Religion and the Environment

Abumoghli, Iyad (2022). Religion and the Environment. Reimagining the Human-Environment Relationship. UN University and UN Environment Programme.

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    Author Abumoghli, Iyad
    Title Religion and the Environment
    Series Title Reimagining the Human-Environment Relationship
    Publication Date 2022-05-24
    Place of Publication New York and Geneva
    Publisher UN University and UN Environment Programme
    Pages 20
    Language eng
    Abstract The paper discusses the need to bridge the gap between religious scholars and scientists and maximize common ground on the human responsibility towards nature. It also discusses institutionalizing the engagement of faith actors in environmental governance. Belief systems, including culture, ethics, and religion hold enormous power over both individual and societal behaviours, norms, and laws. Religious values, together with environmental ethics have, since Stockholm 1972, grown in importance as being vital for promoting environmental action. There are two important powers that religions have that can influence a new development paradigm that provides for a healthy planet and the prosperity of its people. The power of convening and convincing where more than 84 per cent of people believe in a religion or a spiritual belief and the economic power as the fourth-largest economy in the world. Although religions come from different belief backgrounds, all agree on the human spiritual and moral responsibility towards Earth. Studying the nexus of belief systems and environmental policy affirms the imperative of bringing religious actors to the forefront of environmental governance.
    UNBIS Thesaurus PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION
    CLIMATE
    CLIMATE CHANGE
    RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS
    CULTURAL VALUES
    SOCIAL VALUES
    RELIGION
    Keyword Stockholm+50
    Stockholm Convention
    Religious beliefs
    Religion
    Ethics
    Interfaith
    Environment
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2022
    Copyright type Creative commons
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