IEF Climate Change Course Now Available in Spanish Plus French and English
Studying climate change just became easier with the translation into Spanish of the International Environment Forum’s course Scientific and Spiritual Dimensions of Climate Change. The new course is called Las dimensiones científicas y espirituales del cambio climatico. IEF member Zulay Posada from Colombia translated it as a personal project.
The Spanish version of the Climate Change course, like the French translation, contains five modules. IEF explains that the course in Spanish, like those in English and French, “are designed for self-study and use in local communities or organizations, and include instructions for facilitators, so no special training or experience is required to use them. They are excellent” for building “a shared understanding of climate change and our responsibility to respond to it among people of all religious backgrounds, and can be useful for interfaith work.”
Las dimensiones científicas y espirituales del cambio climatico is particularly timely as the IEF’s next annual conference is to be held in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, October 7–9, 2016.
The English version of the Climate Change course, Scientific and Spiritual Dimensions of Climate Change, was prepared by Christine Muller in 2009 in a Ruhi format with nine modules. It was posted on IEF site, where it is still available. In 2012 Dr. Robert H. Stockman asked Christine to prepare a course on the topic for the Wilmette Institute. Climate Change was the result, a course based on the IEF course in English, but is longer and has more resources. First offered in 2013, the Wilmette Institute’s version still remains in 2016 one of the Institute’s most popular courses.
The five-module French version—Les dimensions scientifiques et spirituelles du changement climatique—translated from the original English version, made its debut in 2015 in time for the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) held in Paris.
Climate Change (scheduled for April 17, 2017) and Sustainable Development and the Prosperity of Humankind (scheduled for September 10, 2016) are excellent resources for Bahá’í and interfaith groups aiming to add their voices and actions to the December 12, 2015, Paris Agreement’s goal of keeping global temperature rise in the twenty-first century below 2 degrees Celsius.