International Environment Forum - A Bahá'í inspired organization for environment and sustainability https://iefworld.org/ en Leaves - January IEF newsletter is available https://iefworld.org/node/255 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Leaves - January 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">16. January 2021 - 19:08</span> <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="/newslt139"><strong><em>Leaves</em></strong> 23(1) January 2021</a> light text version with fewer illustrations.<br /> Download as a <a href="/fl/IEF_Leaves210115.pdf">pdf version</a> [466 kb].</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> Sat, 16 Jan 2021 17:08:08 +0000 admin 255 at https://iefworld.org https://iefworld.org/node/255#comments It’s time to make peace with nature https://iefworld.org/node/1108 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">It’s time to make peace with nature</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 2020 - 17:02</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;"> <h2 style="text-align: center; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">It’s time to make peace with nature</h2> <p>UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, address at Columbia University<br /> 2 December 2020</p> </div> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <p>The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has described the fight against the climate crisis as the top priority for the 21st Century, in a passionate, uncompromising speech delivered on Wednesday at Columbia University in New York.</p> <p>The landmark <a href="/dgutteres20">address</a> marks the beginning of a month of UN-led climate action, which includes the release of major reports on the global climate and fossil fuel production, culminating in a climate summit on 12 December, the fifth anniversary of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.</p> <h3 style=" color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">Nature always strikes back</h3> <p>Mr. Guterres began with a litany of the many ways in which nature is reacting, with “growing force and fury”, to humanity’s mishandling of the environment, which has seen a collapse in biodiversity, spreading deserts, and oceans reaching record temperatures.</p> <p>The link between COVID-19 and man-made climate change was also made plain by the UN chief, who noted that the continued encroachment of people and livestock into animal habitats, risks exposing us to more deadly diseases.</p> <p>And, whilst the economic slowdown resulting from the pandemic has temporarily slowed emissions of harmful greenhouse gases, levels of carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane are still rising, with the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere at a record high. Despite this worrying trend, fossil fuel production – responsible for a significant proportion of greenhouse gases – is predicted to continue on an upward path.</p> <h3 style=" color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">‘Time to flick the green switch’</h3> <p>The appropriate global response, said the Secretary-General, is a transformation of the world economy, flicking the “green switch” and building a sustainable system driven by renewable energy, green jobs and a resilient future.</p> <p>One way to achieve this vision, is by achieving net zero emissions. There are encouraging signs on this front, with several developed countries, including the UK, Japan and China, committing to the goal over the next few decades.</p> <p>Mr. Guterres called on all countries, cities and businesses to target 2050 as the date by which they achieve carbon neutrality – to at least halt national increases in emissions - and for all individuals to do their part.</p> <p>With the cost of renewable energy continuing to fall, this transition makes economic sense, and will lead to a net creation of 18 million jobs over the next 10 years. Nevertheless, the UN chief pointed out, the G20, the world’s largest economies, are planning to spend 50 per cent more on sectors linked to fossil fuel production and consumption, than on low-carbon energy.</p> <h3 style=" color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">Put a price on carbon</h3> <p>For years, many climate experts and activists have called for the cost of carbon-based pollution to be factored into the price of fossil fuels, a step that Mr. Guterres said would provide certainty and confidence for the private and financial sectors.</p> <p>Companies, he declared, need to adjust their business models, ensuring that finance is directed to the green economy, and pension funds, which manage some $32 trillion in assets, need to step and invest in carbon-free portfolios.</p> <p>Far more money, continued the Secretary-General, needs to be invested in adapting to the changing climate, which is hindering the UN’s work on disaster risk reduction. The international community, he said, has “both a moral imperative and a clear economic case, for supporting developing countries to adapt and build resilience to current and future climate impacts”.</p> <h3 style=" color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">Everything is interlinked</h3> <p>The COVID-19 pandemic put paid to many plans, including the UN’s ambitious plan to make 2020 the “super year” for buttressing the natural world. That ambition has now been shifted to 2021, and will involve a number of major climate-related international commitments.</p> <p>These include the development of a plan to halt the biodiversity crisis; an Oceans Conference to protect marine environments; a global sustainable transport conference; and the first Food Systems Summit, aimed at transforming global food production and consumption.</p> <p>Mr. Guterres ended his speech on a note of hope, amid the prospect of a new, more sustainable world in which mindsets are shifting, to take into account the importance of reducing each individual’s carbon footprint.