. "Appendix G Ethics in the Protection of the Environment." The Experiences and Challenges of Science and Ethics: Proceedings of an American-Iranian Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2003.
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The Experiences and Challenges of Science and Ethics: Proceedings of an American-Iranian Workshop
tions would become the hallmark of existing practical methods, especially in developing societies that have an ancient culture and history that are more dependent on religious culture and principles.
Thus the author wishes to make the following suggestions to the present scholars.
Now that human thinkers are concerned about the depth of the catastrophe that has befallen the human environment, are worried about the future life of humanity, and confess to the role of public beliefs and convictions in resolving this crisis, the cultural figures and religious clergy shoulder a heavy responsibility. It is now time for this group of people to seriously and sincerely concentrate on this issue, and reintroduce genuine cultures, teachings, and traditions of religions towards educating the public in dealing with nature. Resolving the environmental crisis demands general mobilization of humanity. The only way to achieve this sacred goal is to follow the guidelines offered by men of culture and religious authorities.
I propose that an association of scholars and authorities of various religions of the world as its members be formed for protecting the environment. Its secretariat should constantly work for coordination in convening scientific conferences and meetings.
The manner of introducing the traditions of religions to the present generation for an immaculate and spiritually better life calls for a relatively deep study, since using the old methods could not answer the present era and would be ineffective. There should be an exchange of experience among religious figures in order to update the methods and tools suitable for the new situation. The proposed association could attain this goal through bilateral talks and discussions.