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About the Forum

The Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology is an international multireligious project contributing to a new academic field and an engaged moral force of religious environmentalism. With its conferences, publications, monthly newsletter, and website, it explores religious worldviews, texts, and ethics in order to contribute to environmental solutions along with science, policy, law, economics, and appropriate technology.

The Forum was founded in 1998 by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim and has been based at Yale University since 2006. Please explore the About Us section for more information on the Mission, History, and Projects of the Forum.

Others have been critical to leading this work early on, especially the National Religious Partnership on the EnvironmentGreen FaithInterfaith Power and Light, Earth Ministry, Faith in Place, and Blessed Tomorrow in the United States. In Britain, the Alliance of Religion and Conservation (ARC) has done tireless work led by Martin Palmer with the support of Prince Philip. The European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment has made important contributions to advance scholarly research through conferences and publications.
 

FORE SPOTLIGHTS Video/Podcast Series

Spotlights ~ Episode 44, Environmental Justice 
This week’s episode of Spotlights features clips from three of our previous episodes, with guests describing their work with environmental justice. First, we hear from Carl Anthony, co-founder and co-director (with Dr. Paloma Pavel) of Breakthrough Communities, an organization dedicated to building multiracial leadership for sustainable communities in California & the nation. He discusses his work with environmental justice, including some reflections on his book, The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race. Next, we hear from Paloma Pavel, PhD., President of Earth House Center and visiting faculty at the University of California, Davis. She discusses her path toward environmental justice. Finally, we hear from Rev. Dr. Christopher Carter, an assistant professor and the assistant chair of the Theology and Religious Studies department at the University of San Diego, in San Diego, California. He discusses his work with the field of religion and ecology, with particular attention to the ways in which ecological spaces impact black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC). You can watch the full interviews: Carl Anthony: https://youtu.be/qutsi28YDeY Paloma Pavel: https://youtu.be/hVO2bJeJIJ8 Christopher Carter: https://youtu.be/MDNh1guvyks

 

You can also access the SPOTLIGHTS series as audio podcasts by going here
Watch all episodes of Spotlights from our archive page

Check back here each Monday for a new episode. 
 
Congratulations to FORE Spotlights for being named one of the 20 best podcasts of 2021 on environmental activism!

 

Partner Organizations

UNEP: Faith for Earth Initiative

The mission of Faith for Earth is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.  On May 4, 2020 UNEP Faith for Earth announced a partnership with the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology. See our Faith for Earth page for further information.

Interfaith Rainforest Initiative

The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative (IRI) is an international, multi-faith alliance that works to bring moral urgency and faith-based leadership to global efforts to end tropical deforestation. They provide a platform for religious leaders to work hand-in-hand with indigenous peoples, governments, civil society organizations and businesses on actions that protect rainforests and safeguard the indigenous peoples that serve as their guardians. Read more.

Parliament of the World’s Religions Climate Action Task Force

The Parliament of the World’s Religions, acting with the leadership of its Climate Action Task Force, seeks to encourage and enable collective and individual action to reduce and counter the adverse impacts of human-caused climate change. Read more.

Religions for Peace

Religions for Peace is where the world’s religions join together to ensure that all people enjoy peace, harmony, and prosperity. We are more than an organisation. For 50 years, Religions for Peace has been a movement changing the world and challenging the status quo through our mutual conviction that religions are more powerful, inspiring, and impactful when they work together. Read more.

Greenfaith

GreenFaith inspires, educates, organizes, and mobilizes people of diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds globally for environmental action. Our work is based on beliefs shared by the world’s religious and spiritual traditions. We believe that protecting the Earth is a sacred act, and that environmental stewardship is a moral responsibility. Read more.

Center for Earth Ethics

The Center for Earth Ethics envisions a world where value is measured according to the sustained well-being of all people and our planet. They work to cultivate the public consciousness needed to make changes in policy and culture that will establish a new value system based on this vision. Their four core programs are: Eco-ministry; Environmental Justice & Civic Engagement; Original Caretakers; and Sustainability & Global Affairs. Read more

 

Featured Projects

Laudato Si’

On June 18, 2015, Pope Francis released the encyclical letter, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home. In it the Pope proposes an integral approach to ecology, economics, and equity for the wellbeing of both people and the planet. The Pope’s encyclical is indicative of the increasing relevance and the planetary scope of religion and ecology, especially as it relates to ecojustice.

Please see our Laudato Si’ section for full information on the encyclical.

Go here to read the full text of the document on the Vatican site.

Please also see the Yale article on Pope Francis and the Encyclical and the full video of the Yale 2015 event: Pope Francis and the Environment: Why His New Climate Encyclical Matters.

Laudato Si’ Week 2020 was celebrated May 16-24, 2020. There were many webinars for this event, including one by Mary Evelyn Tucker on the topic of “Eco-spirituality: Deepening our Communion with Creation.” Select video from Laudato Si’ Week 2021 is also available  

The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development held a Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year from May 24, 2020 – May 24, 2021.


Rotating Header photos: Faith leaders process to the Ise shrine,©Alexander Mercer, courtesy of ARC; Newspaper Rock, Utah; Maukib procession Kano, Nigeria, ©Darul Qadiriyyah, Courtesy of ARC; Cambodian monks ordaining trees, ©Chantal Elkin, Courtesy of ARC