Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 59: The Spirituality of Climate Change [VIDEO]

Hello and welcome to the Baha’i Blogcast with me your host, Rainn Wilson.

In this series of podcasts I interview members of the Baha’i Faith and friends from all over the world about their hearts, and minds, and souls, their spiritual journeys, what they’re interested in, and what makes them tick.

In this episode, I wanted to talk about climate change and issues relating to the environment, so I’m joined via Zoom by Arthur Dahl, Christine Muller, and Afsaneh Angelina Rafii. These three Baha’is have been passionately involved in environmentalism in some way, shape, or form, and we discuss a range of issues relating to the environment including both practical, and spiritual themes that need to be addressed. I hope you enjoy this important conversation as much as I did!

My guests in this episode are:

Arthur Dahl

Arthur is President of the International Environment Forum, and a retired Deputy Assistant Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with over 50 years of international experience in environment and sustainability. He teaches in various university programmes, lectures widely, and has published many scientific papers and books.

* Arthur Dahl’s website: yabaha.net/dahl
* Books:
In Pursuit Of Hope: A Guide For The Seeker
The Eco Principle: Ecology and Economics in Symbiosis
Unless and Until: A Baha’i Focus on the Environment
Mark Tobey, Art and Belief
Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21st Century

* Baha’i Blog interview with Arthur Dahl about his book ‘In Pursuit of Hope’: In Pursuit of Hope: A Book by Arthur Lyon Dahl

* Some Wilmette Institute video presentations by Arthur Dahl:
Navigating the Storm: The Transition to Sustainability
In Pursuit of Hope in a Time of Crisis

Christine Muller

Christine is a Board Member of the International Environment Forum (IEF) and a Wilmette Institute Adjunct Lecturer, and is passionate about environmental issues and has been systemically studying climate change and sustainable development. She has given numerous talks on the environment and has a keen interest in the role spirituality can play in providing solutions.

* International Environment Forum website: iefworld.org
* The Wilmette Institute website: wilmetteinstitute.org

* Some Wilmette Institute video presentations by Christine Muller:
How Can Spiritual Principles Save the Climate?
Baha’i Perspectives on Global Risks
Climate Change: The Causes and “Solutions”

Afsaneh Angelina Rafii

Afsaneh is the creator of the Icarus Complex magazine, a printed biannual magazine and also a website, aimed at taking an in-depth look at the issues surrounding climate change and environmentalism from economic, political, legal and grassroots perspectives.

* Afsaneh Angelina Rafii’s website: www.angelinarafii.com

* Icarus Complex magazine

Here are more links to some of the things mentioned in the conversation:

  • This collection of extracts from the Baha’i Writings compiled in 1989, focuses on humanity’s understanding of its relationship to nature and its responsibility to preserve the world’s ecological balance: Conservation of the Earth’s Resources
  • Here’s a Baha’i Blog article on the harmony of science and religion: Science and Religion: Best Friends Forever
  • Check out Artic Basecamp (of which Rainn’s serving on the Board).
  • Soul Pancake series called ‘An Idiot’s Guide to Climate Change‘.
  • Elimination of extremes of wealth and poverty article: Wealth, Poverty and Spirituality
  • Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 41: Halldor Thorgeirsson
  • Arthur mentions the Baha’i International Community [BIC]: www.bic.org
  • Arthur mentions the success story of Tanna, Vanuatu, which you can learn more about below:
    – Watch this video: Resilience
    – Read this article: Baha’is of Vanuatu Begin to Rebuild After Devastating Cyclone
  • Christine mentions FUNDAEC.
  • Christine shares this quote by Baha’u’llah: “Each one of the ordinances We have revealed is a mighty stronghold for the preservation of the world of being.”
  • Afsaneh talks about the Baha’i principle of the Independent Investigation of Truth.
  • Afsaneh mentions the Baha’i Administrative Order.
  • What is the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program?
  • What is the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program? [VIDEO]
  • Artur mentions Children’s Classes
  • Arthur mentions the Baha’i principle of service to others: The Importance of Service in the Baha’i Faith
  • You can find all of our episodes here on the Baha’i Blogcast page, and be sure to ‘subscribe’ to the Baha’i Blogcast for more upcoming episodes on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and Soundcloud.

    Thanks for listening!

    -Rainn Wilson

    About the Author

    Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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