Clean water is essential for our survival, but dangerously scarce. Nearly one billion people in the world today don’t have access to clean water and 42,000 people die each week from water-borne diseases. And the issue doesn’t stop there — water availability impacts a wide variety of issues from the environment to women’s rights and from technology to fashion. If you’re unsure what to write about on October 15th, check out our list of water post suggestions to get started.
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The International Year of Biodiversity offers an unprecedented opportunity to talk about, promote and increase biodiversity protection. The Secretariat of the Convention of Biological Diversity and other United Nations Agencies have planned numerous activities to celebrate the year. Read more on the International Year of Biodiversity on the CBD IYB website.
An online study course on the Scientific and Spiritual Dimensions of Climate Change has just been made available by the International Environment Forum (IEF), a Baha’i-inspired organization addressing environment and sustainable development. Imparting a sweeping overview of both the scientific and spiritual dimensions of the issue, the free course is intended to inspire a range of appropriate actions at the grassroots level. The new course draws upon the Baha’i writings as well as the sacred scriptures of other religions, in addition to the latest scientific research. People of all faiths are encouraged to form groups to study the materials together. [Read more…]
Baha’i World News Service Story
NEW YORK — The Baha’i International Community today announced that it has become a partner in a United Nations-sponsored program to promote “generational change” to address climate change and environmental sustainability.
The program, which is co-sponsored by the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), seeks to promote lifestyle changes that will help slow global warming and other environmental problems during a seven-year period from 2010 to 2017.
“We are very pleased to join with other world religions and with the United Nations in this inspiring initiative to promote lasting change in the way people interact with the environment,” said Tahirih Naylor, a representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations.
“The significance of this effort is the manner in which it capitalizes on the strengths of faith communities – such as their strong grassroots network and the transformative power of religious belief – to address environmental problems at their foundation, which is human behavior. [Read more…]