1st Edition

Environmental Solidarity
How Religions Can Sustain Sustainability

ISBN 9781138008885
Published July 3, 2014 by Routledge
220 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The past few decades have seen the beginnings of a convergence between religions and ecological movements. The environmental crisis has called the religions of the world to respond by finding their voice within the larger Earth community. At the same time, a certain religiosity has started to emerge in some areas of secular ecological thinking. Beyond mere religious utilitarianism, rooted in an understanding of the deepest connections between human beings, their worldviews, and nature itself, this book tries to show how religious believers can look at the world through the eyes of faith and find a broader paradigm to sustain sustainability, proposing a model for transposing this paradigm into practice, so as to develop long-term sustainable solutions that can be tested against reality.

Table of Contents

Part I: A Promising Earth  1. Sunrise in Copan  Part II: Understanding the Environmental Problem  2. An Environment in Degradation  3. The Planet and Us  4. The Possessions of Odysseus  Part III: Seeking an Ethic for Nature  5. Antecedents  6. The Social Answers  Part IV: Finding a Religious Sense  7. Environment and Religion  8. The Human Problem  9. Ecology as If God Were Happening  Part V: Environmental Solidarity: A New Paradigm  10. Relating Environmental Solidarity to Economics, Policy and Ethics  11. Fitting Environmental Solidarity Within the Catholic Faith  12. Epilogue: Sunset in Barcelona

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Pablo Martínez de Anguita is professor of forestry and rural development at Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid.