environmentalism

Does End Time Belief Really Cause Climate Change Apathy?

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When I conducted a focus group at this church, the end times seemed to be on everyone’s mind. When we talked about caring for the environment, “Craig” cautioned that it was important to draw the line between protecting the creation and worshipping it, while “Julie” agreed, adding that, “like with the polar bears and stuff, of course I don’t want them to die, but you also have to realize this is just a part of the world coming to an end like it’s supposed to. And there’s nothing really that they can do.”

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Francis Now and Then: The Ecological Politics of Saints

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Today we are a great distance from the ecological situation of medieval Italy. With the aid of capital and industry, we humans have become so practiced, and coldly efficient, in matters of animal domestication that we now have health insurance on offer for wealthy domestic pets while billions of other creatures in our care are heedlessly slaughtered. Our domestication practices are a mess. 

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Fueling Activism: An Interview with Bill McKibben

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Author/activist Bill McKibben led this past weekend’s encirclement of the White House urging the the Obama Administration to block construction of a 1,700-mile pipeline to transport tar sands oil from Alberta to the Gulf. As McKibben savored a new protest-triggered State Department inquiry into a too-cozy environmental review process related to the pipeline, contributing editor Peter Laarman caught up with him on some religious dimensions of climate-change activism.

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