Environmentalism the Antithesis of Religion?
Many people feel that one cannot be a devout Christain (or any religion) and also be an environmentalist, but maybe it is possible. The idea of environmentalism goes beyond the idea of conservation and preservation. It also deals with the relationship between humans and the environment. Could this not be seen as a religious idea in itself? The connection between humans and their surroundings is in part, religions are based on this concept. How people feel a connection to a higher power is what most religions worship. An unseen power that protects and nurtures. The environment is a higher power in this sense since it also protects and nurtures.
In the article "A Fist In the Eye of God", the author talks about the issue of religion and environmentalism relating to one another. She discusses how today there are more and more problems with the genetic manipulation of nature. Pesticides kill some species, but not always the targeted pests. Some insects actually develop a genetic resistance to pesticides. In the article, the idea that manipulating wildlife is like "a fist in the eye of God". If God created the world, that means he created nature. People should not try to control nature because humans do not own nature, instead humans should look after nature. People should see it as a mutual relationship. Nature helps us and humans should help nature. There are other ways that environmentalism and religion can go hand in hand, but the overall idea of environmentalism and religion share many similarities.
Today there exists a stereotype of religious people- that they are highly conservative and do not care about such ideas as environmentalism. On the other hand, people also have stereotypes of those who do care for our environment- that they are too liberal and radical. However, people should try to stop having these stereotypes and then maybe the environmental movement could become even stronger.