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Living the Golden Rule: transition to a clean energy economy

Feb 27, 2023 flyer, with the injunction to

by Christine Muller

Faith Climate Action Week 2023

Interfaith Power & Light’s Faith Climate Action Week 2023 will take place April 14-23. So, there is plenty of time to plan for public discourse, social action or community-building activities related to Earth Stewardship! This year’s theme is Living the Golden Rule: Just transition to a clean energy economy. It encourages that “we examine our responsibility to transition to energy sources that safeguard our common home, and how our faiths call us to respond with just solutions for all.” 

This is also an excellent opportunity to spread the statement of the Bahá’í International Community One Planet, One Habitation: A Bahá’í Perspective on Recasting Humanity’s Relationship with the Natural World.

Some practical ideas:

·      A community-wide conversation about Living the Golden Rule: Just transition to a clean energy economy

·      Study classes of the BIC Statement One Planet, One Habitation: A Bahá’í Perspective on Humanity’s Relationship with the Natural World

for a text edition suitable for study go here, for other study materials go here (just scroll down)

·      A community nature walk (perhaps read some quotations from the Bahá’í Writings on Nature or from the BIC statement on the way)

·      A children’s or youth class on nature (

·      Plant a tree as a community

·      Start a herb garden at your Bahá’í Center

·      Do an energy audit for your home or Bahá’í Center


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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