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Climate Conversations with Christine Muller (2020)

Jun 16, 2020

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1. Bahá’í Perspectives on Global Risks

Tuesday, March 31
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In this 5-part webinar series, presenter Christine Muller addresses the following questions:

*What are the major risks for humankind today?

*What are the conclusions of the Global Risk Report 2020 by the World Economic Forum?

*What do the Baha’i teachings say about potential future risks?

*What does this mean for us living in these critical times?

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2. Why Climate Change Matters – the Impacts of Climate Change

Tuesday, May 5
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Why does climate change matter? How does it affect us? What are its impacts on human health and well-being? The presentation will take us on a journey around the world and explain the impacts of climate change on people and nature. Increasing our knowledge about the impacts of climate change makes our belief in the oneness of humankind relevant on a deeper level. The concern and love for humankind will motivate us for meaningful action.

“O SON OF SPIRIT! The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, and neglect it not that I may confide in thee. By its aid thou shalt see with thine own eyes and not through the eyes of others, and shalt know of thine own knowledge and not through the knowledge of thy neighbor. Ponder this in thy heart; how it behooveth thee to be. Verily justice is My gift to thee and the sign of My loving-kindness. Set it then before thine eyes.” (The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh, #2)

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3. Why is the Earth Warming and What Can We Do about it?  The Causes and “Solutions”

Tuesday, May 12
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Climate change is a complex issue, and it is often misinterpreted. The presentation provides a basic introduction to the causes of global warming and what we can do to bring the Earth’s climate system back into balance. Knowledge of the causes of climate change will also make us think more deeply about the meaning of justice, the “best beloved of all things”. The discussion will focus on the many ways we can all become part of the solution.

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4. How Can Spiritual Principles Save the Climate?

Tuesday, June 9
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The Bahá’í teachings provide the spiritual foundation for humans to live in harmony with each other and with the Earth, but how can we apply specific Bahá’í teachings to climate change? Among the teachings that will be discussed are justice, truthfulness, the roles of science and religion, gender equality, the elimination of the extremes of wealth and poverty, moderation, the oneness of humankind, and the importance of spiritual development.

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5. Hope in the Face of Dire Scientific Projections

Tuesday, June 16
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What are the scientific projections for our future on a warming Earth? How quickly do we need to reduce carbon emissions to lower widespread human suffering and to keep the Earth livable for humans and other life? How can we cope with the dire scientific projections and their spiritual challenge? How can this situation provide the opportunity for individual spiritual growth and for social transformation?

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Christine Muller, Piano Teacher

Board Secretary, International Environment Forum

I was interested in environmental issues already at a young age and became a Bahá’í when I was 17, which was the beginning of a life-long study of the Bahá’í Faith. As the environmental crisis was worsening, I began to systematically study climate change at a time when not much information was easily available. I also searched the Bahá’í teachings for a spiritual solution to the climate crisis. At that time, climate change was not known to most people and there were no educational materials available. That’s why I wrote Scientific and Spiritual Dimensions of Climate Change – an Interfaith Study Course, which the International Environment Forum posted in 2009. I joined the Wilmette Institute as support faculty for its Sustainable Development course in 2011 and created its Climate Change course the following year. I served on the board of RI Interfaith Power&Light for nine years and currently serve on the board of the Bahá’í-inspired International Environment Forum (iefworld.org). My academic background is in music and I enjoy part-time piano teaching and playing music. I would have done more in the area of music were it not for the urgency of climate action, but my musical training has helped me to better understand the complexity of the climate crisis. Christine’s articles on BahaiTeachings.orgSee Faculty Bio

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