You gonna be here long? Religion and Sustainability

You gonna be here long? Religion and Sustainability © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/156853508X359967 Worldviews 12 (2008) 163-178 www.brill.nl/wo WORLDVIEWS You gonna be here long? Religion and Sustainability 1 Roger S. Gottlieb Professor of Philosophy, Department of Humanities and Arts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts gottlieb@wpi.edu Abstract Responding to the environmental crisis requires a fundamental transformation of world religions. In the concept of sustainability we fi nd a change not only in reli- gion’s understanding of the value of the natural world and the need to alter its own ecological practices, but a possible awakening to the fi nite nature of human— including religious—existence. Keywords sustainability, religion, environmentalism Th e EPA tells us that “common use of the term ‘sustainability’ began with the 1987 publication of the World Commission on Environment and Development report, Our Common Future . Also known as the Brundtland Report, this document defi ned sustainable development as ‘development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’” (Environmental Protection Agency, n/d). “Sustainability” then, expresses a commitment that the future should be like the present, that whatever changes we are making should coexist with an underlying stability. At least in this http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Worldviews Brill

You gonna be here long? Religion and Sustainability

Worldviews , Volume 12 (2-3): 163 – Jan 1, 2008

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© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/156853508X359967 Worldviews 12 (2008) 163-178 www.brill.nl/wo WORLDVIEWS You gonna be here long? Religion and Sustainability 1 Roger S. Gottlieb Professor of Philosophy, Department of Humanities and Arts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts gottlieb@wpi.edu Abstract Responding to the environmental crisis requires a fundamental transformation of world religions. In the concept of sustainability we fi nd a change not only in reli- gion’s understanding of the value of the natural world and the need to alter its own ecological practices, but a possible awakening to the fi nite nature of human— including religious—existence. Keywords sustainability, religion, environmentalism Th e EPA tells us that “common use of the term ‘sustainability’ began with the 1987 publication of the World Commission on Environment and Development report, Our Common Future . Also known as the Brundtland Report, this document defi ned sustainable development as ‘development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’” (Environmental Protection Agency, n/d). “Sustainability” then, expresses a commitment that the future should be like the present, that whatever changes we are making should coexist with an underlying stability. At least in this

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Keywords: ENVIRONMENTALISM; SUSTAINABILITY; RELIGION

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