Bahai News - Religion a powerful tool to improve the environment

Religion a powerful tool to improve the environment

KUALA LUMPUR, Sun. - The fundamental principles of all religions acknowledge a link between the environment and their religious beliefs.

This was evident at the Second Conference of Religions for the Environment which addressed the issue of the environment with a religious slant.

The conference, held at the Rimba Ilmu Auditorium in Universiti Malaya, was themed Sustainable Development: The Spiritual Dimension, and saw six speakers voicing their common concerns and values for the environment.

They were Dr Omar Spahic who spoke on the Islamic perspective, S. Thiagarajah (Hindu), Dr John Gurusamy (Christian), Harbajan Singh (Sikh) and Yuet Mee Nambiar (Bahai).

The conference was aimed at making known the fact that religion is a powerful tool which can be utilised to bring about a positive change in human behaviour and also to create a platform for interaction.

Participants agreed that the best way to foster a better regard for the environment is by inculcating strong values and beliefs in the younger generation.

The conference was organised by the Inter-faith Spiritual Fellowship (INSaF) and the Bahai Ofice of the Environment in conjunction with the Malaysian Environment Week.

Two resolutions were adopted at the conference. These called for individuals to exert effort in safeguarding the environment for future generations, and to promote awareness of basic principles among the community at large.

INSaF is an inter-religious organisation comprising various religions in Malaysia.

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