Understanding Climate Change through Religious Lifeworlds
Published by: Indiana University Press
How can religion help to understand and content with the challenges of climate change?
Understanding Climate Change through Religious Lifeworlds, edited by David Haberman, presents a unique collection of essays that detail how the effects of human-related climate change are actively reshaping religious ideas and practices, even as religious groups and communities endeavor to bring their traditions to bear on mounting climate challenges.
People of faith from the low-lying islands of the Caribbean to the glacial regions of the Himalayas are influencing how their communities understand earthly problems and develop meaningful responses to them. This collection focuses on a variety of different aspects of this critical interaction, including the role of religion in ongoing debates about climate change, religious sources of environmental knowledge and how this knowledge informs community responses to climate change, and the ways that climate change is in turn driving religious change.
Understanding Climate Change through Religious Lifeworlds offers a transnational view of how religion reconciles the concepts of the global and the local and influences the challenges of climate change.
Introduction: Multiple Perspectives on an Increasingly Uncertain World
1. Climate Change Never Travels Alone
2. Climate Change, Moral Meteorology and Local Measures at Quyllurit'i, a High Andean Shrine
3. Religious Explanations for Coastal Erosion in Narikoso, Fiji
4. "Nature Can Heal Itself"
5. Maya Cosmology and Contesting Climate Change in Mesoamerica
6. Anthropogenic Climate Change, Anxiety, and the Sacred
Loss, Anxiety, and Doubt
7. The Vanishing of Father White Glacier
8. Loss and Recovery in the Himalayas
9. Angry Gods and Raging Rivers
10. Recasting the Sacred
Conclusion: Religion and Climate Change
List of Contributors
"These ethnographies each offer a wealth of information on particular religious encounters with a changing climate, and collecting them here makes clear the complexity and importance of comparative work on religion and climate change. Anyone who wants to understand the ways people and making spiritual and moral sense of climate change should read this book."~Kevin J. O'Brien, Pacific Lutheran University, author of The Violence of Climate Change
"Understanding Climate Change through Religious Lifeworlds offers a fascinating array of cross-cultural ethnographic studies of the complicated relationship between religion and climate change. These chapters all argue in one way or another that religion "matters.""~Sarah Pike, California State University, Chico, author of For the Wild