Q&A: The historic link between religion and environmentalism

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  • kiddsport Fairview, UT
    June 15, 2015 2:40 p.m.

    The most telling sentence in this article states, "Although most of the profiled leaders left formal religious practice behind in adulthood..." In reality, they merely replaced one religion with a more earth-oriented one: environmentalism becomes more and more faith-based with every turn of the screw. Their god is Gaeia, whether they understand that or not.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    June 15, 2015 1:56 p.m.

    Article: "Profiling prominent environmentalists like Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Muir and John Denver..."

    Denver was a celebrity spokesperson and popularizer, in my view, but less influential than many others in developing an environmental philosophy, creating organizations, or moving reform legislation (i.e. a real movement). He is certainly not on a par with Muir. I hope that Stoll also examines the contributions and faith stories of folks like Gifford Pinchot, David Brower, Barry Commoner, Rachel Carson, Aldo Leopold, Garrett Hardin, Wendell Berry, Denis Hayes, Dave Foreman, Stuart Brand, Ed Abbey, and so on. There may be more variety than his thesis supports.

    Stoll: "But once you start looking at green movements from Germany or France..."

    The European Greens have been better at integrating peace, social justice, energy, decentralization, and feminism into a coherent philosophy than Americans. We're pretty balkanized when it comes to activist politics.