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.
Since its start in the late 15th century, the Sikh religion has been built on the message of the ‘oneness of Creation.’ Sikhism believes an almighty God created the universe. God is responsible for all of nature and the elements.
Buddhists believe that all life is interrelated and interdependent. Nature, or our natural environment, is alive and at least partly conscious. It is not sacred and perfect, or evil and to be conquered. Nature’s deep reality is part of Buddha-nature—our nature when we reach full 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.
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.
Khalifa – trusteeship Muslims believe that Allah created humans to take care of His creation. In other words, nature is not ours to do with as we wish. Rather, Allah has entrusted us with its safekeeping. "The world is green and beautiful, and Allah has appointed you...
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.