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Haifa, Israel

A founding member of the Green Pilgrimage Network

Jalal Hatami of Bahá’í International Community and Danny Ronenof Haifa Tourist Board address the Sacred Land conference in Assisi
Haifa is one of nine cities and 22 different organisations and faiths that joined as founding members of the Green Pilgrimage Network, launched at Assisi, Italy, during ARC's Sacred Land Celebration, October 31-Nov 2, 2011. The founder members from Haifa are:

  • Bahá’í World Centre
  • The City of Haifa, Israel
  • Haifa is the third largest city in Israel. It’s visited by about 5,000 Bahá’í pilgrims each year, who come in groups every two weeks to take part in a nine-day program of visits to Bahá’í Holy Places and to meet with the international leadership of the Bahá’í faith.

    The resting place of the Báb, Prophet-Herald of the Bahá’í religion, is located in Haifa. Haifa is also the seat of administration for this international religious community - which has over 5 million followers worldwide.

    Green Pilgrimage Actions

    Princess Michael of Kent; The Hon Mrs Sara Morrison, VP Emeritus of WWF Int; ARC Secretary-General Martin Palmer; Danny Ronen of Haifa Tourist Board; Jalal Hatami of Bahá’í International Community commemorate Haifa as founder member of the Green Pilgrimage Network.
    The Bahá’í World Centre and the City of Haifa have now come together to make this Holy city more ecological by:

  • promoting the use of public transport among all citizens;
  • improving the management of scarce resources like energy and water;
  • reducing waste and encouraging recycling;
  • and encouraging restaurants and hotels to be faith-consistent in their provision for pilgrims.

    Useful links

    Haifa - Baha'i Green Pilgrimage Theology Statement

    Download the full Green Pilgrimage Network handbook here

    Visit the Baha'i World Centre website here

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