These books on religion & environmentalism prove that many people value our planet. If you are disheartened seeing those who believe in God continue to destroy our planet, take faith as there are others who truly carry out His will:
- A Different Shade of Green is by Gordon Wilson, who writes that ‘we have been shockingly bad at using our Bibles and our brains, when it comes to conservation and the environment’. Creator of the documentary The Riot and the Dance, he writes that Christian responsibility for the natural world is real, and ‘conservation’ is not just a word that progressives made up.
- Sacred Acts and Natural Saints both detail how churches help communities. From decreasing energy bills to integrating care of creation into the curriculum, these churches set up farmers’ markets, share food-canning skills and bring in legislation for clean energy.
- When God Isn’t Green is by law professor Jay Wexler, as he explores how religions are harming the planet, in the name of God. From polluting smoke (bonfires, incense) to releasing doves (most die after released into inappropriate habitats) to leaving idols of Gods in the sea; those that ‘teach us God’, destroy rainforests, poison homes and kill wildlife.
- Green Sisters is a book to meet the world’s eco-nuns, who are replacing lawns with community food, drive electric cars and put solar panels on their roofs. Mother Superior says ‘Anyone sees the Divine in a potato, could not turn it into Pringles!’
- They Will Inherit the Earth is by Father John Dear, a Catholic priest who has recently been dismissed by his Jesuit order, after being arrested over 75 times for protesting against war and nuclear weapons.
- Green Buddhism offers help and thoughts at a time of growing environmental crisis. With global temperatures rising and species disappearing, can Buddhists be a critical voice in the green conversation? Environmentalist Stephanie Kaza explores religion with ecology.
- Caring for Creation is written by a former American TV meteorologist, who had his career ended, by voicing his thoughts on climate change. Written for Christian evangelicals, who love God and the planet.
- God’s Gardeners is a book of stories from Singapore, on how Christians are helping to save the planet. Putting their faith into real action.
Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received. Only what you have given. St Francis of Assisi (Catholic saint)