bani Dugal and Daniel Perell, highlighted the gap between intention and action as one of the central challenges facing humanity in addressing climate change. “Humanity has tremendous potential and ingenuity to solve the many problems before it,” said Mr. Perell, “These must now be harnessed through determined collective volition—a resource that rests on confidence in humanity’s capacity and hope for a better future.”</p> <p>Ms. Dugal, quoting the BIC statement <i>One Planet, One Habitation</i>, said: “The world that beckons is one of integration and balance, beauty, and maturity. It is a world with a redefined sense of progress, filled with communities and individuals working together with the support of institutions toward the realization of their highest aspirations. It is a world increasingly relieved of the destructive moral compromises—social, economic, and environmental—that have so often been asserted as necessary to progress.”</p> <p>A recording of this event can be seen <a href="https://unfccc-events.azureedge.net/COP27_87371/agenda">here</a>.</p> <p>Mr. Perell moderated an event titled “Realizing Ambition through Ethical, Intergenerational and Multisectoral Responses to Climate Crises.” Ms. Dugal spoke about the need for constructive relationships between the individual, the community, and institutions.</p> <p>Other panelists included Azza Karam, Secretary General of Religions for Peace; Bakoa Kaltongga, Member of Parliament in Vanuatu and Special Envoy on Climate Change; Maria Fernanda Espinosa, former President of the UN General Assembly; Judge Mohamed Abdelsalam, Senior Representative of Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and Co-President of Religions for Peace, Egypt.</p> <p>The BIC created a booth that <a href="https://www.bic.org/perspectives/putting-values-work-age-climate-change">invited participants</a> to describe the values needed for stewardship of the environment.</p> <p>The BIC delegates also participated in an event titled “Localized Financing for Climate Change Adaptation: Reducing Loss &amp; Damage and Inequity Cycles,” which was moderated by Mr. Perell.</p> <p>A recording of the event can be seen <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZJVeVULo3I">here</a>.</p> <p>Mr. Perell at an event titled “Changing Youth Narratives from Risk to Resilience,” which looked at experiences from the efforts of young people to increase climate resilience.</p> <p>The BIC screened a short film titled “Tanna: A study in leadership and action,” which explores how constructive relationships between individuals, the community, and institutions paved the path for a youth-led social action initiative to revitalize and protect a coral reef ecosystem off the shores of Tanna, Vanuatu.</p> <p>The film can be viewed <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBm5V2C12ek">here</a>.</p> <p>At an event titled “Expanding Coexistence Between Peoples and With the Earth System: Insights and Experiences from the Egyptian National Bahá’í Community,” Aya Mustafa, a member of the Bahá’í community of Egypt, spoke about how Bahá’í moral educational programs are enabling young people from diverse backgrounds to serve the needs of their communities together. “These young people learn to transcend their differences by striving to develop qualities and attributes such as trustworthiness, forbearance, and patience, because they understand that these are building blocks for social progress and for taking care of our planet,” she said.</p> <p>Mr. Aburi spoke at a <a href="https://unfccc-events.azureedge.net/COP27_87548/agenda">press conference</a> about the need for rethinking economic arrangements in light of the principle of the oneness of humanity.</p> <p>“Our efforts will need an awakening of values, ethics, and leadership that unite us in working together for the betterment of society,” he said, emphasizing the point that there is an inherent moral dimension to the generation, distribution, and utilization of wealth and resources.</p> <p>He added: “Economic decisions must, therefore, be taken in accordance with high ideals. The start of any deliberation can no longer be about the accumulation of wealth or power but geared towards an understanding that wealth must serve humanity.”</p> <p>The BIC <a href="https://news.bahai.org/story/1599/">statement</a>, titled <i>One Planet, One Habitation</i>, presents a thought-provoking reading of the root causes of escalating environmental breakdown and highlights principles and proposals for action that draw on experiences over many decades “where the international community not only imagined a better world, but attempted action along paths previously untraveled.”</p> <p>A <a href="https://working-toward-one-planet-one-habitation.bic.org/">microsite</a> created by the BIC further explores the themes from the statement <i>One Planet, One Habitation</i>, providing insights from Bahá’í endeavors in several places around the world that address local environmental issues.</p> <p>Another <a href="https://news.bahai.org/story/1583/">statement</a> released by the BIC, titled <i>The Heart of Resilience</i>, proposes that the principle of equality of women and men will need to be intentionally woven into the processes of governance for fostering resilience in the face of the climate crisis.</p> <hr /> <p>Visit <a href="https://news.bahai.org/story/1627/">news.bahai.org</a> to see pictures of BIC's participation in COP27.</p> <hr /> <p>Source: <a href="https://news.bahai.org/story/1627/">Bahá'í World News Service</a></p> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="66" src="/gr/IEFlogo5.gif" width="142" /></p> <p><small>Last updated 8 December 2022</small></p> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Wed, 07 Dec 2022 22:00:48 +0000 admin 1345 at https://iefworld.org https://iefworld.org/node/1345#comments Earth for All: A survival guide for humanity https://iefworld.org/node/1343 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Earth for All: A survival guide for humanity</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-12-05T12:00:49+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">5. December 2022 - 14:00</span> <div class="field field--name-subjects field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/216" hreflang="en">Systems</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/134" hreflang="en">Limits</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/46" hreflang="en">Economics</a></div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div