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Religious Ethics and the Environment

As environmental concerns confront a planet facing diminishing species, climate change, and finite natural resources, religious leaders have been increasingly aware of their responsibility to both their human adherents and the nonhuman world. Threads of morality, virtue, and ethics inform all the world's religions and, while many religious texts and practices have an anthropocentric lens, the environment has been a focal point for indigenous religions and engaged Buddhism in particular. The Abrahamic faiths of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam have been primarily focused on human relations with God, but as issues of species extinction, resource depletion, climate change, and pollution emerged in the latter half of the 20th century, religious leaders began reconsidering their relationship with the natural world.


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