Learning Centre on Sustainability


The IEF Learning Centre is a place for you to start learning about the
environment, climate change and sustainable development,
and also to find resources that you can use to teach others.


IEF Approach to Social Action

Course Materials
Courses and training materials for local use or adaptation

Materials for children and junior youth
Educational materials and activities on nature and the environment

Group Exercises on Sustainable Development and Spirituality
Activities to create interest and motivation for local groups and communities

Devotional Programmes
Devotional materials on themes of environment and sustainability

Case studies
Practical activities that are bringing more sustainability

Things you can do
Practical suggestions for changing your lifestyle

Webinars and videos by IEF members on themes of environment and sustainable development

UNESCO Global Action Programme
successor to the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014
Access to resources and activities concerning this UNESCO-led effort.

A page introducing indicators of sustainability
and some of the most important activities in this area

Presentations and recordings on sustainable development
Presentations (powerpoints) and audio recordings to inspire and educate
(large files)

Baha'i writings on sustainable development
A compilation of quotations by sustainability topics
also available in French [français]

IEF Sustapedia
An encyclopedia of environment and sustainable development (not updated)

Reading list
Suggested books for further reading

Useful materials on sustainability from other sites


The course materials on this website have been developed with as objective
a science base as possible for different social and cultural contexts,
but no one course will be suitable everywhere. It is important to read your
own reality and to decide if all or parts of any one course are suitable,
adapting them to your own context, or creating new, more appropriate course
materials yourself. If you do develop your own courses and would like to share
them more widely, please do send them to info@iefworld.org

Short do-it-yourself course on sustainable development
A course in 6 modules that you can study at your own pace

Scientific and Spiritual Dimensions of Climate Change
An Interfaith Study Course in 9 classes

Les dimensions scientifiques et spirituelles du changement climatique
A French Interfaith Study Course in 5 classes
Un cours interreligieux en français en 5 modules

Las dimensiones científicas y espirituales del cambio climatico (pdf)
A Spanish Interfaith Study Course in 5 classes
Una clase entrereligiosa en español en 5 modulos

Environment and Spirituality
Versions in English and French
A workshop or course in four units with Bahá'í teachings on the environment and spirituality, especially those of 'Abdu'l-Bahá
Un cours en français sur les enseignements baha'is sur l'environnement et la spiritualité, surtout ceux d'Abdu'l-Bahá

Preparing for Public Discourse
Five presentations on how to prepare for public discourse about the environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainability,
the need for global governance, and discourse in your local community

One Planet - One Habitation

2022 Bahá'í International Community statement giving a Bahá'í perspective on recasting our relationship with the natural world,
presentations available for study as pdf or ppt in different formats:
Full text with boxes and additional content, single presentation in 125 slides as: pdf or ppt
Full text divided into four classes: part 1 pdf or ppt, part 2 pdf or ppt, part 3 pdf or ppt, part 4 pdf or ppt
Text of statement without additional material: pdf or ppt
Introduction to the statement and its content: pdf or ppt
Statement in BIC brochure format as presentation: pdf or ppt
Summary of the main themes in simplified language as presentation: pdf or ppt
or summary text as a web page, pdf or doc
Simplified text in seven presentations for older children and junior youth

The Story of Stuff: A Baha'i-inspired Program for Youth
Six units on responsible consumption to accompany the famous video 2018

Biodiversity Values Assessment Study Guide
134 slide presentation in pdf (10 mb), with the main messages of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Biodiversity Values Assessment Summary for Policy-Makers 2022 (see more here).

Values-based learning and indicators for education for responsible living and sustainability
Three toolkits for students, teachers and secondary schools
created with the Partnership for Education and Research about Responsible Living (PERL) 2015

Rural Environmental Management training materials
Simple materials for use in rural areas of developing countries
in 40 modules for community use or self instruction


Group exercises on Education for Sustainable Development and Spirituality
Selected texts from Engaging People in Sustainability and the Baha'i writings

Community Materials on Climate Change
Prepared by the United States Baha'i Community for the Preach-in on Global Warming 2011
including Devotional Readings and supplemental materials for Junior Youth and Children's Classes

Families as Agents of Change:
Collectively Advancing Efforts to Build a Just and Sustainable Society

Baha'i Writings and passages for five days of study, prepared by the U.S. Baha'i Community, 2015

Spiritual Reflections
Two part programme of inspiring stories of Baha'is, and quotations from Baha'u'llah
originally used at the 9th IEF Conference


Presentations combining beautiful photographs and texts from sacred scriptures
and other writings, suitable for opening meetings or creating a meditative atmosphere.
A musical accompaniment could be added, and the texts read out loud

Reflections on Creation (5.3mb)
prepared by Peter Adriance

Devotional about Richard St.Barbe Baker, "Man of the Trees" (7.8mb)
prepared for the 11th IEF Conference

Other Devotional Materials


Last updated 29 March 2023