faith environment

Faith and the Environment

Faith traditions share a common view regarding humankind’s responsibility to care for the environment, drawing on their sacred texts to inform right action. Respect for Creation is a thread that runs through the fabric of our many religious and spiritual teachings.

Faith and the Environment illustrates how many of us hold similar values no matter what faith tradition we follow.

Sikhism and the Environment

Since the beginning of the Sikh religion in the late fifteenth century, the faith has been built upon the message of the ‘oneness of Creation’. Sikhism believes an almighty God created the universe … and is responsible for all modes of nature and all elements of the world.

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A Buddhist Understanding of Nature

All life is interrelated and interdependent. Nature, or we could say our natural environment, is alive and at least partly conscious. It is neither sacred and perfect nor evil and to be conquered. The deep reality of Nature is not separate from our fully enlightened nature (Buddha-nature).

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Nature and the Buddhist Path to Enlightenment

Nature as wilderness is important to Buddhists because it provides a place where rapid progress in Buddhist practice, or self-cultivation, can be made. Nature grounds us and can soothe us. Unspoiled natural locations, usually places in the wilderness where the natural energies are peaceful, are the ideal places for Buddhist practice.

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The Baha’i View of the Environment

For over 20 years, the Bahá’í­s of the United States have worked with others to advance environmental awareness and sustainable development. Much of the inspiration for doing so comes from the Bahá’í­ sacred writings, which are imbued with a deep respect for the natural world and for the interconnectedness of all things.

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Islam and the Environment

Khalifa – trusteeship Muslims believe that Allah created humans to be guardians of His creation. In other words, nature does not belong to us to do with as we wish, but is entrusted by Allah to our safe-keeping. ‘The world is green and...

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Judaism and the Environment

The Torah indicates that although we may feel at odds with nature, having to struggle to survive, in truth the world comprises a potentially harmonious whole, in which each element is precious.

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