- Introduction: Religion and Ecology—What Is the Connection and Why Does It Matter?
- The Earth as Sacrament: Insights from Orthodox Christian Theology and Spirituality
- The World of Nature according to the Protestant Tradition
- Jainism and Ecology: Transformation of Tradition
- Hindu Religion and Environmental Well-being
- The Greening of Buddhism: Promise and Perils
- Daoism and Nature
- Motifs for a New Confucian Ecological Vision
- Religion and Ecology in African Culture and Society
- Indigenous Traditions: Religion and Ecology
- Population, Religion, and Ecology
- Genetic Engineering and Nature: Human and Otherwise
- So Near and Yet So Far: Animal Theology and Ecological Theology
- Religious Ecofeminism: Healing the Ecological Crisis
- Science and Religion in the Face of the Environmental Crisis
- Religion and Ecology: Survey of the Field
- The Spiritual Dimension of Nature Writing
- Religion, Environmentalism, and the Meaning of Ecology
- Religious Environmentalism in Action
- Religion and Environmental Struggles in Latin America
- African Initiated Churches as Vehicles of Earth-Care in Africa
- The Scientist and the Shepherd: The Emergence of Evangelical Environmentalism
- Religion and Environmentalism in America and Beyond
Abstract and Keywords
A society's cultural and spiritual underpinnings of environmental stewardship can be a solid source of strength as well as a benefit to that society. One does not have to go too far to locate such underpinnings, because each society's spiritual heritage can be used to provide new ways of valuing, thinking, and acting that are necessary to nurture the respect for nature and to be prepared to avert future ecological disasters. Hinduism (as well as other world religions in their own way) offers a unique set of moral values and rules to guide human beings in their relationship with the environment. This essay examines the Hindu concept of divinity being present in creation and as such exhortations for Hindus to treat nature with respect, the concept of an extended family of Mother Earth, our dharma and karma to the environment, and environmental challenges facing Hindus and India.
O. P. Dwivedi, Order of Canada, PhD, LLD (hon.), FRS (Canada), is university professor emeritus in the department of political science at the University of Guelph, Canada. He has published thirty-two books on various subjects, including several on environmental issues such as Environmental Crisis and Hindu Religion (coauthor); World Religions and the Environment (edited); EnvironmentalEthics: Our Dharma to the Environment; India's Environmental Policies, Programmes, and Stewardship; and Sustainable Development and Canada (coauthor).
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