style="text-align: center;"> <h2 style="text-align: center; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">Earth for All: A survival guide for humanity</h2> <p>review by Arthur Lyon Dahl<br /> and extracts from <a href="https://www.earth4all.life/">https://www.earth4all.life/</a></p> </div> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <p>Fifty years after the report to the Club of Rome on <a href="http://yabaha.net/dahl/papers/1972b/Dahl1972b.htm"><i>The Limits to Growth</i></a>, which I reviewed in 1972, the <b>Club of Rome</b> has assembled the leading creative thinkers on complex systems science, social justice and alternative economics to propose a new vision of the way forward out of our multiple crises. Their new book <i><b>Earth for All: A survival guide for humanity</b></i>, by Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Owen Gaffney, Jayati Ghosh, Jørgen Randers, Johan Rockström, and Per Espen Stocknes, a Report to the Club of Rome, was published in September 2022. Executive summaries are available in <a href="https://static1.squarespace.com/static/6253f8f13c707724ac00f7c1/t/636a2fbed83ce700018ff79a/1667903427603/Earth4All_Exec_Summary_Sep2022.pdf">English</a> and several other languages. There is also a website, <a href="https://www.earth4all.life/">https://www.earth4all.life/</a> from which much of this review is derived.</p> <p>Earth4All builds on the legacies of <a href="https://www.clubofrome.org/publication/the-limits-to-growth/"><i>The Limits to Growth</i></a> and the <a href="https://www.stockholmresilience.org/research/planetary-boundaries.html">Planetary Boundaries</a> frameworks. Science is at the heart of this work. It rethinks capitalism and moves beyond GDP for a safe, secure and prosperous future in the Anthropocene. It this way, it goes in the same direction as the IEF/ebbf discussion of <a href="https://iefworld.org/accounting">Global Solidarity Accounting</a> and <a href="https://iefworld.org/accounting_community">Community Conversations for Global Solidarity</a>.</p> <p>The Earth4All analysis focuses on three deeply intertwined systems: economy, society and ecology, or more explicitly: 10 regional economies, 10 regional societies and Earth’s nine life supporting systems. It is grounded in systems thinking, a branch of science that has exploded in the last five decades and whose tools help to understand complexity, feedback loops, tipping points and exponential impacts.</p> <h3 style=" color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">The economic system keeps crashing. It's time to install a new operating system</h3> <p>Earth For All is both an antidote to despair and a road map to a better future. Using powerful state-of-the-art computer modeling to explore policies likely to deliver the most good for the majority of people, a leading group of scientists and economists from around the world present five extraordinary turnarounds to achieve prosperity for all within planetary limits in a single generation.</p> <p>Coverage includes:<br /> • Results of new global modeling that indicates falling well-being and rising social tensions heighten risk of regional societal collapses<br /> • Two alternative scenarios - Too-Little-Too-Late vs The Giant Leap - and what they mean for our collective future<br /> • Five system-shifting steps that can upend poverty and inequality, lift up marginalized people, and transform our food and energy systems by 2050<br /> • A clear pathway to reboot our global economic system so it works for all people and the planet.</p> <p>Written in an open, accessible, and inspirational style using clear language and high impact visuals, Earth For All is a profound vision for uncertain times and a map to a better future.</p> <h3 style=" color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">Transformational Economics</h3> <p>Widespread literature demonstrates our current economic systems create ever more inequalities and fail the planet.</p> <p>What if the economic system changed its priorities, to work towards wellbeing of all instead of working towards maximising GDP at the expense of ecosystems, climate and societal trust? What if focus shifted to long-term prosperity for all instead of short-term profits for the few? The economy could be a tool at the service of humanity, rather than an end in itself. New economic ideas on how to achieve this are gaining ground. Members of the Earth4All Transformational Economics Commission developed new paradigms for our economic and societal operating system.</p> <h3 style=" color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">The Earth4All Model</h3> <p>The modelling looks at the quantitative and causal interactions between environmental variables and socio-economic variables, such as investments, energy use, taxes, savings, education, inequality and social trust. The figure illustrates a simplified version of over 700 variables triangulated in the global model and over 2000 in the regional models.</p> <p><img alt="Earth4All model" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a04d6281-b24d-4f0a-bd5f-37dbdb002cec" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Earth4All_model.png" /></p> <p>Building on the legacy of <a href="https://www.clubofrome.org/publication/the-limits-to-growth/"><i>The Limits to Growth</i></a> and the <a href="https://www.stockholmresilience.org/research/planetary-boundaries.html">planetary boundaries</a> framework, the new Earth4All model can calculate different consistent scenarios to illustrate how economic policies are likely to affect human wellbeing, societies and ecosystems in the short and long-term future. Humanity has already crossed five out of nine planetary boundaries and experts are exploring if a sixth has been transgressed.</p> <p>The Earth4All model considers two scenarios:</p> <p><b>Too Little Too Late</b>: a scenario that explores the path of economic development and unsustainable consumption if they continue on the same course as the last forty years. Will political dysfunction and perpetual crises deepen, or is there a light at the end of the tunnel?</p> <p><b>Giant Leap</b>: a scenario that explores a path where societies make extraordinary decisions and investments now that enhance social cohesion, build trust and establish, essentially, a new social contract between people and the state. What if societies start to invest to truly value our collective futures on Earth, and beyond?