Responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have changed the tone and tenor of everyday life by touching many aspects of global society, including environmental health. Social distancing measures, including cuts to air travel and restrictions to social gatherings, have already impacted the environment on a global scale. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause deaths and disrupt billions of lives globally, people may turn to religious groups, family, friends, co-workers or other social networks for support. A research shows that more and more people are becoming religious in the USA than in any other country. Nearly three-in-ten Americans (28%) report stronger personal faith because of the pandemic.
So, people are making, I think, this connection with the help of scientists and epidemiologists and Center for Disease Control etc…. That the environment impinges on human health and we can’t have healthy people on a sick planet. That’s why religions have this possibility of reaching people in the mosque, in the synagogue, in the temple, on the ground. And I think, also on another level, you could say on a personal level, this Covid period has really caused people to go into contemplation, reflection, meditation, yoga, tai-chi. All the things that keep us healthy. So, it is a moment of extraordinary reflection, and I think that people are going into that part of themselves that nourish life, because we are at such feeling of “end-times”. So, as we are pressed back, transformation renewal does arise.
I do think that the world will never be the same, clearly. New forms of religiosity, of spirituality, of a more comprehensive compassion of a more inclusive ethics for other people, those who are suffering. So, that sense of empathy, of compassion, that we are unified as people, but that we are also somehow mysteriously. All religions understand this. Unified as an earth community with these extraordinary systems which nurture us. River systems, forest systems, savannahs, all of those places, the mangroves, the oceans are places that nourish us. One of the things that has inspired me is in the Confucian tradition.
There is a beautiful metaphor for heaven, earth and human- Heaven being the father, Earth being the mother and human – that which has come out of the cosmos of the earth and the human. And what developed in that system is filial piety, giving back of care and compassion and nourishment and not over-exploitation of systems. It is an amazing environmental ethics, I would say. That is part of the future.
Religion can play important roles in addressing climate change and environmental health. The normative teachings of various traditions—including Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam—can address the ethical crisis of climate change, as countries least responsible for global warming disproportionately suffer diseases linked to environmental change. In this interview with Ms. Tucker, we went through some important questions about the connection between religion and ecology and how to maintain the environment. Everything around is nourishing us, everything has its own energy, take care of the place that you live in.
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