Historically, it is not uncommon for gods, spirits, and/or ancestors to be deeply
concerned with how individuals and their communities treat the natural resources they depend
on for survival. In the wake of the climate crisis, will many of the world’s gods be likely to
become increasingly interested, or find a renewed interest, in how humans treat the natural
world? What might spark this renewed or newfound religious interest in environmental efforts?
And more importantly, how might religiously motivated environmental movements create and
sustain devoted commitment to environmental protection? This chapter will review the
intellectual history of these questions, drawing on longstanding and recent evidence from
across the social sciences in offering an account of why, how and with what consequences
religious systems become concerned with how humans treat the natural world.
Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development
Year of publication: 2023Date of RADAR deposit: 2023-02-08
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