When I heard that a 16-year-old Scandinavian girl was crossing the ocean in a sailboat to speak at the United Nations Climate Summit, my first thought was, “Who is this girl?” My second thought: “It must be Greta Thunberg!”

Nor is it surprising to hear that every city has scores of Gretas, and whole groups of high schoolers and middle schoolers who wish to educate us on climate change.

They are trying to visualize a future with big changes coming. And to get us ready for change.

These children are here to illustrate a Baha’i Principle - “Let deeds, not words, be your adorning.” Baha’is worldwide can understand the courage of Greta and her associates.

For decades, Baha’is have worked with international boards, think tanks, universities and youth groups to make a plan for the challenge of climate change. This massive problem requires massive action - and deeds of stainless purity - in order to save lives, and to rescue cultures, islands and lowlands from the decimation of the rising seas.

A plan requires international cooperation and a massive investment of human resources.

“Humanity is like a bird whose wings are religion and science. It cannot fly with one wing alone,” and cannot fly if the wings are out of sync. “If religion be the cause of enmity … if it prove the cause of alienation, assuredly non-religion would be better.” ~~’Abdu’l-Baha, son of Baha’u’llah.

One of 12 Baha’i Principles outlining an evolutionary leap in growth - a spiritual leap - is illustrated here: “The enormous energy dissipated and wasted on war, whether economic or political, will be (soon) consecrated to such ends as will extend the range of human invention … to the extension of scientific research, to the raising of the standards of physical health … the sharpening and refinement of the human brain … and any other agency that can stimulate the intellectual, moral, and spiritual life of the entire human race.” ~~Shoghi Effendi, great-grandson of Baha’u’llah.

You are invited to share in our worldwide remembrance of the Twin Messengers, the Bab and Baha’u’llah, who introduced the world to a new way of living, and founding a faith in 1844 AD. Born into the world in 1819 and 1817, respectively, the Bab and Baha’u’llah delivered their messages 19 years apart.

They lived in similar environs of the Middle East. They never met, but communed in writing, each one praising the other. One the Herald, and one the Promised One, both predicted a great change for humanity through this new faith.

Both Messengers sacrificed everything for their cause.

Both set high standards for the inheritors of their message. Their heirs carried the message worldwide of higher deeds - a new age for all creeds, colors, nations and genders working together, making a world of peace.

Standards like those of 16-year-old Greta, crossing an ocean, speaking to world leaders in a climate summit in many cities. Courage like the Kurdish people, our allies, as they gather up their children and flee across desert sands while a meager vanguard protects their rear. Where are their protectors?

Baha’u’llah and the Bab have given the world an answer: “O ye children of men! The fundamental purpose animating the Faith of God and His Religion is to safeguard the interests and promote the unity of the human race, and to foster the spirit of love and fellowship amongst men. Suffer it not to become a source of dissension … discord … hate and enmity. This is the straight Path, the fixed and immovable foundation.” ~~Hidden Words.

Let our vision be world-embracing, and may it be as we imagine it can to be.

Join with us in celebration Nov. 8 from 5-8 p.m. at Ocean Winds Community Room, at the end of Lucky Lane in Brookings.

We will discuss the new movie “The Light of Dawn,” which is available for viewing on the Baha’i Faith Channel on YouTube, or on the website baha’i.us.org. It tells a story of how this faith effects people in the world today.

A desert potluck will also be served.

Submitted by Kathryn Justman for the Baha’is of Brookings and Curry County. For more information, call 541-251-2436, or visit Peace Trail Learning Center on Facebook for local updates.

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