Environmentalism And Religion: How Our Faith Shapes Our World

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Throughout our history, Americans have regarded the environment as a resource to be used, not a living entity that must be taken care of. Our cultural beliefs and everyday practices show this disregard with startling clarity. For example, the three top-selling vehicles in the United States during 2004 were all trucks: the Ford F-series, Chevrolet Silverado, and the Dodge Ram Pickup (Best-selling Vehicles of 2004). All of these vehicles use gas and oil at alarming rates, and are not as fuel efficient as most vehicles today should be. Americans like big cars, big houses, big roads, and big cities, all of which create strain on the environment. In contrast, many Eastern countries focus on small: small roads, small cars, and small living areas. When Toyota Motors drove foreign engineers around the parking lot at a Dallas Cowboys football game in order to study the vehicular preferences of average Americans, the Japanese were stunned at how large the pickups in the lot were, and how many of them they saw. They could not believe that such large vehicles were intended for private use. Many other cultures, including the Chinese and the various Middle Eastern cultures, have also been shocked at the material excess of mainstream Americans. Does our consumer-driven, materialistic culture lead us to think differently about our environment? Will this attitude bring about the demise of our civilization?The Aborigines of Australia have a very complex cosmology which ties directly into their surroundings. They believe that their ancestors formed the very land, and that they must perform numerous rituals in order to preserve this heritage. From a very young age, aborigines are taught the stories of their people, which provide knowledge about the environment, trade routes, and how to survive. Many of their creation stories involve animals as well, creating another connection between the people and nature. In contrast to this land-based cosmology, most Americans believe the Christian idea of creation, in which a superior deity created the earth then created humans. The earth, according to the Judeo-Christian belief system, is there for the use of humans, as is evidenced by quotes from the Bible.Then God said, "Let us make humankind in our image, according toour likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping things that creeps upon the earth (Gen 1-2:2-23).God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth." God said, "See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that...

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