</p> <p>Far from looking to return to “normal”, a world of inequality, injustice and “heedless dominion over the Earth”, the next step, said the Secretary-General, should be towards a safer, more sustainable and equitable path, and for mankind to rethink our relationship with the natural world – and with each other.</p> <hr /> <p>Source: <a href="https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/12/1079032">https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/12/1079032</a><br /> You can read the full speech <a href="/dgutteres20">here</a>, and in multiple languages on the UN site <a href="https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2020-12-02/secretary-generals-address-columbia-university-the-state-of-the-planet-scroll-down-for-language-versions">here</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 2020</small></p> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Tue, 08 Dec 2020 15:02:10 +0000 admin 1108 at https://iefworld.org https://iefworld.org/node/1108#comments Scientists' Warnings: Affluence https://iefworld.org/node/1106 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Scientists&#039; Warnings: Affluence</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">7. December 2020 - 0:09</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h2 style="text-align: center; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">Scientists' Warnings: Affluence</h2> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <p>After a "World Scientists' Warning to Humanity in 1992, the Alliance of World Scientists (<a href="https://scientistswarning.forestry.oregonstate.edu/">https://scientistswarning.forestry.oregonstate.edu/</a>) issued a "World Scientists’ Warning: Second Notice" in 2017, and a "Scientists' Warning of a Climate Emergency" in 2019 (<a href="https://www.scientistswarning.org/">https://www.scientistswarning.org/</a>). Now they are collecting scientific papers with a narrow focus on specific aspects of the climate emergency (<a href="https://www.scientistswarning.org/journal-articles-of-scientists-warning/">https://www.scientistswarning.org/journal-articles-of-scientists-warnin…</a>).</p> <p>A particularly important new paper recently published in <i>Nature Communications</i> is <b>Scientists' Warning on Affluence</b> by Thomas Wiedmann et al. (<a href="https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-16941-y">https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-16941-y</a>) that demonstrates that the most significant driver of unsustainability is the high-consumption lifestyle associated with wealth and affluence, and is not compensated by technological innovations of the green economy. There is no way that we can turn the corner towards a more environmentally and socially sustainable society and avoid the climate and biodiversity catastrophes without a significant reduction in consumer lifestyles and an associated reduction in the GDP of Western economies, with all the implications for job losses and structural changes in the present economic paradigm. The paper reviews the extensive academic literature on alternatives and suggests important questions requiring further research. In emphasizes rethinking communities from the bottom up and promoting simplicity in material lifestyles much in keeping with Baha'i principles.</p> <p>&nbsp;</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 6 December 2020</small></p> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-blog-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Blog tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/265" hreflang="en">Economy, Sustainability, Wealth</a></div> </div> </div> Sun, 06 Dec 2020 22:09:01 +0000 Arthur Dahl 1106 at https://iefworld.org https://iefworld.org/node/1106#comments Global Governance and Sustainability https://iefworld.org/node/1105 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Global Governance and Sustainability</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">6. December 2020 - 16:20</span> <div class="field field--name-subjects field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/51" hreflang="en">Governance</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);">Global Governance and Sustainability</h2> <p>IEF webinar 6 December 2020</p> </div> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;"> <p>The International Environment Forum organized its first webinar on 6 December, with IEF President Arthur Dahl speaking on <a href="https://youtu.be/b5caXBN_lck%20"><b>Global Governance and Sustainability</b></a>.</p> <p>Many of today's existential threats including climate change, biodiversity loss, resource depletion, and mass population displacements are interrelated and can only be managed effectively at the global level. Yet, present mechanisms for global environmental governance are woefully inadequate to the need for urgent action all around the world. The good efforts of some are neutralized if not reversed by the contrary actions of others. We shall explore recent proposals for global governance for the 21st century that could finally manage the necessary transition to sustainability while embodying the principles of world federalism and the oneness of humanity.</p> <p>The YouTube recording can be seen <a href="https://youtu.be/b5caXBN_lck">here</a>. The full text of the paper is available <a href="/ddahl20i_gov">here</a>.</p> <p>His powerpoint presentation with the main content can be downloaded <a href="/fl/IEFgovernance.pdf">here</a>.