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Environmental care: the Bahá'í experience

Bell, R.W.ORCID: 0000-0002-7756-3755 (1994) Environmental care: the Bahá'í experience. In: Bell, R.W. and Seow, J., (eds.) The environment : our common heritage. Bahá'í Publications, Mona Vale, NSW, Australia, pp. 78-87.


As a community dedicated to "carrying forward an ever advancing civilization" that will last for at least a thousand years, the Bahá'í community clearly has a commitment to development that is sustainable. The strength of that commitment is illustrated by the following statement which links environmental care to the core of the individual's faith: "The Bahá'í commitment to the environment is fundamental to our Faith." More importantly the strength of the Bahá'í commitment to the environment is illustrated by the Bahá'í approach to establishing "a more moderate balance between material development and the requirements of the natural world" , as reflected in its initiatives relating to environmental management and care. Briefly stated, the Bahá'í approach is to take a global perspective of the environment and to view its protection in the broadest possible terms: "barriers that limit fruitful and harmonious cooperation among men and women, whatever their national, racial, or religious background" are included in the Bahá'í view of the environment. Despite its global perspective of the environment, the projects initiated by Bahá'í communities to date tend to be small scale, local activities which emphasize spiritual values, unity of effort, self-reliance and sustainability.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Research Centres and Institutes
Publisher: Bahá'í Publications
Copyright: © Association for Bahá'í Studies Australia
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