Hope for Environmental Action

Environmental consciousness-raising programs tend to emphasize the magnitude of imminent ecological disasters, if humans continue on their current trajectory. While these environmental literacy programs also call for action to avoid cataclysmic ecological changes, psychological research on "lea...

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Published in:Religious education
Authors: Fleischer, Barbara J.; DeMoor, Emily
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group [2015]
In:Religious education
Year: 2015, Volume: 110, Issue: 3, Pages: 274-288
Online Access: Volltext (Resolving-System)
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Summary:Environmental consciousness-raising programs tend to emphasize the magnitude of imminent ecological disasters, if humans continue on their current trajectory. While these environmental literacy programs also call for action to avoid cataclysmic ecological changes, psychological research on "learned helplessness" suggests that information on the magnitude of ecological problems may actually present barriers to action, unless it is coupled with hope. We focus here primarily on Christian literature that finds hope for environmental action in the rhythms and beauty of Creation, in the biblical narratives of a people of hope, and in a faith community that worships and acts on behalf of the shalom of God on earth.
ISSN:1547-3201
Contains:Enthalten in: Religious education
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1080/00344087.2015.1039372