Environment

Why should we care that humans have set in motion the sixth mass extinction of species in earth’s history and a degree of climate change that risks our civilization? Rationally speaking, species come and go, including our own. Caring about the environment is a matter of the heart, about what we truly value, what is sacred to us. Tikkun holds that an environmentalism that doesn't explicitly challenge the ethos of materialism and selfishness generated by global capitalism, which leads people to consume recklessly and without regard to the consequences for the planet, will fail. A successful environmentalism must also consciously connect with and draw on the deepest wells of spirituality in our culture, our awe and wonder at the universe, and our ability to care for each other. In these articles, scientists, activists, spiritual teachers, and others cover the territory.

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Climate Change

A Brief Melting Moment
by Susan Cerulean
"Look how that rock dust is basically burning into the ice, transmitting and intensifying the heat of the sun," said Jeff, leaning over my shoulder. "The huge streams of water that are pouring into the crevasses are breaking up the glacier’s underbody and lubricating its passage toward the sea." However immobile it might appear, I could now sense how that glacier was collapsing underneath itself, letting loose its thousand-year life in a muddy, rock-strewn river rushing to the Arctic Sea.
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Environment

A Real Solution to Environmental Sustainability
by Michael Lerner
As long as corporations have a fiduciary responsibility to maximize the investments of their stockholders, they have no choice but to make profits their "bottom line." But we are promoting a New Bottom Line, so that every corporation, government policy, our legal system, health care system, educational system, and every other major system is judged efficient, rational and productive to the extent that they maximize love and caring, environmental sustainability and responsibility, ethical behavior and generosity, and our capacities to respond to the Earth with radical amazement, of which we are an important part.
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Environment

What Does Sustainability Feel Like?
by Michael Carolan
The phenomena we embrace are embraced precisely because of their exuberance—justice, prosperity, and sustainability. Our failing is that we reach for them with tools that will never capture their essence, be they words, statistics, or dollars.
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Environmental Activism

Diversity is the Lifeline for the Future of the Climate Movement
by Mijin Cha
While climate change will negatively impact all of us, people of color and low-income communities will be hit the hardest and have the fewest resources to adapt to the challenges, such as extreme weather and poor air quality, that climate change will bring. Yet, these communities are often underrepresented, if not left out completely.
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Climate Change

Climate Change and the Right to Hope
by Anna Peterson
To what extent is a lack of hope to blame for our inaction on the climate?
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Eco-Spirituality

Love Is Stronger Than Stewardship: A Cosmic Christ Path to Planetary Survival
by Matthew Fox
“Stewardship” is a tired old idea. Let’s stop talking about duty and start talking about the sacredness of creation! The light of Christ is in all beings.
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Hinduism

Dharma and Ahimsa: A Hindu Take on Environmental Stewardship
by Parth Parihar
The dharmic concept of ahimsa (“not to injure”) demands that we take personal and political action to protect the environment.
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Qur'an

Looking to the Qur’an in an Age of Climate Disaster
by Rianne C. ten Veen
The Qur’an instructs us to live lightly on this earth. From Zanzibar to Indonesia, Islamic ethics are guiding new conservation efforts.
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Eco-Spirituality

Prayer as if the Earth Really Matters
by Arthur Waskow
Climate prayer is powerful. Here’s how synagogues can breathe earth awareness into services and activists can make their actions prayerful.
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Environment

Esther Was Vegan Too: On Purim, Let’s Renew Our Struggle to End Factory Farming
by Katie Cantrell
From saving water, to helping animals, to decreasing our carbon footprint, the single most effective change we can make is to eat a more plant-based diet. Just as Esther took action to save the Jews, so we can take action to save animals and our planet from extermination.
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