It may be helpful to examine our quest to defeat global warming from a spiritual perspective. Humanity shares a universal love and respect for nature. Therefore, our efforts to do what is right for the planet unites us with people of all religions, races, cultures, ages, political parties, and professions.
Nature is important to religion as each green step we take spreads goodwill by benefiting all of the earth’s present and future inhabitants, making us feel great about ourselves, and aligning us with our highest values. Nature is often what makes us feel close to God, even sometimes when nothing else will.
Walking along a beach, watching powerful waves crashing on the shore, or standing in the middle of a majestic forest can evoke a connection to the divine, however, we define it for ourselves. This is also where we often find peace and emotional healing.
Even those who don’t believe in God often find a connection to spirituality through their interactions with nature. Remembering how close nature is to the core of our being is helpful in our journey to save the earth.
If you become discouraged in your efforts, go out into nature to get re-inspired!
Virtually every established religion holds that humans have been given administration over the natural world and must care for and protect living creatures.
Today we see the religions of the world striving to apply the green precepts of their religions to the pressing environmental challenges of today.
What does religion say about the environment?
In 2006, 86 Christian leaders established the Evangelical Climate Initiative, as a statement of recognition of human-induced climate change and of being supported for action on environmental issues.
Reverend Richard Cizik, the NationalAssociation of Evangelicals’ Vice President for Governmental Affairs, has joined the increasingly popular term “creation care” for environmentalism motivated by
In 2002, the Evangelical Environmental Network and Creation Care magazine launched its article titled “What Would Jesus Drive? campaign to highlight the connection between key Christian principles and how our transportation choices relate to global warming.
In 2007, the first earth-friendly Bible, printed on recycled, Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper, was offered by Christian publisher Thomas Nelson. This project has been praised by the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC), as the Bible is the most printed and widely distributed book in the world.
Judaism teaches that we should love God by loving all of His creation, and that nature is a gift from God that we can enjoy, use and protect. The Coalition on Environment and Jewish Life was founded in 1993 and seeks to go further in contemporary understanding of divine mandates such as Tikkun Olam (repair world), explaining that the protection of nature and humanity is at the heart of the Torah and that working to thwart global warming is a mitzvah or divine commandment.
Muslims are applying the Qur’an’s teaching that God created al-Mizan (nature in balance) and that humanity has the task of protecting this balance. The Africa Muslim Environment Network (AMEN) was established in 2006 and supports community development through sustainable and environmentally friendly use. The belief that the way forward for the Muslim communities of Africa is the responsibility for their future and the future of the earth.
Buddhism emphasizes the importance of living simply and respecting all life, as Buddhists believe that all living beings are connected, and the health of the whole and its parts are inseparably linked.
Similarly, Hinduism views all plants and animals as sacred parts of God that
should be honored and cared for. Hinduism insists that true happiness comes from within, hence the search for material goods and the consumption of materials and energy should not dominate his life.
Increasing focus on environmentalism in the context of religious principles among world religions, and this development will certainly have a very positive influence on our efforts to halt global warming. The challenge for all of us is to know, embody, and employ green values and teachings of our faith in our
When we understand this, the seemingly mundane act of replacing an incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb can be nothing short of enlightening!