Religions and Ecology: Restoring the Earth Community Specialization

Why do religions matter when we talk about environmental problems and solutions?
- The environmental crisis is not simply a political, economic, or technological problem; it is a moral and spiritual call to long-term change.
- Religious narratives resonate with large numbers of people —85% of the world’s population belong to religious communities.
- Religions have educational institutions around the world that can inspire people for an ecologically just future.
- Religious structures and sacred spaces provide a symbolic and practical context for aligning humans with nature.
- Religions have financial assets that can be used for transformative change, such as divestment and reinvestment.
To whom will these courses appeal?
- Lifelong learners curious to know more about world religions and ecology
- Environmental professionals eager to deepen the discourse of environmental protection and conservation
- Those working with non-profit organizations and NGOs on issues of ecological justice, especially where minority communities are adversely affected
- Those involved in education -- College and high school students looking for a broader view of religion and spirituality, teachers developing curriculum,
- Those involved in the world’s religions -- Religious leaders and laity who want to know how they can contribute to interreligious dialogue on environmental issues; Religious communities interested in building engaging projects, such as the restoration of local bioregions.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
- Religious communities:
. What ecojustice actions are taking place on in my own religion?
. What can I learn from examples of faith-based action?
- Environmentalists:
. What voices might I learn from in pursuing ecological conservation?
. How is ecojustice contributing to solutions social problems?
- Policy:
. Religions can be active partners in finding eco-solutions. The partnership joins the moral force of faith into eco and climate emergencies.
- Religious:
What environmental activities are going on in my own religious tradition?
What opportunities are there for interreligious engagement?

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East Asian Religions & Ecology (Coursera)

May 30th 2022
East Asian Religions & Ecology (Coursera)
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At first glance the fields of religion and ecology may seem and unlikely pairing, but a deeper consideration reveals the two have a great deal to contribute to one another and are indeed inextricably linked. Religions recognize the unity and interdependence of humans with nature. Ecological sciences affirm this [...]

South Asian Religions & Ecology (Coursera)

May 30th 2022
South Asian Religions & Ecology (Coursera)
Course Auditing
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At first glance the fields of religion and ecology may seem and unlikely pairing, but a deeper consideration reveals the two have a great deal to contribute to one another and are indeed inextricably linked. Religions recognize the unity and interdependence of humans with nature. Ecological sciences affirm this [...]

Western Religions & Ecology (Coursera)

May 30th 2022
Western Religions & Ecology (Coursera)
Course Auditing
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Effort
Languages
At first glance the fields of religion and ecology may seem and unlikely pairing, but a deeper consideration reveals the two have a great deal to contribute to one another and are indeed inextricably linked. Religions recognize the unity and interdependence of humans with nature. Ecological sciences affirm this [...]

Indigenous Religions & Ecology (Coursera)

May 30th 2022
Indigenous Religions & Ecology (Coursera)
Course Auditing
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At first glance the fields of religion and ecology may seem and unlikely pairing, but a deeper consideration reveals the two have a great deal to contribute to one another and are indeed inextricably linked. Religions recognize the unity and interdependence of humans with nature. Ecological sciences affirm this [...]

Introduction to Religions & Ecology (Coursera)

May 30th 2022
Introduction to Religions & Ecology (Coursera)
Course Auditing
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Languages
At first glance the fields of religion and ecology may seem and unlikely pairing, but a deeper consideration reveals the two have a great deal to contribute to one another and are indeed inextricably linked. Religions recognize the unity and interdependence of humans with nature. Ecological sciences affirm this [...]