Earth Day provides an opportunity to reflect on our relationship with the planet and celebrate our passion for a healthy environment. Recently, more faith groups are joining in this dialogue. As environmental messages ring from pulpits and the ‘go green’ mantra is chanted worldwide, faith communities are providing a new moral mandate in the green movement.
Diana Cartwright of Ottawa, Canada is a founding member of Faith and the Common Good (FCG), a national not-for-profit group that brings faith communities together on environmental initiatives.
“There’s many ways that religion motivates people in a very positive way,” says Cartwright, an Environment Canada employee and member of the Bahá’i faith. “When [environmental action] is within a faith context, and people feel it’s part of the moral mandate, they’re more likely to act on it.”
Cartwright is part of a growing global movement that sees faith and environmentalism as inextricably linked. By taking a closer look at religious teachings and working together on campaigns, faith-based environmental groups like FCG are reaching new sectors of society and providing insight into the current environmental crisis. …read more of Faith Goes Green here