Nature as a Divine Trust
For over 20 years, the Bahá’ís of the United States have worked with others to advance environmental awareness and sustainable development. Much of their inspiration comes from the Bahá’í sacred writings, which convey deep respect for the natural world and the interconnectedness of all things.
Bahá’ís view nature as a divine trust that reflects the qualities and attributes of God and thus should be cherished. As in other faith traditions, Bahá’í calls believers to be stewards of the environment.
Bahá’í teachings also stress that sustainable development depends on ethical and spiritual principles that foster economic, social and environmental well-being. Pivotal among these principles is humanity’s oneness. This unity is the fundamental spiritual and social truth shaping our age. Such a comprehensive vision of a global society is needed to inspire individuals to take responsibility for our common future.