How are world religions responding to today's environmental issues? What is, or could be, their role in creating change? What do environmentalists need to understand about religious traditions to find common ground? The main focus is on the major world religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Japanese religion. For each, we will consider historical, ecological and scriptural bases for environmental beliefs and practices, then look at examples of how these are being applied today to “green” the faiths. Other topics include indigenous people’s beliefs regarding the non-human world and modern eco-spiritual movements. Guest speakers from different faith traditions and student research presentations will form a significant part of the class.
ENVS 1 or 2; or NR 2, REL 20 or 21 preferred, sophomore standing