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Overview of World Religions and Ecology

From FORE

The environmental crisis is one that is well documented in its various interlocking manifestations of industrial pollution, resource depletion, and population explosion. The urgency of the problems are manifold, namely, the essential ingredients for human survival, especially water supplies and agricultural land, are being threatened across the planet by population and consumption pressures. With the collapse of fishing industries and with increasing soil erosion and farm land loss, serious questions are being raised about the ability of the human community to feed its own offspring. Moreover, the widespread destruction of species and the unrelenting loss of habitat continue to accelerate. Climate change threatens to undermine efforts to reverse these trends and to move toward a sustainable future for humans and nature.

Clearly religions need to be involved with the development of a more comprehensive worldview and ethics to ground movements toward sustainability.

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Overview of World Religions and Ecology

From Patheos

Background.

The environmental crisis is one that is well documented in its various interlocking manifestations of industrial pollution, resource depletion, and population explosion. The urgency of the problems are manifold, namely, the essential ingredients for human survival, especially water supplies and agricultural land, are being threatened across the planet by population and consumption pressures.

With the collapse of fishing industries and with increasing soil erosion and farmland loss, serious questions are being raised about the ability of the human community to feed its own offspring. Moreover, the widespread destruction of species and the unrelenting loss of habitat continue to accelerate. Climate change threatens to undermine efforts to reverse these trends and to move toward a sustainable future for humans and nature.

Clearly religions need to be involved with the development of a more comprehensive worldview and ethics to ground movements toward sustainability. Whether from an anthropocentric or a biocentric perspective, more adequate environmental values need to be formulated and linked to areas of public policy. Scholars of religion as well as religious leaders and laity can be key players in this articulation process.

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October 6th, 2010 at 6:00 am

Mary Evelyn Tucker in the Patheos Public Square

Parliament of Religions Major Speaker Mary Evelyn Tucker has co-written a piece for the Patheos.com Public Square about World Religions and Ecology.  The essay begins with stress on the urgency of environmental dilemmas dilemmas today but also talks about the important contributions that religions have made to reform movements throughout history. Tucker and coauthor John Grim argue that the solutions may be discovered and realized through interreligious collaboration.
To read this powerful piece on the interconnectedness of the world that sustains us and the parallel responsibilities of religion, click here.  To visit the Patheos Public Square which is currently discussing Religion and the Environment, click here.