Production and Consumption in Washington, D.C.
Promoting sustainable consumption and production is a relatively recent area of interest and work for the U.S. Baha’i Office of Public Affairs (OPA). Activity in this field draws on concepts in a statement entitled “Rethinking Prosperity: Forging Alternatives to a Culture of Consumerism,” which was prepared by the Baha’i International Community for the 18th Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-18) in May, 2010. The statement invites a critical reexamination of the social order, including conceptions of human nature, development, and the nature and causes of recent economic crises.
The OPA representative co-led a Baha’i delegation to CSD-18 and helped organize an expert panel discussion on transforming a culture of consumerism to a culture of sustainability. The representative facilitated discussion on the topic in a workshop of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and led the drafting of a statement by NGOs which was delivered in the opening plenary of the UN meeting.
OPA participates in several forums on sustainable consumption and production, including the North American Roundtable on Sustainable Production and Consumption (NARSCAP), the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI), and the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Consumption and Production (GRFSCP). The Office took part in the 2012 GRFSCP inaugural workshop “Global and Regional Research on Sustainable Consumption & Production: Achievements, Challenges and Dialogues” in Rio de Janiero, Brazil; the 2012 NARSCAP workshop “Advancing Sustainable Consumption and Production in North America” in Washington, D.C.; and the 2013 SCORAI conference “The Future of Consumerism and Well-Being in a World of Ecological Constraints” in Worchester, MA (USA).
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