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.