</p> <h3 style=" color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">Five system-shifting steps</h3> <p>The five extraordinary turnarounds presented by Earth4All are the minimum requirements that support wellbeing for all, whilst protecting the planet.</p> <h4 style=" color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">Eliminate poverty</h4> <p>Extreme poverty has declined dramatically in the last fifty years, but still almost half the world lives in poverty, surviving on less than US$4 per day. The poverty turnaround focuses on the solutions to raise the national average income to USD$15,000 per year. At this level, if inequality is restrained, the majority of people can enjoy higher wellbeing, greater economic security and more economic opportunities. This will require rapid economic growth of at least 5% for low-income countries at a time when growth is slowing or even stagnating in the poorest countries. The old strategies to drive growth, driven by energy from fossil fuels, are a dead end. New economic models for low-income countries are necessary. New models can help reverse historic injustices and open the doors for unprecedented investment in clean energy, sustainable food and sustainable cities.</p> <h4 style=" color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">Reduce inequality</h4> <p>Decade by decade, countries have become more unequal in most regions of the world. In many places, the 10% richest take over 50% of national incomes. This is a recipe for deeply dysfunctional, polarised societies. To find a recipe to build cooperation and trust, new data has shown an unambiguous pattern related to inequality over recent decades: countries with greater equality perform better in all areas of human wellbeing and achievement. A key goal of the Earth4All inequality turnaround is to ensure the wealthiest 10% take less than 40% of national incomes.</p> <h4 style=" color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">Empower women</h4> <p>Gender equity is essential for a fair and just future, and a stable planet. Massive investment in education for girls and delivering economic security for women are both critically important for a good life within planetary boundaries. This is how to create fair and just societies. Today, societies where everyone feels valued function better, such as the wealthy Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. They regularly top international polls on innovation, wellbeing and happiness. It is no coincidence that these market economies invest in gender equity and in families. These countries invest in the future. The goal should be full gender equity in terms of agency, rights, resources, and power in both law and employment. There is an important additional benefit. As women have more control over their future, they choose to have fewer children.</p> <h4 style=" color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">Transform food systems</h4> <p>The last fifty years have witnessed an astonishing turnaround in food security, with a dramatic reduction in the number of deaths as a result of famine. Progress has, however, come at a cost. The way we farm, transport and consume food affects more planetary boundaries than anything else. Agriculture is one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions. It is also the biggest driver of deforestation, biodiversity loss and the creation of vast dead zones in our streams, lakes and oceans. Agriculture is not working for people either, with 9% of our global population severely food insecure at one extreme, and 8% of deaths globally attributable to obesity at the other. Our food systems are due a comprehensive redesign to become a regenerative, sustainable food system that works for all within planetary boundaries.</p> <h4 style=" color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">The energy turnaround</h4> <p>The energy system is at the beginning of the most disruptive transformation in a century. Within a generation most countries could achieve energy security for the first time. This brings with it many more benefits, from clean air and better health to zero fossil-fuel emissions. The Paris Agreement’s goal to stay well below 2°C requires approximately halving greenhouse gas emissions globally every decade from 2020, to reach close to zero in the 2050s. Solutions to halve emissions in a decade are available, affordable and ready to scale rapidly. Crucially, we have reached the critical inflection point where prices of renewables are comparable or cheaper than fossil fuels. Exciting new solutions now exist in sectors that were once considered hard to decarbonise, such as long-distance trucking, shipping, or cement and steel manufacturing. Urgent action is needed to implement these solutions.</p> <h3 style=" color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">Upgrading the economic system</h3> <p>It is feasible to redesign economic and social policies to put our societies on a pathway towards wellbeing for all within planetary boundaries.</p> <p>There is no “one size fits all” for economic systems change. There are different ways to reach the five extraordinary turnarounds depending on different social and political contexts. Actions to drive these turnarounds in the United States and Canada are likely to be very different to actions in Africa, Europe or Asia for example.</p> <p>Academia is alive with fiery debates about economic growth. Is green growth possible? Is degrowth desirable? What about steady-state economies? Let’s go beyond growth. People should be agnostic about economic growth. It really depends on what is growing. Consumption of many materials cannot keep growing, and greenhouse gas emissions need to be halted. But revolutions in energy and food will drive economic growth. And low-income countries need to grow their economies.</p> <p>Instead of a myopic focus on economic growth, political leaders should instead ask: is the economy optimised for resilience? Is it improving the lives of the majority? Is it perceived as reasonably fair? Does it protect our planet and the wellbeing of future generations? Does it help deliver the prime goal of a state - to keep citizens safe and secure over the long term? Are we measuring and valuing the right things? This means re-defining what really matters in economic policies. To accelerate change, governments should upgrade our economic system and redefine what really matters in economic policies: wellbeing.</p> <p>A wellbeing economy is one that serves people and the planet, rather than people and planet serving the economy. Earth4All has developed a wellbeing index as an alternative to GDP that is built on the wellbeing framework. The index quantifies wellbeing based on:<br /> • Dignity: worker disposable income after tax<br /> • Nature: climate change (global surface average temperature)<br /> • Connection: government services indicated by spending per person, i.e., to institutions that serve common good<br /> • Fairness: the ratio of owner income after tax to worker income after tax<br /> • Participation: people’s observed progress (how wellbeing has improved or declined in the previous five years) and labor participation</p> <p>Such new economic and wellbeing indicators would deliver better outcomes for people and planet and place them at the centre of policymaking. This would support a shift away from unsustainable consumption as a key driver of GDP growth in high-income countries.</p> <p>What the book proposes is by no means a complete blueprint for economic systems change, but an opening for discussion. Economic systems change will require support of the majority of citizens, but there are deep divisions within many societies. So, a starting point to drive systems change is to bring citizens together around a common agenda, for example through citizens assemblies to help overcome division and polarisation.</p> <h3 style=" color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">It seems daunting, but it is possible</h3> <p>If governments make progress on these extraordinary turnarounds and transform our economic system, if enough political support is created by citizens, we will make wellbeing for all on our planet possible.</p> <hr /> <p>Principal source: <a href="https://www.earth4all.life/">https://www.earth4all.life/</a></p> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="66" src="/gr/IEFlogo5.gif" width="142" /></p> <p><small>Last updated 5 December 2022</small></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-upload field--type-file field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-image-png file--image"> <a href="/index.php/sites/default/files/2022-12/Earth4All_model.png" type="image/png" title="Earth4All_model.png">Earth4All model</a></span> </div> </div> Mon, 05 Dec 2022 12:00:49 +0000 admin 1343 at https://iefworld.org Film about coral reef restoration project screened at COP27 https://iefworld.org/node/1342 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Film about coral reef restoration project screened at COP27</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">4. December 2022 - 13:55</span> <div class="field field--name-subjects field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/11" hreflang="en">Coral reefs</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/227" hreflang="en">Youth</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;"> <h2 style="text-align: center; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">Film about coral reef restoration project screened at COP27</h2> <p>Bahá'í World News Service<br /> 18 November 2022</p> </div> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <p>A short film produced by the Bahá’í International Community (BIC) explores how constructive relationships between individuals, the community, and institutions paved the path for a youth-led social action initiative to revitalize and protect a coral reef ecosystem off the shores of Tanna, Vanuatu.</p> <p>The 13-minute film, titled “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBm5V2C12ek">Tanna: A Study in Leadership and Action</a>,” is part of the BIC’s contribution to the discourse on climate change and was screened at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP27. Among the attendees of the screening were government officials from Vanuatu. The film examines a youth-led environmental protection effort to create no-fishing zones to allow the coral reef to recover.</p> <p>“The coral restoration project emerged from the efforts of youth participating in Bahá’í moral education programs,” said Willy Missack, a member of the Bahá’í community, IEF member, and coordinator of Vanuatu Climate Action Network, in his remarks at the screening. Willy, who is from Tanna, also narrated the film.</p> <p>Saphira Rameshfar, representative of the BIC, added that these educational programs enable young people to explore the application of spiritual principles, such as the oneness of humanity, in their efforts to address social issues.</p> <p>“This film provides an example of how Bahá’í community-building efforts foster unity among individuals, communities, and institutions as they work together to contribute to the material and spiritual progress of their society,” she said.</p> <p>Over the two weeks of COP27, representatives of the BIC participated in numerous discussions in both formal and informal settings, and have highlighted the critically urgent need for rethinking the relationship between society and the natural world. A complete report on Bahá'í International Community activities at COP27 is available <a href="https://news.bahai.org/story/1627/">here</a>.</p> <hr /> <p>Source: <a href="https://news.bahai.org/story/1626/">https://news.bahai.org/story/1626/</a> with some editing</p> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="66" src="/gr/IEFlogo5.gif" width="142" /></p> <p><small>Last updated 5 December 2022</small></p> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Sun, 04 Dec 2022 11:55:44 +0000 admin 1342 at https://iefworld.org https://iefworld.org/node/1342#comments IEF member profile: Austin Bowden-Kerby https://iefworld.org/node/1341 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">IEF member profile: Austin Bowden-Kerby</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">29. November 2022 - 12:09</span> <div class="field field--name-subjects field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/11" hreflang="en">Coral reefs</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/58" hreflang="en">Agriculture</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;"> <h2 style="text-align: center; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">IEF member profile<br /> Austin Bowden-Kerby</h2> <p>Fiji Islands</p> </div> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <p>Long-time IEF member Austin Bowden-Kerby PhD in Fiji has provided a recent update on his activities. As one of the pioneers of coral reef restoration by replanting corals on damaged reefs, he runs Corals for Conservation (<a href="https://www.corals4conservation.org">https://www.corals4conservation.org</a>), including preparing a 22 minute summary of climate change adaptation strategies at <a href="https://youtu.be/arkeSGXfKMk">https://youtu.be/arkeSGXfKMk</a> and giving a TEDx talk at <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PRLJ8zDm0U">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PRLJ8zDm0U</a>. His latest project is an emergency response to massive coral bleaching.