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February 2014: Baha'i representative supports carbon pollution standards in US On February 6, 2014, Peter Adriance, the Representative for Sustainable Development for the Baha’is of the United States, was one of several representatives of faith communities who spoke in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon pollution standards for new power plants. You can read his presentation here.

October 2011: Baha'i authority presents spiritual arguments for sustainability Edwin Humphries presents 'Spiritual Foundations for Sustainability' at the "Environmental Ethics" forum, organised by the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change at the University of Western Sydney, Parramatta Campus. Here is a video of his presentation:

June 2010: Baha'i launch seven year environmental plan The Baha'i's have made a seven year plan to help protect the living planet, which was launched at the Windsor Celebration in November last year. To view this (and other) long term commitments link here.

March 2009: Baha'i website launched A new website has been launched in Israel dedicated to the Baha'i Gardens in Haifa and Akko. The website provides details about tours, hours, and the gardens themselves, as well as information about visiting the Shrine of Baha'u'llah in Acre and the Shrine of the Bab in Haifa. The shrines are the resting places of the founders of the Baha'i Faith. Last summer the Baha'i Gardens were placed on UNESCO's World Heritage List - in recognition of their "outstanding universal value" as holy places and places of pilgrimage for the followers of the Baha'i Faith. The Gardens receive over half a million visitors a year. To read more details about the launch of the new website, link to the Batha'i World News Service and to visit the Baha'i Gardens website, link here.

February 2009: Baha'i commit to creating environmental action plan The Baha'i community's International Environment Forum has agreed to create a Seven Year Plan of Action on Climate Change and the Natural Environment using the ARC/UNDP guidelines as its original inspiration. The plan will be designed to reflect certain general principles that are important for the Baha'i community, and in line with the community's approach to social and economic development whereby it is for each community to determine its goals and priorities in keeping with its capacity and resources. The Plan will therefore inform and enable rather than impose centrally-determined goals, and given the diversity of situations around the world, will encourage innovation and a variety of approaches to environment appropriate to the rhythm of life in the community. Seven Year Plans are particularly auspicious within the Baha'i faith, as in 1937, in the middle of a recession, the first Baha'i Seven Year Plan was initiated "aimed at a spiritual recovery within the context of a world-redeeming order". For more news of Seven Year Plan, please link here.

September 2008: Baha'i join in multi faith protest over Pacific environmental degradationThe Climate Institute has reported on a visit to Australia by Pacific Church representatives in August 2008. The visit coincided with 39 leaders from multi-faith groups who signed an open letter calling for action to address the destruction caused by climate change. The open letter was signed in a collaboration with the research organisation, the Climate Institute, and representatives from the Baha’i, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist faiths. Link here for more details.

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