Engage with One Planet, One Habitation

Aug 30, 2023
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“As the grave effects of surpassing planetary limits become increasingly apparent, from climate change to biodiversity loss to environmental degradation and pollution, humanity is being compelled to develop more mature, collaborative, and constructive relationships between its peoples and with the natural environment.”

Bahá’í International Community, One Planet, One Habitation: A Bahá’í Perspective on Recasting Humanity’s Relationship with the Natural World

by Christine Muller

The Baha’i International Community wrote a significant statement One Planet, One Habitation: A Bahá’í Perspective on Recasting Humanity’s Relationship with the Natural World. While it was written for public discourse on the international level, we can learn very much from it. It raises our consciousness about the importance of living in harmony with nature, both as individuals and communities, and it proposes fundamental shifts in mindsets and practical actions that can assist humankind in addressing the existential threats of the environmental crisis. It helps us grasp the complexities of the topic and explains how the concept of the spiritual nature of the human being and the principles of oneness, justice, and moderation are prerequisites for an environmentally sustainable civilization.

Each paragraph contains a wealth of profound content, but the language is not easy. Many readers may like to focus on just a section or two a day—preferably early in the day when the mind is still fresh. The statement is also great for group study, and is a great example and guide for engaging in public discourse.

Of course, public discourse will be quite different in different settings and communities. How could an inclusive, non-adversarial, and unifying approach as exemplified in the BIC statement be applied in our local efforts of public discourse? How could the statement be used wisely and who might be receptive to receiving it?

The statement is beautifully illustrated and available as a PDF file on the BIC website. One can also order printed copies from the Baha’i Book Store.

There is also a link to the text only (without the pictures).  This version is more suitable for reading and study.

For the main themes in simplified language, use this link: One Planet, One Habitation: Themes. The statement has already been translated into RomanianFrenchSpanishArabic, and German.

For study materials, go to the following web page and scroll down to One Planet One Habitation: IEF Course Materials.

Enjoy reading, reflecting, discussing, and finally applying the thoughts expressed in the statement in your daily life, in social action and public discourse!


Christine Muller, Teacher of Music and the Environment

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 also teach a course on climate change for the Environmental Sciences Department of the Baha’i Institute of Higher Education (BIHE) in Iran. I have served on the board of RI Interfaith Power&Light for more than a decade. In recent years, much of my time is spent serving the Bahá’í-inspired International Environment Forum ( as its secretary.  My formal academic background is in music, and I enjoy part-time piano teaching, playing and - when there is time - composing music. A recent composition is Humans on Earth – a Ballad of Our Time for two singers, string orchestra, piano, and percussion. Its lyrics include quotations from scientific sources and the Bahá’í Writings. Christine’s articles on BahaiTeachings.orgSee Faculty Bio


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