Stuart, 37, architect and builder living in Hobart
 
Respecting the environment
 
“I'm a builder and an architect. Together buildings and cities account for about 80 per cent of human carbon emissions and contribute greatly to global warming.
 
“As a designer and builder I can create buildings that are more energy efficient, that have a much smaller carbon footprint and are healthier for their occupants. The Baha'i Centre of Learning building in Hobart, Tasmania is an example of my work in this area.
 
“What I have learned about the natural environment though my work is we need to act swiftly and act now to live in harmony with the environment. There is no other time in history when our daily deliberations in this area have been more critical for our immediate and future survival.”
 
Respect
 
 “A healthy respect for nature is totally integral to our survival at a basic level.
 

“As spiritual beings we have this incredible capacity which distinguishes us from the animal kingdom, in that we can investigate our environment, discover its secrets and influence, control and harness its forces. 
 
“But if this is not done in a moderate and balanced way, informed by the highest moral principles and respect for all life, then the consequences will be harmful, and possibly disastrous.”
 
Education
 
“Greed and ignorance are problems which are spiritual in nature and require spiritual education to repair.
 
In my view, the Baha'i Faith provides this spiritual education in an incredibly relevant, potent and accessible form.
 
This is particularly the case with the skill-building study circles that are so much a part of the way of life of Baha’i communities throughout Australia and the world.
 
I think that religious belief and spirituality are the very bedrock of human motivation and behaviour.
 
In fact, I think that efforts to change the kind of behaviour that harms the natural environment can be boosted by improving our understanding of our own relationship to God, and of humanity's relationship with nature. This prompts action.
 
“Education is so incredibly essential, I would encourage people to study this field of the natural environment and teach others so that awareness is spread throughout the globe like wildfire. Every decision you make, every moment is like casting a vote - when you buy peanut butter at the super market and you choose organic, you are voting. Make your vote count.”
 
Quotation
 
“I find this quotation from Baha’u’llah to be inspiring: Whoso cleaveth to justice, can, under no circumstances, transgress the limits of moderation… The civilisation, so often vaunted by the learned exponents of arts and sciences, will, if allowed to overleap the bounds of moderation, bring great evil upon men.”