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Sustainable Development and Human Prosperity

Explore the profound implications for sustainability of our higher human purpose, and the scientific and spiritual principles to ensure the future prosperity of all humankind.

Social Transformation
11 weeks
Weekly Study
Sep 10-Nov 25
Register By
September 10, 2020
Fee: $95 (discounts available)

Many people are troubled by the poverty and suffering of people at home and abroad, concerned about the future of their children, and worried about the destruction of the environment on which their lives depend. These are the challenges of sustainable development, requiring a fundamental transformation in the economic, social and environmental actions of our lives and society. This course will explore the profound implications for sustainability of our higher human purpose, as explained in the Baha’i teachings, and the scientific and spiritual principles that can ensure the future prosperity of humankind.

Today the nations are trying to implement the 2030 Agenda agreed in 2015, including Sustainable Development Goals with detailed targets and indicators that define how to reach sustainability by 2030, leaving no one behind. We shall explore the concept of sustainability in all its dimensions, and how only an ethical and spiritual transformation as defined in the Bahá'í authoritative texts will motivate people to transform their individual lifestyles and their local communities as essential steps towards a more prosperous, equitable and sustainable future.

What will you learn?
You will learn
To explain the concept and issues behind sustainable development, how it evolved, why it is important, and how it affects people today and in the future
To discuss the UN 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals as the present global framework for action
To relate sustainability to the issues of economic development, wealth and poverty, social development, and the environment in an integrated systems perspective
To value the relevance of sustainability as a priority for communities, national governments, and the international system
To identify ways you can live more sustainably that are consistent with your own spiritual and ethical values, and to explain your choices to others
To plan ways to educate others about the material and spiritual dimensions of sustainable development
Meet Your Faculty
Arthur Dahl, PhD
President, International Environment Forum

I have always been a Bahá’í, loved nature since I was taught about it in children’s classes, and set my goal to become a Bahá’í pioneer at the conference launching the Ten-year Crusade in 1953. I was finishing my Ph.D. in marine biology in 1969 when the Santa Barbara oil... See Faculty Bio

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... See Faculty Bio

Laurent Amine Mesbah, PhD
Research & Development Director, Bloom Earth School, Sarajevo

Laurent Mesbah was born and grew up in France in a multicultural background. He did research and teaching in plant genetics at the free university in Amsterdam, the Netherlands where he completed his PhD. In addition Dr. Mesbah completed a certificated of advanced studies in Environmental Diplomacy at the University... See Faculty Bio

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