Faith and Hope in Environmentalism in the Face of Climate Change

Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Facilitated by Samuel Benoit

This presentation will review the findings of an honors thesis in Environmental Studies that explores the role that the faculties of faith and hope may play in the modern environmental movement in the face of catastrophic climate change. What motivates activists to practice and advocate environmental stewardship in the face of the looming thresholds for runaway climate change? This interplay between faith, hope, reason and rationality is paralleled to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s teachings on science and religion as the role of religion in the history and thinking of the modern environmental movement is explored.

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One response to “Faith and Hope in Environmentalism in the Face of Climate Change

  1. I am conducting a brief survey of world leaders, government officials, religious leaders, corporate CEOs, environmental groups, wildlife experts, and others regarding nature and the environment. I am also very interested in religious views, customs, and beliefs from around the world, and the interactions between religion, culture, society, and the environment. This is something I am doing out of personal interest, and is not connected to any group or organization. I have been working on this project since the summer of 2006, and to date have gotten back more than 700
    responses, both via email and postal mail. There is no deadline for the project, so please feel free to take your time in responding if you need to.

    I would greatly appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to answer my survey. The responses are being posted online at the blog I created for the project, In the future, I hope to do something more with the results, such as a book or documentary, although as of right now I am not sure of the format or timeline for that.

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