</p> <p>He also runs the Teitei Livelihoods Centre in Fiji (http:/<a href="http://www.teiteifiji.org">www.teiteifiji.org</a>) including permaculture training, a happy chickens for food security project, and other activities to provide sustainable environmental livelihoods for local people (<a href="http://permacultureglobal.com/projects/1759-sustainable-environmental-livelihoods-farm-Fiji">http://permacultureglobal.com/projects/1759-sustainable-environmental-l…</a>). He has been training local people and assisting with similar projects in other island countries including Kiribati, Tuvalu, Samoa, Vanuatu and French Polynesia. Some videos on his work will be released next year.</p> <p>He gave a long presentation on Island Communities, Coral Reefs, and Climate Change at the ABS Agriculture working Group and they have posted it at <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJ0dJhUDPX4">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJ0dJhUDPX4</a>. His many years of persistence across the Pacific and even in the Caribbean are now producing results of direct benefit to local communities.</p> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="66" src="/gr/IEFlogo5.gif" width="142" /></p> <p><small>Last updated 29 November 2022</small></p> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Tue, 29 Nov 2022 10:09:19 +0000 admin 1341 at https://iefworld.org https://iefworld.org/node/1341#comments Lectures and TV interview in India https://iefworld.org/node/1340 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Lectures and TV interview in India</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">27. November 2022 - 14:41</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;">&nbsp; <h2 style="text-align: center; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">Lectures and TV interview in India</h2> <p>Arthur Dahl<br /> 14-24 November 2022</p> </div> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <p>I went to India 14-24 November for ten days with Augusto Lopez-Claros and Joshua Lincoln for the Global Governance Forum to speak on global environmental governance, climate change and sustainability (see <a href="http://yabaha.net/dahl/travel/t2022/India2022/India2022.html">report on my personal website</a>), with 15 presentations in Lucknow to 2,800 high school students, several universities and a conference of chief justices of the world, and 7 talks in New Delhi, mostly at universities. I was interviewed by famous Indian TV journalist, Vikram Bahl, for his programme <i>Global View</i>. My interview, titled by the journalist “<i>Are humans also an endangered species?</i>”, was broadcast nationally and can be viewed on <a href="https://youtu.be/E5wv9f0XFB0">YouTube</a> and followed as a podcast on Spotify, Apple podcasts and Google Podcasts.</p> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="66" src="/gr/IEFlogo5.gif" width="142" /></p> <p><small>Last updated 27 November 2022</small></p> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-blog-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Sun, 27 Nov 2022 12:41:20 +0000 Arthur Dahl 1340 at https://iefworld.org Ethical responses to climate change https://iefworld.org/node/1339 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Ethical responses to 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">13. November 2022 - 12:09</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"><div style="text-align: center;"> <h2 style="text-align: center; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">Ethical responses to climate change</h2> <p>BIC COP 27 event features Al-Azhar, Religions for Peace and Vanuatu<br /> Egypt, 10 November 2022</p> </div> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <p>Holistic means of addressing climate challenges, and particularly the role of religious communities and spiritual principles, were central to a Baha’i International Community (BIC) event hosted yesterday, organized in collaboration with Religions for Peace, the Anglican Communion, and the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation.</p> <p>“Materialist development views … are incapable of achieving their main goal, namely, restoring development-related values in human consciousness and changing the daily attitudes of individuals and their life pattern through … compassion and shared social responsibility,” said Judge Mohamed Abdelsalam, Senior Representative of His Eminence Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders, in recorded remarks.</p> <p>Titled <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmA6d37QNnQ&amp;t=1s">“<i>Realizing Ambition through Ethical, Intergenerational and Multisectoral Responses to Climate Crises,</i>”</a> the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 27) event featured nine speakers from a variety of geographic, sectoral, and religious backgrounds. Notable were ties that several speakers had to the Egyptian national context.</p> <p>“I appreciated Judge Abdelsalam’s remarks about the significance of this conference being held in Egypt, which is at the heart of the Arab and Islamic world,” said Hatem El-Hady, Representative of the Baha’i International Community’s Cairo Office, in reflections after the event.</p> <p>“All the speakers agreed that humanity can no longer afford to be held back by the shackles of history that divided us in the past,” El-Hady continued. “The urgent climate crisis has made it clear that the time has come for humanity to transcend all types of prejudices, especially religious prejudices, and to collectively learn to apply the values of coexistence, tolerance, and unity necessary for the common aim of protecting our environment.”