</p> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/gr/IEFlogo5.gif" width="142" height="66"></p> <p><small>Last updated 15 December 2020</small></p> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Sun, 06 Dec 2020 14:20:58 +0000 admin 1105 at https://iefworld.org https://iefworld.org/node/1105#comments The Spirituality of Climate Change https://iefworld.org/node/1104 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The Spirituality of 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">3. December 2020 - 11:49</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"><h2> The Spirituality of Climate Change</h2> <p>On 3 December 2020, the Baha'i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson released a video Episode 59: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJwTJr0yorA"><strong>The Spirituality of Climate Change</strong></a>, featuring IEF members Christine Muller, Arthur Dahl and Afsaneh Angelina Rafii, as well as an <a href="https://soundcloud.com/bahaiblogcast/the-spirituality-of-climate-change">audio blog</a> (1 hour 8 minutes).</p> <p><img src="/gr/IEFlogo5.gif" height="66" width="142" /></p> <p>Last updated 3 December 2020</p></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Thu, 03 Dec 2020 09:49:24 +0000 admin 1104 at https://iefworld.org https://iefworld.org/node/1104#comments Ecocide to be defined https://iefworld.org/node/1103 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Ecocide to be defined</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">18. November 2020 - 18:44</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h2 style="text-align: center; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);"> Ecocide to be defined</h2> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <p>An expert drafting panel is to prepare a legal definition of “ecocide” as a potential international crime that could sit alongside War Crimes, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, in the context of a new global threat: the climate and biodiversity crisis. Launching with preparatory work this month, and set to draft the definition over the early months of 2021, the panel has been convened by the Stop Ecocide Foundation on the request of interested parliamentarians from governing parties in Sweden.</p> <p>The concept of criminalising mass damage and destruction of ecosystems or “ecocide” at a global level has been steadily gaining traction in recent months since small island states Vanuatu and the Maldives called for “serious consideration” of it at the International Criminal Court’s annual Assembly of States Parties in December last year. President Macron of France has actively promised to champion the idea and the newly formed Belgian government has pledged diplomatic action to support it. Now an impressive list of top international and environmental lawyers will be tackling how best to define it. The co-chairs of the panel are international lawyer Philippe Sands QC, a leading specialist on international public and environmental law, and Justice Florence Mumba, a judge at the ECCC (Khmer Rouge Tribunal) and former supreme court judge in Zambia.</p> <p>The aim is to harness the power of international criminal law to protect our global environment. Seventy five years ago, ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘genocide’ were first defined in Nuremberg. The panel will draw on experience since that day to forge a definition that is practical, effective and sustainable, and that might attract support to allow an amendment to the ICC Statute to be made. An international crime of ecocide could allow individual/State responsibility to be regulated to achieve balance for the survival of both humanity and nature. There have been working definitions of ‘ecocide’ over the years and the general concept - of mass damage and destruction of ecosystems - is reasonably well understood. The text that emerges over the coming months to be proposed at the ICC must be both clear and legally robust. There is now a recognition in the legal world that Ecocide can, and perhaps should, be considered alongside Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity as one of the ‘most serious crimes of concern to humanity as a whole’.</p> <p>Source: based on Stop Ecocide press release of 17 November 2020: <a href="https://www.stopecocide.earth/press-releases-summary/top-international-lawyers-to-draft-definition-of-ecocide">https://www.stopecocide.earth/press-releases-summary/top-international-…</a></p> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <p><img src="/gr/IEFlogo5.gif" height="66" width="142"></p> <p><small>Last updated 18 November 2020</small></p> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Wed, 18 Nov 2020 16:44:25 +0000 admin 1103 at https://iefworld.org https://iefworld.org/node/1103#comments Renewing Peace: Governance Befitting an Evolving World https://iefworld.org/node/1101 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Renewing Peace: Governance Befitting an Evolving World</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">3. November 2020 - 15:04</span> <div class="field field--name-subjects field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/70" hreflang="en">United Nations</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/96" hreflang="en">Peace</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);">Renewing Peace: Governance Befitting an Evolving World</h2> <p>Bahá'í International Community<br /> One hour video roundtable for Geneva Peace Week<br /> 2-6 November 2020</p> </div> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <p>“<a href="/2020bic_UN75">A Governance Befitting</a>”, the Baha’i International Community’s statement on the 75th anniversary of the creation of the United Nations, has at its heart the principle that cooperation between nations must deepen significantly if the world is to meet its pressing challenges in the years ahead.</p> <p>The BIC roundtable discussion on this statement for Geneva Peace Week (2-6 November 2020), held with economist Dr. Augusto Lopez-Claros, international lawyer Maja Groff, and environmental sciences expert Dr. Arthur Dahl, from the Global Governance Forum, the latter two also members of the International Environment Forum, explores the oneness and interdependence of the human family that is essential to global progress. Their discussion, with Simin Fahandej, Representative of the Bahá'í International Community to the United Nations in Geneva, promotes an appreciation of diversity as the underpinning of unified action, the ability for the international community to learn together without fear of failure, the need to prioritise the common good over particular interests, and the moral assumptions that must be considered with every policy decision.