Religion can be used for justification of any number of things, including environmentalism. In fact, the Evangelical Climate Initiative has this to say on the subject: “The same love for God and neighbor that compels us to preach salvation through Jesus Christ, protect the unborn, preserve the family and the sanctity of marriage, and take the whole Gospel to a hurting world, also compels us to recognize that human-induced climate change is a serious Christian issue requiring action now.” Humans being stewards of the earth is a religious concept, and make some people greener.
Religious views often involve a high level of personal and community morals. Similarly, environmental stewardship is seen as a commitment to morals. Furthermore, the fundamental definition of sustainability is to meet the needs of the present without sacrificing future generations’ ability to meet their needs. Since religion calls for unselfish behavior and acting in ways beneficial to society over the individual, the goals of going green and being religious match.
Many religions (including Judeo-Christianity) advocate respect of the Earth as a part of respecting life, which in turn is one of the major ways most religious citizens can directly respect God (for whom life is generally considered a sacred creation). In this way, religion can be used to institutionalize greener and more respectful lifestyles and thus supplant consumptive culture with a more moderate alternative.
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