</p> <p>Many speakers emphasized the need for ecological interdependence to be reflected in political cooperation and collaboration. “Working together is critical, working together as one human family in a just and equitable world,” said Malcolm Dalesa, newly appointed Climate Attaché from Vanuatu to the United Nations Mission in New York.</p> <p>“The fundamental thing we need is that critical and vital spirit of unity and a consultative manner, to ensure that there is long and sustained change,” Mr. Dalesa added.</p> <p>The significant power of religious institutions to influence human behavior, and how that power is most constructively leveraged, was a central theme highlighted by Azza Karam, Secretary General of Religions for Peace. “The issue here, centrally, is: are religious actors of diverse kinds ready, willing, and able to work together,” Ms. Karam asked, “to actually pool their resources on concrete initiatives?”</p> <p>The “Realizing Ambition” event joined a variety of other initiatives that BIC delegates, both international and drawn from the national Egyptian context, are undertaking at COP 27. In recent days, the BIC released an <a href="https://working-toward-one-planet-one-habitation.bic.org/">online resource</a> entitled <i>Working Toward One Planet and One Habitation: Sustainability and Environmental Efforts by Bahá’í Communities Around the World</i>, as well as a 13-minute sustainability-themed <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESFL297yriY">documentary</a>, entitled <i>Tanna: A Study in Leadership and Action</i>.</p> <hr /> <p>Source: <a href="https://www.bic.org/news/ethical-responses-climate-change-bic-cop-27-event-features-al-azhar-religions-peace-and-vanuatu">https://www.bic.org/news/ethical-responses-climate-change-bic-cop-27-ev…</a><br /> Copyright BIC 2022</p> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="66" src="/gr/IEFlogo5.gif" width="142" /></p> <p><small>Last updated 13 November 2022</small></p> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Sun, 13 Nov 2022 10:09:03 +0000 admin 1339 at https://iefworld.org https://iefworld.org/node/1339#comments Delegates explore solidarity and justice at COP 27 https://iefworld.org/node/1338 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Delegates explore solidarity and justice at COP 27</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">13. November 2022 - 12:05</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"><div style="text-align: center;"> <h2 style="text-align: center; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">Delegates explore needed solidarity and justice dimensions at COP 27</h2> <p>News from the Bahá'í International Community<br /> Egypt - 9 November 2022</p> </div> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <p>Principles of solidarity and justice—outlined in a statement titled <a href="https://www.bic.org/sites/default/files/print_pdf/one_planet_one_habitation.pdf"><i>One Planet, One Habitation</i></a>, re-released this month by the Baha’i International Community (BIC), on humanity’s relationship with the natural world—were explored by government officials, civil society actors, and other leaders of thought, at a press conference hosted by the BIC together with the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation at this year’s <a href="https://cop27.eg">United Nations Climate Change Conference</a> (COP 27) in Sharm el-Sheikh.</p> <p>“Humanity has tremendous potential, ingenuity, creativity, and capacity to solve the myriad problems before it,” said BIC Representative Daniel Perell, who moderated the press conference. “These must now be harnessed through determined, collective volition—a resource which, in turn, rests on confidence in humanity's capacity and hope for a better future.”</p> <p>Also released by the BIC was a <a href="https://working-toward-one-planet-one-habitation.bic.org/">companion website</a> to its statement, exploring ways these foundational principles are being translated into reality by communities worldwide, as well as a <a hre="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESFL297yriY">film</a>, titled <i>Tanna: A Study in Leadership and Action</i>, illustrating the experience of one such community in Vanuatu.</p> <p>“Our new film is just one of many hopeful anecdotes about youth applying foundational principles such as unity, solidarity, and a desire to create new patterns of relationships within their communities and with their environment,” Mr. Perell observed.</p> <p>Co-hosting the press conference with the BIC was the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, which emphasizes the need to address climate issues in holistic ways and to examine the values that are at the heart of climate commitments. In prepared remarks, Debra Boudreaux, CEO of the Foundation, noted the role of factors such as interconnection and resilience, along with the need to learn systematically and refine efforts over time. “A goal can be perfect or imperfect,” she said. “The key point is learning from its lessons.”</p> <p>Speaking from the perspective of a small island developing state, His Excellency Bakoa Kaltongga, Special Envoy on Climate Change in Vanuatu, emphasized the need to transform structures of global governance. In this light, he related his country’s initiative to seek an <a href="https://www.vanuatuicj.com/">advisory opinion</a> from the International Court of Justice, clarifying state responsibility for acting on climate change.</p> <p>“It will provide us a common ground with the greater industrial North and the small island and developing states to … unite together in addressing these climate change challenges,” Mr. Kaltongga said, of the requested opinion.</p> <p>Payam Akhavan, Professor of International Law at the University of Toronto and counsel to the Commission of Small Island States on Climate Change and International Law, noted the importance of a rules-based international order and values of justice and equity, saying, “The principle that a state should not do harm to other states must become part of the conversation at COP.” Kehkashan Basu, Founder-President of Green Hope Foundation, stressed the importance of grassroots action based on principles of empathy and compassion.</p> <p>Finally, Bani Dugal, Principal Representative of the BIC, highlighted principles central to the One Planet, One Habitation statement, including the need to redefine notions of progress, to align action with higher principles, and to refashion relationships between individuals, communities, and institutions of governance.