Sustaining 11 Billion People

Challenges for an Ever-Advancing Civilization

Social Transformation
7 weeks
Weekly Study
Jul 22-Sep 8
Register By
July 29, 2021

Bahá’u’lláh stated that, “All men have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization.” Based on the book ELEVEN, this course investigates issues and principles involved for individuals, communities, and institutions in contributing to a sustainable civilization with 11 billion people, the UN population projection for 2100. Given that civilization is already unsustainable, what changes are needed to ensure that humanity can advance with an additional 4 billion people? Key to this process will be an ethical revolution that will reinforce efforts to reduce humanity’s ecological footprint by seeding a new global culture. Sustaining 11 Billion People: Challenges for an Ever-Advancing Civilization shows how the principles and plans of the Bahá’í Faith directly address these fundamental concerns.

Required Text

The book Eleven by Paul Hanley must be purchased for this course. It is available as a paperback or an ebook. Please use this link to choose where to buy it from.

What will you learn?
You will learn
To investigate major trends in contemporary society that contribute to the breakdown of the world’s social and ecological order.
To investigate the cultural roots of these trends.
To identify emerging positive trends with potential to solve social-ecological problems.
To develop an understanding that the state of the ecosphere is a reflections of humanity’s inner condition and relationships.
To engender a sense of hope that humanity has the capacity to build a just and sustainable world order and that our contributions to that process can be meaningful and effective.
To relate these issues to the analysis and vision of Bahá'u'lláh and the world-wide activities of the Bahá’í community.
To engage in consultation with course participants and others on appropriate behavioural changes, at the individual and community levels, that are practical and possible in today’s context.
To gain capacity to contribute in meaningful and effective ways to social action in our communities.
Meet Your Faculty
Paul Hanley
Author, Environmental Columnist

Although I was raised in a city, I became fascinated with agriculture as a youth and decided to “drop out” and become a smallholder farmer in Saskatchewan, Canada where I grew up. I helped form the first community land trust in Canada and lived on a self-sufficient, off grid farm... See Faculty Bio

Gary Reusche, PhD
Co-Manager, Virtues Project in Ukraine; Rural Development Specialist

Gary is a social and economic development worker living in Ukraine. Combining a PhD in agricultural science with an MBA in management, he managed projects in Central America, Africa, South Asia and the ex-Soviet Union. During the past 20 years, Gary used consultation in his work and teams. While working... See Faculty Bio

Neil Whatley
Agronomist, Researcher

My life’s work has been in rural development and agriculture production. Raised on a family farm in Saskatchewan, I spent my childhood working on the farm’s crop and livestock production as well as with the farm gardens and tree belts. After high school, I spent 10 years co-managing the farm.... See Faculty Bio

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