The world’s religious traditions must play major roles in enabling societies and individuals to take effective and ethical actions to address the causes and impacts of climate change. After summarizing current climate change knowledge, this paper outlines the pivotal roles of religions on issues of climate change and environmental justice, which hinge primarily on their functions in society and their ethical teachings and influence. The potential of religions to inspire action is then evaluated empirically against data from two compilations of religious activity on climate change. The analysis indicates significant religiously-based involvement and influence on ethical aspects of climate change and points to great potential for the role of religion in future solutions.
“Roles of religion and ethics in addressing climate change” by Paula J. Posas