</p> <p>“The world that beckons is one of integration and balance, beauty, and maturity,” Ms. Dugal said. “It is a world increasingly relieved of the destructive moral compromises—social, economic, and environmental—that have so often been asserted as necessary to progress. Movement toward this vision has begun. its momentum is gathering.”</p> <p>COP 27 brought together over 44,000 registered attendees, including world leaders, civil society and climate activists, as well as journalists and business leaders, to discuss the implementation of the UN’s climate change framework. One of the largest conferences of its kind, the scale represents unprecedented consensus around the concern for climate change as well as a recognition of the power that deliberative settings can serve to stimulate the needed action to maintain the healthy functioning of our global system.</p> <hr /> <p>Source: <a href="https://www.bic.org/news/delegates-explore-needed-solidarity-and-justice-dimensions-cop-27">https://www.bic.org/news/delegates-explore-needed-solidarity-and-justic…</a></p> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="66" src="/gr/IEFlogo5.gif" width="142" /></p> <p><small>Last updated 13 November 2022</small></p> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Sun, 13 Nov 2022 10:05:05 +0000 admin 1338 at https://iefworld.org https://iefworld.org/node/1338#comments Leaves - November IEF newsletter is available https://iefworld.org/node/1322 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Leaves - November 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">10. November 2022 - 23:46</span> <div class="field field--name-subjects field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/333" hreflang="en">IEF newsletter</a></div> </div> <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="/newslt161"><strong><em>Leaves</em></strong> 24(11) November 2022</a> light text version with fewer illustrations.<br /> Download as a <a href="/fl/IEF_Leaves221115.pdf">pdf version</a> [0.6 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> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Thu, 10 Nov 2022 21:46:37 +0000 admin 1322 at https://iefworld.org https://iefworld.org/node/1322#comments IEF Webinar on CBD COP15 https://iefworld.org/node/1336 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">IEF Webinar on CBD COP15</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">9. November 2022 - 14:01</span> <div class="field field--name-subjects field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/8" hreflang="en">Biodiversity</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;"> <h2 style="text-align: center; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">CBD COP15: Countries are preparing new global goals to protect Nature –<br /> what do they mean? What is our role in achieving them?</h2> <p>15th IEF Webinar<br /> with Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen<br /> Saturday 3 December 2022</p> </div> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <h4 style=" color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">Description:</h4> <p>In this webinar, Sylvia gave a background to and brief summary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the overarching international treaty for addressing the alarming loss of biological species around the world. She outlined what member states to the convention are hoping to agree on in the upcoming important Conference of the Parties (COP15) that will be held in Montreal between 5 and 18 December. Finally, she provided reflections on the topics discussed in Montreal in light of the recent statement by the Baha’i International Community, “One Planet, One Habitation.”</p> <h4 style=" color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">Biography:</h4> <p>Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen is Associate Professor with the Public Administration and Policy Group of Wageningen University. She studies the effectiveness and legitimacy of global and multilevel sustainable development governance, and the interaction between knowledge, values, and institutions. Sylvia is a member of the Task Force on Scenarios and Models for the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and serves on the Board of Trustees of the One World Trust and the governing board of the International Environment Forum. She has a PhD in political science from Linköping University, Sweden.</p> <p>This webinar took place Saturday 3 December 2022.</p> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="66" src="/gr/IEFlogo5.gif" width="142" /></p> <p><small>Last updated 5 December 2022</small></p> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Wed, 09 Nov 2022 12:01:51 +0000 admin 1336 at https://iefworld.org https://iefworld.org/node/1336#comments Christian churches call for a New International Financial and Economic Architecture https://iefworld.org/node/1335 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Christian churches call for a New International Financial and Economic Architecture</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">8. November 2022 - 19:52</span> <div class="field field--name-subjects field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/135" hreflang="en">Economy</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;"> <h2 style="text-align: center; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">Christian churches call for a New International Financial and Economic Architecture</h2> <p>Extracts from an open letter to the Group of Twenty (G20)<br /> meeting in Bali, Indonesia 15-16 November 2022<br /> 7 November 2022</p> </div> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <p>We are on the brink of a major social crisis. Rising inequalities in terms of economic disparity linked with racial, ethnic, religious, gender and other social disparities threaten to reach a breaking point. Signs of this are already being seen worldwide, whether it is racial tensions in the USA and Europe or religious conflict in the South Asian region.</p> <p>We are amid a climate catastrophe, demanding urgent, deep-seated and concerted transformations in all sectors, including a timely shift out of fossil fuels towards affordable and renewable energy sources in ways that are respectful of Indigenous Peoples’ rights. While we previously thought we had a decade to mitigate climate change, we now know that we have even less time to stay below the relatively safe limit of 1.5 °C of warming. Climbing temperatures coupled with rising sea levels and the loss of biodiversity are having devastating impacts including on agriculture that feeds our communities. This is a matter of justice, as climate change affects the destitute, women, and Indigenous Peoples the most, though they contribute least to it.