Religion and Environmentalism
Exploring the Issues
by Lora Stone
July 2020, 195pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6856-6
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In the past few decades, religiously motivated environmentalism has become a powerful force in shaping environmental policy.

A foundational resource for readers investigating religiously motivated environmentalism, this book provides both a global overview of the subject and a detailed discussion of key figures, concepts, organizations, events, and documents.

Beginning in the late 1960s, a growing number of activists, scholars, and scientists asserted that traditional religions had been major contributors to the environmental crisis. In response, theologians, religious organizations, and religiously motivated activists became increasingly involved in environmental issues. At the same time, emerging nature-based belief systems emphasized values and lifestyles based in environmentalism. More recently, religiously motivated environmentalism has become a powerful force in shaping environmental policy and human action globally and has joined with secular environmentalism to address related issues.

This book explores the background and current state of religious environmentalism. The book begins with an overview essay examining the history and context of religious environmentalism and its significance today. A chronology then profiles the most important events related to religious environmentalism. A section of more than 50 alphabetically arranged reference entries follows, with each entry providing objective information about people, places, events, movements, works, and other topics. The entries include cross-references and suggestions for further reading, and the book closes with a selected, annotated bibliography of major works.


  • An introductory essay provides an overview of the origins and present-day significance of religious environmental activism
  • A chronology features important events related to religion and the environment
  • More than 50 alphabetically arranged reference entries provide objective, essential information about people, works, theories, movements, events, and other topics related to religious environmentalism
  • Entries cite works for further reading and an annotated bibliography directs users to additional resources
Lora Stone is associate professor of sociology at University of New Mexico, Gallup. She has contributed to works including Reforming America: A Thematic Encyclopedia and Document Collection of the Progressive Era and Imperialism, Expansionism in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection, and The Encyclopedia of American Religion and Politics. She has conducted national research on congregational development and political participation, as well as regional research on culture and environmentalism in youth conservation corps.


"A useful overview of topics relating to religious practice and environmentalism, among them ecofeminism, food security, and climate change."—Choice, April 1, 2021

Religion in Politics and Society Today

Religion has long played an influential role in shaping our world. Each book in this series examines how religion informs a particularly critical social or political concern, such as antisemitism, education, environmental issues, Islam in America, and war. Through an overview essay, chronology, and roughly 50 alphabetically arranged reference entries, the volumes provide concise, objective coverage of the essential elements of the topic discussed. An annotated bibliography closes each book and directs the reader to some of the most important sources of additional information.
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