The Emerging Alliance of Religion and Ecology MARY EVELYN TUCKER Department of Religion Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA 17837, USA ABSTRACT The role of the world's religions may be crucial in rethinking the relationship of humans to the natural world in a mutually enhancing manner. I first acknowl- edge, although briefly, the scale and complexity of the environmental crisis. Next, I suggest the need for seeking common grounds to work toward a resolution of the crisis. Then I highlight the call for the co-operation and action of the world's religions from particular sectors such as environmental groups, the United Nations, political leaders, scientists, and ethicists. Finally, I document some of the responses and the resources of the world's religions in evoking new attitudes toward nature. INTRODUCTION ' The environmental crisis is one of such enormous scale and complexity that it yields to no easy solutions or quick technological fixes. Indeed, it will require radical rethinking of our direction and.purpose from a variety of perspectives and with the insights of various disciplines. ' It is, nonetheless, becoming evident that a major aspect of the environmental crisis is in some sense religious. The exhaustion of nature's resources is leaving the human
Worldviews – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1997
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