</p> <p>At the same time and undergirding both the social and climate crisis is a burgeoning debt and broader economic crisis. Amid tighter financial conditions due to the ballooning of government spending during the COVID-19 pandemic, more than half of low-income countries are currently at high risk of – if not already in – debt distress (World Bank 2022). For many of them, debt servicing – estimated at USD 43 billion in 2022 – is equivalent to half of combined food import bills and public health spending. From higher prices of basic needs to cutbacks in social support, it is always the “least among us” who shoulder the most pain of austerity.</p> <p>In addition, today we are faced with an alarming food crisis, made worse by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, adding to a set of weather-related disasters. Drought and floods joined by rising international prices of food mean increasing malnutrition and starvation. In just the last two years, the number of severely food insecure people doubled from 135 million to 276 million even as the ten richest billionaires increased their wealth from USD 700 billion to USD 1.3 trillion (WFP 2022 and Oxfam 2022). A global financial market that feeds on and encourages speculation and volatile capital flows first into and now out of developing countries has further aggravated it.</p> <p>Built on the legacies of colonialism and slavery, the prevailing economic system has profited from the exploitation of people and the planet. The model of growth that it is based on is harmful and unsustainable. While we focus today on the immediate shortages of food, fuel and shelter, in the long run this planet and its people cannot maintain this present system of production and consumption. We need an economic system that is equitable, respects planetary boundaries, involves the participation of all and nourishes the health and resiliency of our communities and ecosystems.</p> <p>If we are to “recover together” and “recover stronger” from these intertwined crises as a global community, we believe that the G20 Leaders at their Summit meeting in Bali, Indonesia on the 15 th and 16 th of November 2022 ought to pursue the following measures:</p> <p>• Adopt new economic and wellbeing indicators that deliver better outcomes for people and the planet and place them at the centre of policymaking. The goal should be ensuring wellbeing for all within planetary boundaries rather than growing gross domestic product or GDP particularly in already high-income countries.</p> <p>• Stronger rules to curb financial speculation on food, energy and other vital commodities. Financial commodity markets must be regulated to prevent disruptions which make for volatile commodity prices that do not reflect costs of production.</p> <p>• Adequate social protection for the socio-economically vulnerable (including children, the aged and those unable to work) and support to small farmers. Ensuring healthcare provision, increasing access to education for all girls and women, and expanding support to struggling families and small farmers practicing natural land regeneration and agro-ecology are critical for protecting livelihoods and helping farmers cope with rising fuel prices and fertiliser shortages.</p> <p>• An end to subsidies to giant agri-businesses and the fossil fuel industry coupled with fast-tracked and tripled investments in sustainable, community-based agricultural and renewable energy systems. In the face of climate change, the main challenge is to produce enough nutritious and affordable food while reviving biodiversity and substantially cutting greenhouse gas emissions. This entails both a redirection and a radical mobilisation of resources towards alternative food and energy models.</p> <p>• Cancellation of unsustainable debts and a moratorium on debt payments for low and middle-income countries in debt distress while their debts are being renegotiated. To prevent nations and communities from falling deeper into economic crisis and to avert future debt crises, new mechanisms such as the issuance of SDRs, debt-for-climate swaps, as well as debt restructuring models that bring all creditors to the table must be developed and implemented.</p> <p>• A stronger global effort of cooperation to realise systems of just taxation to raise resources to fund social protection systems and the public investments needed to address the climate emergency. We reiterate the calls of the ecumenical Zacchaeus Tax campaign for: wealth taxes, measures to stop tax evasion by multinational corporations and the rich, creation of an intergovernmental United Nations (UN) tax body and a UN tax convention, progressive carbon and other pollution taxes, financial transaction taxes, capital gains taxes as well as windfall taxes on oil, gas, food, pharma and other corporations that are reaping excessive gains from the current crises. These proposals developed and supported by policy research and civil society organisations offer real, effective and practical solutions to the financing gap.</p> <p>We are all interdependent in God's whole creation. Therefore, together we are called to immediate actions to transform unsustainable and deadly systems towards an economy of life for the benefit of planet earth and all humankind.</p> <hr /> <p>Authors: The call for a New International Financial and Economic Architecture or NIFEA is a collaborative ecumenical effort that brings together the World Council of Churches, the World Communion of Reformed Churches, the Lutheran World Federation, the World Methodist Council and the Council for World Mission and represents more than half a billion Christians across the world.</p> <hr /> <p>Source: <a href="https://www.oikoumene.org/sites/default/files/2022-11/NIFEA-Letter-To-G20-Leaders-Summit_07112022.pdf">https://www.oikoumene.org/sites/default/files/2022-11/NIFEA-Letter-To-G…</a></p> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="66" src="/gr/IEFlogo5.gif" width="142" /></p> <p><small>Last updated 8 November 2022</small></p> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Tue, 08 Nov 2022 17:52:41 +0000 admin 1335 at https://iefworld.org https://iefworld.org/node/1335#comments