These books on religion & environmentalism, prove that many people across the world, see God (of whatever kind you believe) as our Creator. It can be quite depressing when we have governments that are intent on mindlessly destroying our planet for profit, while pretending to focus on being ‘good Christians’ and the like. In truth, real Christians see our planet and all its creatures to be cared for. St Francis of Assisi was the patron saint of ecology, animal welfare and simple living.
Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that have received. Only what you have given. St Francis of Assisi
Books on Religion & Environmentalism
- God’s Gardeners is a book of stories from Singapore, on how Christians from all walks of life are helping to save the planet. Putting their faith into real action.
- Sacred Acts and Natural Saints are interesting books, detailing how churches help communities. From decreasing energy bills to integrating care of creation into the curriculum, other ideas include using the church as a free farmers’ market and sharing food canning skills. One church even spear-headed state legislation to make their area coal-free.
- When God Isn’t Green is a round the world trip by law professor Jay Wexler, as he explores how religions are harming the planet, in the name of God. From celebrations that cause polluting smoke through bonfires and incense to releasing doves (most die soon after, sent to inappropriate habitats) to leaving idols of Gods in the sea, this book covers those who seek to ‘teach us God’ that destroy rainforests, poison homes and use whale blubber and dead eagles, in the name of all sorts of religious faiths.
- Green Sisters is a book for any convent looking to green up. Wonderfully written by a scholar, Sarah follows the world’s eco-nuns, as they rip up lawns to build community food, drive around in eco-friendly cars and put solar panels on their roofs. The best line is from the Mother Superior who says ‘anyone who sees the Divine in a potato, could not turn it into Pringles!’
- They Will Inherit the Earth is the latest book by Father John Dear, a Catholic priest who is always upsetting the Vatican and others, for his views on animal welfare and climate change (good in our book!) He has already been arrested over 75 times for protesting against war and nuclear weapons. In this book, he suggests living with Mother Earth and her creatures, as the best way to love God. He has since been dismissed by the Jesuit order for ‘disobedience’. This has raised questions, as to dismiss him would have to have approval by the Vatican, run by the Jesuit simple-living, environmentalist-friendly Pope Francis?
- 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 film The Riot and the Dance, he writes that Christian responsibility for the natural world goes back to the beginning, and that ‘conservation’ is not just a word that progressives made up.
- Green Buddhism offers help and thoughts at a time of growing environmental crisis. With global temperatures rising and species rapidly disappearing, can Buddhists be a critical voice in the green conversation. Leading Buddhist environmentalist Stephanie Kaza spent her career exploring both religion and ecology and offers guidance to people and communities, on how to live sustainable lives, on our one and only home.