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Music and Reflections

When God created Adam, he showedhim all the trees of the Garden ofEden and said to him:“See my works, how lovely they are,how fine they are. All I have created,I created for you. Take care not tocorrupt and destroy my universe, forif you destroy it, no one will comeafter you to put it right”Ecclesiastes, Rabbah 7 (Judaism)"We cannot segregate the human heartfrom the environment outside us andsay that once one of these isreformed everything will be improved.Man is organic with the world. His innerlife moulds the environment and isitself also deeply affected by it.The one acts upon the other and everyabiding change in the life of man isthe result of these mutual reactions“Shoghi Effendi (in letters of 1932 and 1933)


...man through the exercise of hisscientific, intellectual power ... canmodify, change and control natureaccording to his own wishes and uses.Science, so to speak, is the breaker ofthe laws of nature.Baha'i World Faith - Abdu'l-Baha Section, p. 242Surface Temperature: 2000yearsAnomaly wrt 1961 - 1990Source: Mann et al., Eos, 84, 256-258, 2003


What is Global Change?• Global-scale changes that affect thefunctioning of the Earth System• Much more than climate change• Socio-economic as well asbiophysicalFor example, changes in:• Nitrogen fixation• Temperature• Biodiversity………..Vitousek (1994)Reid & Miller (1989)(International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, Science 4, 2006)What is Global Change?For example, changes in:• Nitrogenfixation• Temperature• Biodiversity………..• Atmospherecomposition• Population• N in the coastalzone• Forest cover• FisheriesexploitationFAONOAARichards (1991), WRI (1990)Mackenzie et al (2002)U.S. Bureau of the Census(International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, Science 4, 2006)


Strange and astonishing things exist inthe earth but they are hidden fromthe minds and the understanding ofmen.These things are capable of changingthe whole atmosphere of the earthand their contamination would provelethal(Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah, p. 69)


Wert thou to speed through the immensity ofspace and traverse the expanse of heaven,yet thou wouldst find no rest save insubmission to Our command andhumbleness before Our Face.(Baha'u'llah, The Arabic Hidden Words)

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