A growing chorus of voices has suggested that the world's religions may become critical actors as the climate crisis unfolds, particularly in light of international paralysis on the issue. In recent years, many faiths have begun to address climate change and its consequences for human societies, especially the world's poor. How the World's Religions are Responding to Climate Change is the first volume to use social science to examine how religions are helping to address one of the most significant and far-reaching challenges of our time.
While there is a growing literature in theology and ethics about climate change and religion, little research has been previously published about the ways in which religious institutions, groups and individuals are responding to the problem of climate change. Sixteen research-driven chapters are written by sociologists, anthropologists, geographers and other social scientists. How the World's Religions are Responding to Climate Change explores what effects religions are having, what barriers they are running into or creating, and what this means for the global struggle to address climate change.
Part 1: Social Science, Faith and Climate Change
Part 2: Faith-Based Organizations on the Front Line
Part 3: Faith and Climate Change On the World Stage
Part 4: Faiths Side By Side
Part 5: Local Actions, Struggles for Meaning
Part 6: Religion and Climate Change as Global Phenomena
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Randolph Haluza-DeLay is Associate Professor of Sociology at King's University College, Alberta, Canada. Andrew Szasz is Professor of Sociology at the University of California-Santa Cruz, USA. Robin Globus is the current Assistant Editor for the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture and is completing doctoral studies at the University of Florida, USA.