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Religion and a New Environmental Ethic

John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker discuss their view regarding a new relationship between religion and the new environment ethic.
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12:50 English


Channel: Platform:YouTube
Published on:13 January 2009 Producer:Yale University
Number of views: 17'209 on 19 May 2017
Rubric(s): Principles/General, Lifestyle, Nature, Environment, Ethics, Social / Religion
Topterms:Principle, General topics Tags:Forest clearing

John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker, Co-Directors of the Yale University Forum on Religion and Ecology, discuss their view on the new relationship between religion and the environment.

"At this moment, the most crucial thing is that we can create a sustainable, multi-form, multi-religious planetary civilization that says ‘this is one planet, we are one species, and we have got to find our role as humans amidst a larger earth community'."

With this ideal in mind, John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker identify a growing tendency in the religious filed to integrate and promote environmental friendly messages and projects, to show more preoccupation for “earthly matters” (e.g. evaluation of energy usage, raising consciousness, partnering with scientists etc).

Most of religious rituals are nature-based and consider nature to be sacred, a manifestation of creation. Therefore, climate change and environmental issues generated a need for the reinterpretation of religious stories.


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