For the third year in a row, the Wilmette Institute will take part in the annual Global Climate Change Week, which is scheduled this year for October 15–21. The Institute invites the active participation of the entire Wilmette Institute community, its friends and supporters, its learners, and its faculty members. So far, 114 academic institutions worldwide have registered activities.
The Wilmette Institute’s participation, as in the past, will consist of a special forum on Moodle’s Learning Center Home Page (or click on the Wilmette Institute’s Moodle Home Page, then on Forum to Discuss Global Climate Change Week, just above Site News). On October 15, look for a message as Global Climate Change Week gets underway. The message will give you two great opportunities for becoming involved.
- The first opportunity is participating in the special forum for Global Climate Change Week on the Wilmette Institute’s Home Page. The theme for this year’s discussion is “Taking Empowering Action in Our Personal Lives.” The Wilmette Institute encourages all to join the discussion or to ask questions in this forum.
- The second opportunity is a new global interfaith initiative called Living the Change. This effort encourages all people of faith to express their love for humankind and their sense of justice in their daily decisions regarding transportation, energy use, and diet. When you click on “Make My Commitment,” you will see how the Bahá’í teachings are now also represented on their website. Living the Change encourages communities to celebrate their personal commitments with a gathering during the Week of Living the Change, October 7–14.
Global Climate Change Week, according to its website, “aims to encourage academic communities—including academics, students, and non-academic staff at universities—in all disciplines and countries to engage with each other, their communities, and policy makers on climate change action and solutions.” Living the Change calls us “to take faithful choices for a flourishing world” and to make “ a pledge to live more sustainably, and help ensure a 1.5°C future” by choosing “at least one of three high-impact areas: transportation, energy use, and diet,” each of which will “save more than 0.8 tonnes of CO2 per capita per year.”
Please check out the websites for Global Climate Change Week and for Living the Change now. Then look for more information about both in the message that will be posted on Site News on Moodle’s Learning Center Home Page on October 15. Stay tuned! Be active. Join the discussion. Make a commitment.