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Religion & Climate Change

As the pandemic dominated Americans’ attention in 2020, another crisis—climate change—worsened with alarming speed. The year 2020 brought the most active Atlantic hurricane season ever, the West Coast’s worst fire season, and the hottest global temperatures (tied with 2016). All of this unfolded even as the Trump administration, in alliance with evangelical climate-change deniers, continued to thwart policies that would combat global warming. Now, with the election of Joe Biden, the U.S. has rejoined the Paris climate accord and environmentalism is regaining political momentum. What is religion’s role in this new environment, and how does it shape Americans’ understanding of climate change? What questions should scholars be pursuing on religion and climate? Join our expert panelists as they reflect on these and related questions.

Panelists: Amanda J. Baugh, California State University, Northridge Evan Berry, Arizona State University Cohosts: Lisa H. Sideris, Indiana University, Bloomington Peter J. Thuesen, IUPUI


Author

The Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture
Institution

K-12, Community College, Public College or University, Private College or University, Seminary
Institution Type

Video
Resource Type

Intro, Undergraduate Course
Class Type

2021
Date Published

Religious Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Area Studies, English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, The Arts, Theology, Women's Studies, Other
Discipline

Atheism/Agnosticism/Skepticism, Buddhism, Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Hinduism, Indigenous, Islam, Judaism, New Religious Movements, Other Christianities, Other Traditions, Protestant
Religous Tradition

Business/Capitalism/Labor, Class/Power, He​alth/Death, Politics/Law/Government, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity, Science/Technology/Environment
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