Mobilizing Faith Communities for Bee Preservation

An Analysis of Bees for Peace


  • Carrie B. Dohe University of Marburg



Religious environmentalism, religious values, nature conservation, interfaith cooperation, religious skepticism


Bees for Peace seeks to engage faith communities in applied projects for bee preservation by extracting from myriad faiths the shared traditional interest in promoting peace between human communities and extending this principle to the nonhuman world through imagining bees as peace ambassadors that unite disparate religious communities. Bees for Peace had an initial run during the 2018 Interreligious Week for Nature Conservation in Cologne, Germany. The Bees for Peace project contributed to the Cologne Week’s twin goals of spreading nature conservation through religious communities and increasing social cohesion through interfaith cooperation. Yet it was confronted with a deep skepticism toward religion on the part of nature conservationists and failed to win the support of the central clique of Cologne.

Author Biography

Carrie B. Dohe, University of Marburg

Guest Researcher
Philipps University of Marburg
Institute for Comparative Cultural Studies, Department of the Study of Religions


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How to Cite

Dohe, C. B. (2020). Mobilizing Faith Communities for Bee Preservation: An Analysis of Bees for Peace. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 14(3), 412–438.



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