This is because environmentalism includes creation stories and ideas of original sin which are typical of many religions. Environmentalism also provides people with an identity, and it is this identity-creating function that can be compared to religions. “As the world becomes less religious, people can define themselves as being Green rather than being Christian or Jewish.” In addtition, there are other factors, like there is a “holy day” which is Earth Day, and there are self-sacrificing rituals such as recycling.
In my opinion religion is anything you spiritually believe in. People can have their own religions and they can be of any sort. Environmentalism is something people truly believe in and take to heart. Religion is a very broad term and can be the basis for almost anything.
Interesting parallels. I like them!
The 14th Dalai Lama said :
In the environmentalist perspective, our mental state has caused the negativities which are wreaking havoc on our world, and by making personal efforts we can make a difference on a grander scale.
Environmentalism and religious belief share some observable qualities:
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