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Climate Change and Its Ethical Challenges

Climate Change and Its Ethical Challenges

By Arthur Lyon Dahl
In The Bahá'í World, 2005-2006, Haifa: Bahá'í World Centre, 2007, pp. 157-172

Arthur Lyon Dahl examines the science of climate change and the ethical and spiritual solutions required to combat global warming.

In recent decades, scientific and technological discoveries have rapidly accelerated the dissolution of the traditional obstacles that long separated the nations and peoples of the world. At the same time, with the erosion of cultural barriers, society is undergoing a spiritual transition. The impact of improved educational standards and information technologies is increasing global awareness, and the fundamental unity of the human race is becoming increasingly apparent.

Bahá'u'lláh clearly anticipated these changes and provided an ethical framework in which to address them, but this has largely been ignored until now. However, as climate change accelerates and its implications for the future of humanity become clearer, it may become a driving force for unity since a massive world undertaking is now necessary to mitigate further global warming and to adapt to the climate change that is already underway.

What, then, are the ethical concepts and spiritual principles that are now necessary to transform society in order to make solutions to global warming possible?

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