36. Trends in Religion and Environmental Politics into the Twenty-First Century

  1. Barbara A. McGraw
  1. Lucas F. Johnston and
  2. Bron Taylor

Published Online: 15 APR 2016

DOI: 10.1002/9781118528631.ch36

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Religion and Politics in the U.S.

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Religion and Politics in the U.S.

How to Cite

Johnston, L. F. and Taylor, B. (2016) Trends in Religion and Environmental Politics into the Twenty-First Century, in The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Religion and Politics in the U.S. (ed B. A. McGraw), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118528631.ch36

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2016
  2. Published Print: 3 MAY 2016

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470657331

Online ISBN: 9781118528631

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Keywords:

  • climate change and religion;
  • Cornwall Alliance;
  • dark green religion;
  • earth religion;
  • environmental film and television;
  • environmental justice;
  • popular environmentalism;
  • twenty-first century environmental politics;
  • twenty-first century environmentalism;
  • United Nations and environment

Summary

In the twenty-first century, spiritualities that draw on evolutionary and ecological worldviews, stress ecological interdependence, and involve deep feelings of belonging and connection to nature, show signs of having an increasing impact on environmental politics in the United States. Meanwhile, Christian and other religious traditionalists have continued to oppose what they consider to be the spiritually dangerous nature-venerating spiritualities, which they think environmentalism embodies. Although there are examples of green religious production and activity within the world's largest religious traditions and many statements of environmental concern from religious bodies, as of this writing, such religious environmentalism has not proven to be either dramatic or politically influential. In contrast, “dark green” nature spiritualities, in which a reverence for nature and environmentalist action are central ethical obligations, are deeply engaged in efforts to transform political/economic systems. Whether any religion-related environmentalism significantly influences environmental policies remains to be seen.