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Blessed Unrest

By Paul Hawkin. Blessed Unrest explores the diversity of the movement, its brilliant ideas, innovative strategies, and hidden history, which date back many centuries. A culmination of Hawken's many years of leadership in the environmental and social justice fields, it will inspire and delight any and all who despair of the world's fate, and its conclusions will surprise even those within the movement itself. Fundamentally, it is a description of humanity's collective genius, and the unstoppable movement to reimagine our relationship to the environment and one another.(Viking, 2007).


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The Book of Nature

By Camille Helminski. The Book of Nature is an anthology of spiritual perspectives on nature and the environment, highlighting the human role in honouring and maintaining the balance. Part One looks at the Basic Principles such as Unity, Interdependence, Power, and Beauty. Part Two includes sections on the Four Elements and The Communities (Species) of Life. The Final Section is on Caring for God's Creation from the Muslim perspective. While themes from the Quran introduce each chapter, The Book of Nature also includes the wisdom of other faith traditions. To view an excerpt, click here (The Book Foundation, 2006).


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A Communion of Subjects: Animals in Religion, Science, and Ethics

By Paul Waldau. A Communion of Subjects is the first comparative and interdisciplinary study of the conceptualization of animals in world religions. Scholars from a wide range of disciplines consider how major religious traditions have incorporated animals into their belief systems, myths, rituals, and art. Their findings offer profound insights into humans' relationships with animals and a deeper understanding of the social and ecological web in which we all live. (Columbia University Press, 2009).


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The Compassionate Universe

By Eknath Easwaran. In The Compassionate Universe, Easwaran describes his search for a way of life that combines inner fulfillment, respect for nature, and effective participation in the world. Then he presents the fruit of that search: a comprehensive program of trusteeship of ourselves and the earth. This is environmentalism as a great adventure, filled with the challenges and rewards of inner growth.(Nilgiri Press, 1993).


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Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future

By Bron Taylor. Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future examines a wide range of individuals and groups around the world - environmentalists, surfers, artists, writers, filmmakers, politicians, and scientists - who consider nature sacred and intrinsically valuable. Taylor argues that such religion may, eventually, lead the way to a green future. The website, which was established to complement the book, includes video, music, slideshows, and internet links, providing a visceral feel for the phenomena explored in the book. (University of California Press, 2009).


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Earth and Faith: A Book of Reflection for Action

Edited by Libby Bassett. This publication reflects on the numerous links between faith and the preservation of our planet Earth. It offers an overview of lessons that the various faith traditions provide through the profound respect they teach for our planet. It presents a panorama of Earth issues and success stories on: fresh water, oceans and coasts, climate change, protecting the land, biodiversity and biosafety, toxic wastes and chemicals, consumerism, and globalization. Earth and Faith is the result of a unique effort to continue the dialogue between the scientific and faith communities from which is hoped will emerge a greater commitment to take responsible actions for the protection of our environment.(UN Environmental Programme; Markings Present; Heavy Shelfwear edition, 2000).


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Ethics for a Small Planet

By the Biodiversity Project. This handbook on the ethical and theological underpinnings of biodiversity conservation is a tool to open a broader conversation on the ethical considerations related to protecting species, habitat, and ecosystems. Featuring essays from a distinguished group of ethicists, theologians, environmental advocates, and communications experts, this handbook will help biodiversity spokespersons understand the ethical and religious frameworks in which biodiversity issues are discussed so that they can communicate more effectively with the public.(The Biodiversity Project, 2005).


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Future Ethics: Climate Change and Apocalyptic Imagination

By Dr. Stefan Skrimshire. In this fascinating book, eleven leading experts explore the philosophical and ethical issues underlying social responses to climate change and in particular how these responses draw upon ideas about the future. Ideal for students of environmental ethics in multiple disciplines, the book provides sources and discussion for anyone interested in issues to do with environment, society and ethics. (Continuum Publishing Corporation, 2010).


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Gaia and Climate Change

By James Lovelock. The Gaia theory revolutionized the understanding of our place and role in the global environment. It is now accepted that our activities over the past two hundred years have contributed to and accelerated the extreme weather events associated with climate change. The fact that those activities materialized, for the most part, from within Western Christian communities makes it imperative to assess and to change their theological climate. The basis for change explored here offers a basis for nonviolent theological and practical approaches to our situatedness within the community of life. (Routledge, 2009).


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The Good in Nature and Humanity: Connecting Science, Religion, and Spirituality with the Natural World

By Stephen Kellert and Timothy Farnham. The Good in Nature and Humanity brings together 20 leading thinkers and writers - including Ursula Goodenough, Lynn Margulis, Dorion Sagan, Carl Safina, David Petersen, Wendell Berry, Terry Tempest Williams, and Barry Lopez - to examine the divide between faith and reason, and to seek a means for developing an environmental ethic that will help us confront two of our most imperiling crises: global environmental destruction and an impoverished spirituality.(Island Press, 2002).


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A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and Our Planet's Future

By Roger S. Gottlieb. From Publishers Weekly: The argument of Gottlieb's hopeful, surprising book is that today, religious people and organizations are among the most committed, and most persuasive, environmental activists. Gottlieb's view is global, principally examining religious green activism in the U.S., but also looking at Zimbabwe, Taiwan and the Vatican. And his approach is ecumenical, encompassing Jewish and Christian theologians who have found a powerful biblical call to stewardship of God's creation, and Buddhist teachers who are prompted by their belief in compassion to extend care to the natural world. (Oxford University Press, 2006).


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Inspiring Progress

By Gary T. Gardner. The absence of strong spiritual and ethical dimensions in twentieth-century development helped to produce one of the most violent, environmentally impoverished, and economically unequal centuries in human history. Inspiring Progress identifies the value that religions add to the debate about societal advancement, and it encourages the world’s religious traditions to step up their involvement in shaping the development path of the human family in the twenty-first century. (W. W. Norton & Company, 2006).


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Journey of the Universe

By Brian Thomas Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker. In Journey of the Universe, authors Swimme and Tucker tell the epic story of the universe from an inspired new perspective, weaving the findings of modern science together with enduring wisdom found in the humanistic traditions of the West, China, India, and indigenous peoples. This book is part of a larger project that includes a documentary film, an educational DVD series, and a website.(Yale University Press, 2011).


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Love God, Heal the Earth

By Rev. Sally G Bingham. Foremost religious leaders from diverse faith communities respond to the most controversial question of our time: Can we save the earth? The answer could hinge on the phenomenon of the fast-growing interfaith religious environmental movement. Bingham makes the case for environmental stewardship that cuts across old divisions of faith and politics. She presents 20 fellow religious leaders and eminent scholars, each contributing an original essay-chapter, with personal stories of awakening to the urgent need for environmental awareness and action.(St. Lynn's Press, 2009).


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The Rebirth of Nature

By Rupert Sheldrake. One of the world's foremost biologists revolutionizes scientific thinking with his vision of a living, developing universe with its own inherent memory. In The Rebirth of Nature, Rupert Sheldrake urges us to move beyond the centuries-old mechanistic view of nature, explaining why we can no longer regard the world as inanimate and purposeless. (Park Street Press, 1994).


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Spirit and Nature: Why the Environment is a Religious Issue

By Steven C. Rockefeller. As featured in Bill Moyers's PBS special "Spirit and Nature", leaders from major traditions around the world speak out in this volume about what spiritual resources we may turn to in our age of unprecedented danger to the planet.(Beacon Press, 1992).