Unlike the other traditions highlighted here, the Baha’i Faith is relatively young but still has much to offer to the environmental discussion. As Peter Adriance and Arthur Dahl tell us in the overview essay, “the Bahá’í appreciation for nature goes far beyond its utilitarian value, to see it as a significant source of knowledge at the spiritual level.” But the spiritual is intimately and essentially interconnected with pressing, practical concerns, as “from a Bahá’í Faith perspective, the problems of ecology and the environment cannot be separated from all the other problems facing the world today, and require a holistic integrated approach, both scientific and spiritual.” Thus, any Baha’i Faith discussion of the environment is essentially cross-disciplinary and also addresses issues ofgovernance, economy and inequity, and material sustainability, all at both local and global levels.
This article by Peter Adriance and Arthur Dahl was originally published in the Routledge Handbook of Religion and Ecology. It provides a brief overview of the Baha’i Faith beliefs and then situates those beliefs in direct dialogue with the current environmetal crisis.
This list of books and articles, dating from the 1980s-2012, on the Baha’i Faith and Ecology was compiled by the International Environment Forum.
The statements in this section were released by the Bahá’í International Community, with the exception of “Unity and Consultation” by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the U.S.
We are currently unaware of any active environmental projects operating within a Baha’i Faith framework. If you have a project that you believe should belong in this section, Please message our webmaster using the Contact Form.
In addition to the links in the Engaged Projects section, we have provided a brief list of additional online resources here.
This page contains links to environmentally-related excerpts from the Bahá’í Sacred Scriptures, organized thematiclly.
Header photo: the Shrine of the Báb and Bah’ai Gardens, Haifa, Israel