</p> <p>The video can be viewed at <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HmaNDbTtVQ">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HmaNDbTtVQ</a>, and on the Geneva Peace Week website at <a href="https://eu.eventscloud.com/website/3030/digital-series-how-to-build-peace/">https://eu.eventscloud.com/website/3030/digital-series-how-to-build-pea…</a>. See also the story of 11 November 2020 from the <a href="https://news.bahai.org/story/1465/">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 12 November 2020</small></p> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Tue, 03 Nov 2020 13:04:54 +0000 admin 1101 at https://iefworld.org https://iefworld.org/node/1101#comments Creating Built Environments https://iefworld.org/node/1100 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Creating Built Environments</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">2. November 2020 - 19:05</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;"> <h2 style="text-align: center; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">Creating Built Environments</h2> <p><b><i>Creating Built Environments: Bridging Knowledge and Practice Divides</i></b><br /> by Roderick J. Lawrence, New York and London: Routledge, 2021. 241 p.</p> <p>Book review by Arthur Dahl</p> </div> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <p>With half the world population living in cities, one might think that we are good at building cities for people. Unfortunately, many of our social, economic, environmental and health problems are created or aggravated by poor urban design. Humans are among a small number of species that create their own living environment, along with coral reefs and colonial insects, so this is not something beyond our control. We have no excuse not to do better.</p> <p>Finally, Professor Roderick J. Lawrence from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, has written a book that tackles this problem head-on. In <i>Creating Built Environments: Bridging Knowledge and Practice Divides</i>, Professor Lawrence has drawn on a lifetime of practical and academic experience to diagnose the causes of disfunctional communities and to propose new transdisciplinary approaches to urban design and renovation bringing together designers, planners, academics, politicians and the people most affected, the urban inhabitants themselves. Importantly, he emphasises the moral and ethical dimension in ensuring the human right to good housing, good health and contact with nature. Today, too many decisions are taken for partisan or ideological reasons, to respond to the pressures of foreign investors, to maximise private sector profits at the expense of public services, or to inflate egos with prestige projects.</p> <p>I have know Roderick for a quarter century, since I helped him initiate a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Sustainable Development at the University of Geneva, and it is rare to find someone in academia so attached to breaking down barriers between disciplines. In this book, he combines the approaches of systems thinking with many practical examples to show that, while many solutions must be site-specific, we already have most of the tools and processes to do a much better job of building cities and communities for people.</p> <p>The first part of the book considers five strategic domains. In "<b>Constructing With Nature in Mind</b>", the importance of the environmental dimension and the role of nature in urban life are described, including the systems perspective and the role of fundamental values that I explored in my book "<i>The Eco Principle: Ecology and Economics in Symbiosis</i>" (Dahl, 1996), and as developed in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Practical examples in Malaysia, Singapore, Korea and Taiwan illustrate how nature can be incorporated into urban areas. The second domain is "<b>Planning for Health and Well-being</b>", taking a comprehensive approach to healthy cities and people-health-environment interactions, including adapting to the needs of an ageing population. Next is "<b>Food for Thought</b>" showing the impacts of a urban diet increasingly dependent on highly-processed industrialised food associated with non-communicable diseases like obesity, heart disease and cancer. It proposes urban farming and designing built environments for local food production, with social as well as health benefits. In "<b>Housing Matters for All</b>", the challenges of affordable housing and environmentally-sustainable building are reviewed, with case studies from Stockholm and Zurich. The final strategic domain, "<b>Creating Incremental and Radical Change</b>", addresses the dynamics of changing human needs in cities and the lessons learned from past failures such as large housing estates. It emphasises the social dimension which has often been ignored in past planning.