Religion to the Rescue (?) in an Age of Climate Disruption
Keywords:Religion, Climate Change, Climate Disruption, Ecology, Greening of Religion, Environmental Attitudes, Environmental Behavior, The Story of Noah and Ecology, American Academy of Religion, Forum on Religion and Ecology, Public Religion Research Institute
AbstractSince the early 1990s calls by religious elites as well as by scholars who af?liate with and study religions to address the negative consequences of anthropogenic climate change have been increasing. An important example of the trend occurred in November 2014 during the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Diego where ‘Religion and Climate Change’ was the conference’s central theme. Data presented at this meeting, however, was not encouraging for those hoping that religious individuals were embracing consensus scienti?c understandings about anthropogenic climate change, and becoming deeply concerned about climate disruption and making a strong response to it a high priority. The scienti?c study of the religious dimensions of perceptions and actions related to climate change, for its part, is showing signs of becoming more rigorous and illuminating, better able to track changes that might unfold with regard to religious perceptions and practices related to the earth’s environmental systems.
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