A few days ago, I received an email commenting on that article. The author, a fellow named David from Wisconsin wanted to share his comments, so I'll post them here:
Excellent article!Thanks for your comments, David!
One point I must add is the fact that Baha'u'llah, 'Abdu'l-Baha and Shoghi Effendi all have written about events in the near future which would be very difficult for humanity to take and which would shake mankind to its depths, impelling us into the new age. There is a great deal of evidence that two factors are coalescing: the degradation and depletion of our basic resources and the mounting array of harmful substances that pervade our life due to industry playing such an unfettered roll in our development.
There are many groups who are looking deeply into these conditions and pointing out that we are running out of options. So much topsoil flows out to sea from the Mississippi river that a years worth would fill a train that could wrap around the world seven times. The middle east was once a lush and verdant system of rivers, forests and prairies but is now largely desert for the same reasons that we are facing decreasing production all over the world now.
I would recommend to all Baha'is that the most fertile soil for teaching is among the many sustainability groups forming around the world. In particular are three: The Natural Step, Permaculture and The Transition Town Initiative. I seriously urge you to seek them out and look into their efforts and provide them with the spiritual underpinning that is still the missing element in what they are trying to achieve.
They are all aware of a concept called Peak Oil, which points out that we are on target to experience a decline in the cheep oil that has been underpinning our "growth economy" and all our material endeavors. This will be causing numerous difficulties all over the world - the implications are truly enormous since so little preparation has been made. The oil industry has denied this up till one month ago (Nov 2010) when the International Energy Agency announce in its yearly report that "by the way" conventional crude oil peaked in 2006.
In other words, that was the highest rate of production of normal, easily accessible crude oil, that will ever be achieved! We will be going downhill from now on, using more and more expensive, hard to find and process oil. It just barely preceded the bursting of the housing bubble and the resulting economic commotion that continues to spread.