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Decluttering? Give Things Away!

Aug 29, 2022

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At all times, contentment and moderation, benevolence and fellow feeling, sacrifice and reliance on the Almighty are qualities that befit the God-fearing soul.

The forces of materialism promote a quite contrary line of thinking: that happiness comes from constant acquisition, that the more one has the better, that worry for the environment is for another day.

The Universal House of Justice, 1 March 2017, To the Bahá’ís of the World

by Christine Muller

Are you decluttering your home? Remember that the production of things requires precious natural resources and contributes to environmental pollution and climate change, and often to human exploitation as well. So, when you don’t need things anymore, try to find others who would appreciate them. It’s again a win-win solution—what is environmentally sound is also directly beneficial for humans.

Do you have unused clothing, bakeware or other kitchen items, plant pots, fabrics, blankets, children’s toys etc.? Give them to friends or a charitable organization that will distribute or sell them at low cost. If clothing is torn or stained, you can recycle it. However, getting rid of things should not tempt us to buy new “stuff”.

Useful Resources

The Story of Stuff” (20 minute video)

The Story of Stuff: A Baha’i-inspired Program for Youth” (website)

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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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