A Personal Journey Aided by Climate Change 2018 Course

Climate Change 2018
Faculty: Christine Muller, Arthur Lyon Dahl, Laurent Mesbah

Andrew Scott, from Tunbridge Wells in the United Kingdom, sounds like a lot of us. There is never enough time to read everything he wants to read or to write as much as he would like. When he began the course, he had decided that “traditional modes of governance and resource distribution” were “vulnerable and failing” and that those who “depend on them are in grave danger.” What is needed, he wrote, is “decreasing demand,” “increasing resilience,” and “practical action” to “provide the groundwork for a transformed community life.” He had already decided to engage in agro-forestry and a mixed economy to grow food locally, in passivhaus principles (google the term), and transform his life of the last fifteen to twenty years. As he came to the end of Climate Change 2018, it was clear that was already on a never-ending journey. He wanted to spend six hours on his assessment of what he had learned, but below is what he wrote in thirty minutes.—THE EDITORS

What I Learned in the Climate Change Course.

  • I plan to use the Grace Period in the course to work on and deliver a project, which I have decided to center on the radical actions an individual can commit to and complete to promote spiritual growth through increasing resilience and mitigating climate change.
  • My conversations with key individuals in my life have been vastly enriched as a consequence of having read, meditated on, and integrated the learning material in this course and shared by participants.

My New Understandings and Insights

  • A growing appreciation of the centrality and purpose of the Universal House of Justice and its place in the Covenant of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.
  • An understanding of how service by the individual and the community to humanity through the principles of the Bahá’í Faith are key to tackling the challenge of climate change.
  • A much better understanding and appreciation of the motivations I have for making needed changes to my life.
  • The deep and vital connections between who we are and what we do and the effect they have on others.

My Improved Skills

  • A much improved ability to communicate about climate change, in ways that relate to the concerns of individuals and, as a consequence, of discussing other topics.

My New Feelings and Attitudes

  • A decision to make study of climate change in some capacity the next phase of my professional life.
  • A much stronger determination to make changes in my life because I can now understand more clearly why I am making them and don’t feel so caught in moral dilemmas.
  • A feeling that the life of the spirit is a Towering Refuge from the cares and trials of this world.

Changes in My Values and Beliefs

  • A direct strengthening of deep appreciation of the links between who we are, and our purpose in existence, and outward concerns like global warming and climate change.

My Applications of What I Have Learned

  • Although the formal course may be coming to an end, its lessons for life never end. In that way I continue to journey on the course.


You may want to start planning your own journey as far as climate change is concerned:
Sustainable Development and the Prosperity of Humankind 2018 – September 1, 2018
Climate Change 2019 – April 2019

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