</p> <p>The second part of the book explores conceptual and methodological foundations, such as human ecology, bridging knowledge and practical divides, and transdisciplinary methods. Overall, Professor Lawrence delivers five key messages:<br /> • built environments and infrastructure in cities, and all the activities they contain, are sources of persistent ecological, economic and social problems, but also have high potential for innovative change and alternative responses;<br /> • built environments are key components of urban and economic development, both conventional production and consumption and innovation, and should address global challenges and implement the Sustainable Development Goals;<br /> • researchers and practitioners in the field of the built environment should reconsider their core competences and their moral responsibility in defining effective responses to global challenges in specific situations and localities;<br /> • the growing number of achievements by community associations, citizens and other enterprises in the associative sector are complementary to contributions by both the public and private sectors, and should benefit from the knowledge and know-how of practitioners and policy-makers as well as local populations;<br /> • sharing conceptual/theoretical frameworks and methodological/practical approaches between researchers and practitioners will be beneficial for a broader understanding of, and coordinated response to, complex urban challenges.</p> <p><i>Creating Built Environments</i> should be widely read by all those - professionals, decision-makers and concerned citizens - who want to address the pressing urban problems of today and build for a better tomorrow.</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 2 November 2020</small></p> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-blog-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Mon, 02 Nov 2020 17:05:32 +0000 Arthur Dahl 1100 at https://iefworld.org https://iefworld.org/node/1100#comments Thank God for Science https://iefworld.org/node/1099 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Thank God for Science</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">2. November 2020 - 0:21</span> <div class="field field--name-subjects field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/60" hreflang="en">Science</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h2 style="text-align: center; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);"> Thank God for Science</h2> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <p>On 25 October 2020, IEF member Dr. Ashiyan Rahmani of California State University, East Bay, gave a webinar on "Thank God for Science" as one of the weekly OZ Whitehead Firesides in the United Kingdom. Dr. Rahmani used the example of his own Ph.D. dissertation research in Fiji to illustrate how science and religion could be complementary and mutually reinforcing. His research looked at how modern communications technologies helped Fijian women to overcome their traditional isolation and lack of empowerment, and supported climate change resiliency and social change, in research inspired by the Bahá'í concept of gender equality. Through the Bahá'í community in Fiji, he was able to be accepted as more than an outside researcher. Many spiritual principles were incorporated into his research design and the interpretation of the results. The result was both academically interesting and of practical benefit to the women and communities concerned in a spirit of reciprocity. The video recording is available at <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tfj90kQYXY">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tfj90kQYXY</a>.</p> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <p><img src="/gr/IEFlogo5.gif" height="66" width="142"></p> <p><small>Last updated 1 November 2020</small></p> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Sun, 01 Nov 2020 22:21:47 +0000 admin 1099 at https://iefworld.org https://iefworld.org/node/1099#comments Bahá'í International Community launches UN75 statement https://iefworld.org/node/1098 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bahá&#039;í International Community launches UN75 statement</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">27. October 2020 - 18:09</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;"> <h2 style="text-align: center; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">Bahá'í International Community launches UN75 statement</h2> <p>22 October 2020</p> </div> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <p>Anticipating the 75th anniversary of the day the United Nations was brought into being on 24 October 1945, the Bahá’í International Community (BIC) hosted an event to launch a statement marking the occasion, drawing some 200 participants from across the international and diplomatic communities. IEF members Maja Groff and Arthur Dahl were among those contributing. You can view the video of the event (1:21:15) here: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lFbmB3XZWg">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lFbmB3XZWg</a></p> <p>Again, for Geneva Peace Week on 2-6 November, the Bahá'í International Community prepared a one-hour video with a round-table discussion on the statement from Augusto Lopez-Claros, Maja Groff and Arthur Dahl of the Global Governance Forum, the latter two also members of the International Environment Forum, which can be seen at <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HmaNDbTtVQ">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HmaNDbTtVQ</a>, and on the Geneva Peace Week website at <a href="https://eu.eventscloud.com/website/3030/digital-series-how-to-build-peace/">https://eu.eventscloud.com/website/3030/digital-series-how-to-build-pea…</a>.</p> <p>For a a detailed review of the statement in a Bahá'í context, see the O.Z. Whitehead (UK) fireside with Arthur Dahl on 8 November 2020 at <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIbYLvl6dWM">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIbYLvl6dWM</a></p> <p>The full statement <i>A Governance Befitting: Humanity and the Path Toward a Just Global Order</i> is <a href="/2020bic_UN75">here</a>. This short <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGDkCcS4R0E&amp;feature=youtu.be">film</a> is a brief introduction to the themes in that statement.</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 18 November 2020</small></p> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Tue, 27 Oct 2020 16:09:14 +0000 admin 1098 at https://iefworld.org https://iefworld.org/node/1098#comments