Faith in Conservation: New Approaches to Religions and the Environment

Overview

This book, arising from over twenty years experience of working with the world's major faiths, draws extensively upon joint World Bank and ARC (Alliance of Religion and Conservation)/WWF (World Wildlife Fund for Nature) projects world wide. It shows, through stories, land management, myths, investment policies, legends, advocacy and celebration, the role the major faiths have, do and can play in making the world a better place.

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Overview

This book, arising from over twenty years experience of working with the world's major faiths, draws extensively upon joint World Bank and ARC (Alliance of Religion and Conservation)/WWF (World Wildlife Fund for Nature) projects world wide. It shows, through stories, land management, myths, investment policies, legends, advocacy and celebration, the role the major faiths have, do and can play in making the world a better place.

The major faiths are the oldest institutions in the world and have survived essentially because they are constantly evolving and changing. There is much to be learnt by newer institutions such as the World Bank and the multitudes of NGOs about how to remain true to what you believe but change and grow as you develop. The book explores issues of climate change, forestry, asset management, education and biodiversity protection and does so using the techniques of the great faiths—storytelling, example and celebration. It reveals a variety of world views and it asks us to see that our personal view may be just one amongst many.

The challenge of living with integrity in a pluralist world underlies the book and it offers models of how diversity is crucial in attempting to ensure we have a sustainable world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821355596
  • Publisher: World Bank Publications
  • Publication date: 8/3/2003
  • Series: Directions in Development
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 Worlds of Difference
1 Changing Worlds 3
2 How Did We Get Here? 15
3 Changing Minds 23
4 Investing in the Future 37
5 Celebrating the Environment 49
Pt. 2 The Faith Statements on Ecology
6 Introduction 67
7 Baha'i Faith 71
8 Buddhism 77
9 Christianity 83
10 Daoism 87
11 Hinduism 91
12 Islam 97
13 Jainism 107
14 Judaism 111
15 Shintoism 127
16 Sikhism 131
17 Zoroastrianism 145
Glossary 149
Selected Bibliography 153
About the Authors 157
Index 159
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