IGN 10-1
Religions and sustainability: Beyond the academic pale, or potent partnership for earth stewardship?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
313, Sacramento Convention Center
Gregory E. Hitzhusen, School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Religions are playing an increasingly important role in Earth Stewardship, a role that has often been under appreciated or criticized by environmental thinkers. Despite some resistance, scholars, scientific and professional societies, and non-profit environmental organizations have made significant investments in the past decade to engage with the sustainability perspectives of religious communities. Studying these developments indicates a range of best practices for effective science communication with faith communities, and suggests opportunities for scientists to better appreciate the Earth Stewardship perspectives of the world's religions. Ecologists are wondering: are religions an essential partner in preserving the systems we study?