Stories on environmental conservation and sustainable development
Although initially derided for its failure to reach a binding agreement to reduce greenhouse gases, December's United Nations Climate Change Conference has in recent months undergone a quiet reassessment, and many are now saying that in fact considerable progress was made in the fight against global warming. (December 2009-March 2010)
UNITED NATIONS — As the scientific consensus on global warming grows, it’s time to look more closely at how to share the economic, social, and humanitarian burdens that climate change will likely bring. (October-December 2007)
With the release in February of the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), there remains little doubt about the reality of global warming. (January-March 2007)
MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN,USA — Just nine years old, Eve McCowen was dwarfed by the huge piles of unwanted electronic equipment that quickly accumulated in the parking lot of the Messiah Lutheran Church on Earth Day 2006. (April-July 2006)
Faith groups gear up for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development; how a seminar in Florida reflects the Bahá'í community's global approach. (October-December 2005)
Setting out to design a new fuel efficient wood-burning stove for developing countries, Crispin Pemberton-Pigott started by imagining a “virtual forest.”
APRODEPIT, a Bahá'í-inspired non-governmental organization, stresses participation and consultation in an effort to promote conservation and community development along the Chari River.
Entrepreneur Tony Deamer shows that pure coconut oil can be used as an alternative to petroleum in automotive diesel engines. The result is an environmentally friendly fuel that might also help the local economy. (April-June 2003)
Marine scientist Austin Bowden-Kerby, inspired by Bahá'í principles on the relationship between humanity and nature, heads the innovative and successful Coral Gardens Initiative, which promotes a high level of community participation in the management of natural resources. (October-December 2002)
In India, a program for rural women emphasizes training as the key to effective use of solar cookers
JHABUA DISTRICT, Madhya Pradesh, India - Ask women bout the benefits of using solar energy for cooking in the remote districts of this central Indian state, and "saving the environment" is not necessarily the first response that comes to mind. (October-December 2002)
LONDON - At a special high-level interfaith gathering held in honor of the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, Bahá'í representatives joined with the leaders of nine other major world religions to celebrate the significant role that religions can play in caring for the environment. (October-December 2002)
At the World Summit on Sustainable Development, governments reaffirm the basic agenda of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio while stressing an urgent need to fight poverty; a new partnership with civil society is forged. (July-September 2002)
JOHANNESBURG - Representatives of the worldwide Bahá'í community were active in virtually all venues of the Johannesburg Summit, from the inter-governmental sessions at Sandton Center to informal workshops at the Civil Society Forum. But their message was nevertheless quite focused: recognize and incorporate the moral, ethical, and spiritual dimensions of sustainable development. (July-September 2002)
UNITED NATIONS - Of the major United Nations conferences in the 1990s, none captured the world's imagination like the Earth Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992. (April-June 2001 /OC 13.1)
After sacrificially contributing some $250 million over a decade, the worldwide Bahá'í community is set to open in May 2001 a series of monumental garden terraces that some are calling the "eighth wonder" of the world.
Issuing a lengthy Declaration to world leaders at the Millennium Summit, participants find they have much to say about globalization - even if they don't always agree about its impact.
PARIS - After eight years of deliberations, involving more than 100,000 people in at least 50 countries, the Earth Charter Commission issued a final version of the Earth Charter after a meeting here 12-14 March 2000.
As others consider how to achieve consensus on international issues, the process used by the drafters of the Earth Charter offers an example of how to solicit and incorporate ideas from civil society groups and prominent individuals worldwide.
In the semi-arid Kitui District, traditional women's groups are proving to be effective catalysts for sustainable development when they collaborate with knowledgeable NGOs and focus on appropriate technology. (April-June 1999 / OC 11.1)
Old traditions and erstwhile dependence on a centralized economy force an unhealthy reliance on milk and meat; a national campaign to grow more vegetables finds resonance in a grassroots gardening project. (January-March 1999 / OC 10.4)
A diplomatic gathering shows how the role of NGOs working in partnership at the local and national levels can work effectively to promote environmental principles. (April-June 1997 / OC 9.1)
UNITED NATIONS - Five years ago, after some 118 world leaders at the first "Earth Summit" in Rio de Janeiro adopted Agenda 21, a global program for environmental protection and economic development, it was greeted with banner headlines and diplomatic congratulations. (April-June 1997 / OC 9.1)
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Looking ahead to the upcoming "Earth Summit II," scheduled for June in New York, NGOs meeting in Rio de Janeiro call for an emphasis on values, issuing a new draft of the long-discussed Earth Charter. (January-March 1997 / OC 8.4)
In a special session, the Federal Chamber of Deputies honors Madame Mary Rabbani as an environmentalist and promoter of peace. (July-September 1996 / OC 8.2)
Civilization began with agriculture. When our nomadic ancestors began to settle and grow their own food, human society was forever changed. Not only did villages, towns and cities begin to flourish, but so did knowledge, the arts and the technological sciences. (July-September 1996 / OC82)
Perspective: In the long term, community-building efforts will succeed only to the extent that they link material progress to fundamental spiritual aspirations, respond to the increasing interdependence among the peoples and nations of the planet, and establish a framework within which all people can become active participants in the governance of their societies. (April-June 1996 / OC81)
Around the world, human settlements, especially the largest ones, seem instead to be incubators of crime, poverty, ill health, social alienation, and environmental pollution. The main question before the upcoming United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II), then, is this: how do we go about creating sustainable human settlements? (January-March 1996 /OC74)
Graduates of the Dorothy Baker Environmental Studies Center from four communities in Tapacari Province have organized their friends and neighbors to help build more than 2,000 small check dams during 1994 and 1995 -- dams which promise to improve the harsh environment here. (October-December 1995 / OC 7.3)
WINDSOR CASTLE, England - Leaders from nine major world religions, meeting in London to discuss conservation projects, agree to higher levels of cooperation . (April-June 1995 / OC 7.1)