For Baha'is among our members who are interested in discussing climate change without becoming involved in partisan political disputes, IEF member Christine Muller has just published an article for the Wilmette Institute newsletter on "How Should Bahá’ís Talk about Climate Change? Applying Recent Institutional Guidance". The link to the article is http://wilmetteinstitute.org/how-should-bahais-talk-about-climate-change/.
Challenges of Rural Sustainability in France
On 7-9 July, Arthur Dahl participated in a meeting of the Triglav Circle (http://www.triglavcircleonline.org/), which met in the Nievre Department in the Burgundy (Bourgogne) Region of central France.
IEF Toolkit for the Sustainable Development Goals
Resources that can be useful in explaining and applying the Sustainable Development Goals at the community, organization and individual levels.
The Systems Science of Disintegration and Integration
Arthur Lyon Dahl
International Environment Forum
The Wilmette Institute will again be offering an 8 week online course on Climate Change starting 15 April 2017. This is the seventh repeat of the course developed by IEF member Christine Muller (Rhode Island, USA), with Arthur Dahl (Geneva, Switzerland) and Laurent Mesbah (Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina) as supporting faculty.
Social Conditions and Economics
A summary and commentary by Arthur Lyon Dahl
on the Message of 1 March 2017 from the Universal House of Justice
A significant new message from the international governing body of the Bahá’í Faith, the Universal House of Justice, dated 1 March 2017, contains many perspectives relevant to the work of the International Environment Forum. The following summary and commentary extract some points that are of general relevance, apart from sections addressed specifically to the Baha’is of the world.
The Story of Stuff for Baha'i Youth
from Christine Muller
We are excited to share with you new study materials for Baha'i Junior Youth on the popular video The Story of Stuff.
From 1-19 March is the 19 day period of fasting for the Baha'i community during which we avoid eating and drinking etc. between sunrise and sunset. The mild discomfort this produces can be thought of as a little companion running alongside you through the day as a reminder to attend to spiritual attitudes and habits and to make the appropriate adjustments (you can't manage what you don't measure).
The Myth Gap: What Happens When Evidence and Arguments Aren't Enough?
by Alex Evans. London: Eden Project Books, Transworld (Penguin), 2017. 152 p.
Book review by Arthur Lyon Dahl
In a world in which science and technology built through rational processes have transformed our economy and lifestyle and created wealth unimaginable in the recent past, it is ironic that rational arguments and scientific evidence are not enough to influence political decisions or to change individual behaviour. This book by Alex Evans, former political advisor to the British government and the United Nations, explores why the rational approaches of climate scientists and others addressing the environmental challenges of a society hitting planetary boundaries have failed to produce the necessary change. It has important lessons for anyone working at the science-policy interface or in public education on environmental issues.