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Religious Environmentalism in Action

Roger S. Gottlieb

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Ecology

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780195178722
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195178722.003.0022

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Religious Environmentalism in Action

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Narmada Bachao Andolan (Save the Narmada), an organization formed by India's leading environmentalists, has been struggling for seventeen years, trying to halt the construction of dams on the Narmada river. The global scope of the Narmada campaign and other international struggles indicates that there is no inherent incompatibility between science, technology, the political defense of human rights, environmentalism, and religion. This article cites several examples of religious environmentalism in action, including the Religious Witness for the Earth's protest against the energy policy of the Bush administration in Washington, DC on May 3, 2001; the demonstration against the Maxaam Corporation at Headwaters Forest in Humboldt County, California on January 26, 1997; the coalition of independent African Christian churches and traditional African religions to repair the ravaged landscape in southern Zimbabwe's Masvingo province; the sixth annual and tenth anniversary meeting of Sisters of Earth, a loose network of nuns, in Fayetteville, Arkansas on July 15–18, 2004; and similar actions in other countries such as Taiwan and Sri Lanka.

Keywords: Narmada Bachao Andolan; India; religious environmentalism; Masvingo province; Maxaam Corporation; Religious Witness for the Earth; Taiwan; Sri Lanka; Sisters of Earth

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Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Religion and Science

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