Welcome to the new Yale Forum Blog!

We will be sharing a variety of original content including interviews, reviews, reports from the field, new and enhanced resources on the Forum website, content from our new video podcast series, FORE Spotlights, and much more. 

Check back every Tuesday and Thursday for new content. 

August 29, 2022

impressionistic image of people in a grassy field

This is the beginning of the third year of Spotlights, the podcast for the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology. This new beginning intersects with another new beginning: the Religion and Ecology unit of the American Academy of Religion has two new co-chairs, Joseph Wiebe, PhD, and Kimberly Carfore, PhD. In this episode, they both reflect on the past, present, and future of the academic field and activist force of religion and ecology. We talk about the success of previous chairs and others who have...

August 25, 2022

Today, we shine a spotlight on one of the winners of the 2022 Yale Environment 360 Film Contest.

We in the Woods is a short film about the efforts of Indigenous Karen Buddhist ascetics in the tiny Thai village of Ban Hmong Kua to preserve their woodlands from development and ecological degradation. It won second runner up in the contest and provides a window into their world and their work, using their traditional ecological knowledge to combat the pollution and destruction of their home. See the full 13-minute...

August 22, 2022

This blog regularly features clips and episodes from the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology podcast, Spotlights. It is a video podcast series, with episodes posted on the Forum’s YouTube channel. and archived on the Forum website here.

Along with the video version of each episode, we also make audio versions available. Some people prefer listening to podcasts instead of watching, sometimes finding the audio version more convenient, or more enjoyable, or easier to pay attention to.

Before Spotlights returns for its third...

August 18, 2022

This autumn and winter, The Interfaith Council of Thanks-Giving Square (and associates) will be hosting a 6-part webinar series titled “Faiths In Conversation: Religion & Ethics of Creation Care.” Each month they will focus on a different religious tradition. The first webinar on September 12 at 4pm CST will be on Judaism & Ethics of Creation Care. Forum advisor Hava Tirosh Samuelson will be speaking and Martin Jaffe of University of North Texas will be responding. You can register for that webinar here. 

Subsequent months will...

August 15, 2022

A recurring theme on many episodes of Spotlights is environmental justice or eco-justice. We have been fortunate to interview pioneers in environmental justice, like Carl Anthony and Dr. Paloma Pavel, who articulate the cosmological context for environmental justice with an inspiring vision of the place of humans in an evolving universe and Earth community. We have also interviewed members of the next generation of scholars and activists engaging with environmental justice, like Rev. Dr. Christopher Carter, whose work focuses on justice in...

August 11, 2022

On July 28, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a landmark resolution declaring a clean, healthy, sustainable environment a basic human right. This landmark declaration has its roots in the 1972 Stockholm Declaration, is largely based on a 2021 statement by the Human Rights Council, and could have profound implications for international and environmental law.


This statement was released by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:

The Secretary-General...

August 8, 2022

photo of North America as seen from space

This week the Inflation Reduction Act was approved by the United States Senate. Among other things, this bill is the most substantial piece of climate legislation in US history. “This is huge,” according to the climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe: “The United States is historically responsible for 25% of global carbon emissions and its influence outside its borders on technology, on policy, is enormous.” As former Vice President Al Gore said, “It’s been a long time coming, but the Senate has finally...

August 4, 2022

We’re pleased to bring you the recording of this special climate conversation from earlier this summer between Bill McKibben and our co-founder and co-director, Mary Evelyn Tucker.

About Bill:
Bill McKibben is founder of Third Act, which organizes people over the age of 60 for action on climate and justice. His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages. He’s gone on to write 20 books, and his work appears...

August 3, 2022

During the first two years of our Spotlights podcast, one of the topics we have covered is the intersection of art, ecology, and spirituality, featuring interviews with Christina Conklin (episode 1.26), Nicole Dixon (ep. 2.8), and Johnna Arnold (ep. 2.18). In case you missed those episodes, it’s never too late to catch up on them. Spotlights will feature more artistic perspectives in the next round of episodes for our third season.  

You can watch or listen to the episodes below.

An archive of previous...

July 28, 2022

Today, we wanted to provide a little tour of the abundance of video resources available here on the Forum site and on our YouTube channel. We hope these collections will be of use to you in your classes and communities. 

The topics in our Video section include:

Religion and Ecology is the largest section in our multimedia offerings with a wealth of content spanning from 2004 to the present. Its subsections include Talks by Mary Evelyn Tucker & John Grim; Tucker/Grim Interviews; Tucker Grim Webinars; talks by other...