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Online: Sustainable Development and the Prosperity of Humankind

September 10 - October 28

Sustainable Development and the Prosperity of Humankind
This course is offered online by the Wilmette Institute
over 7-weeks, from September 10 to October 28.

This course explores the scientific and spiritual dimensions of sustainable development. We will learn to perceive the word prosperity from a new perspective, meaning the condition where the basic needs of all the people of the world are being met and where everyone has the opportunity to develop their full potential and is able to contribute to the well-being of humankind.

After looking at the origins and definition of sustainable development, we will study the economic, social, and environmental issues that humanity faces in achieving sustainability and discuss the spiritual principles that can help us find solutions.

We will discuss the urgent need to make a fundamental transition away from a society and economy that are threatening our planetary security. We will explore the implications of the new Sustainable Development Goals and of Agenda 2030 adopted at the United Nations. Finally, we will look at the importance of education reinforced with spiritual values as the basis for helping each of us detach ourselves from Western materialistic civilization; reexamine our present lifestyles; and begin to live more sustainably in accordance with spiritual teachings. The course materials were designed from a Baha’i perspective, but they are interfaith in spirit; people from all faiths will enjoy the spiritual approach to this vital topic.