Abstract and Keywords
The environmental crisis has been well documented in its various interconnected aspects of resource depletion and species extinction, pollution growth and climate change, population explosion and overconsumption. It is becoming increasingly clear that scientific analysis will be critical to understanding nature's ecology; educational awareness will be indispensable to creating modes of sustainable life; economic incentives will be central to adequate distribution of resources; public policy recommendations will be invaluable in shaping national and international priorities; and moral and spiritual values will be crucial for the transformations required for the flourishing of earth's many ecosystems. It is in this nexus that the field of religion and ecology is making important contributions, within academia and beyond. This article explores the link between religion and ecology and discusses cosmology, symbols, rituals, and ethics as well as the contribution of religions to environmental thought and practice, intellectual influences on religion and ecology, the emerging academic field of religion and ecology, challenges to religion and ecology, the limits of science and policy; and the response of policy groups and scientists.
Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.
If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.