Spiritual Ecology: Is It the Ultimate Solution for the Environmental Crisis? (April 2014)

This essay first appeared in the April 2014 issue of Choice (volume 51 | issue 8).


Scientific, academic, and public interest in spirituality and ecology as well as how they intersect has been growing exponentially since the late 1980s. Spiritual ecology may be defined as the vast, diverse, complex, and dynamic arena of intellectual and practical activities at the interfaces between religions and spiritualities on the one hand, and ecologies, environments, and environmentalisms on the other. Overlapping with spiritual ecology are other usually narrower subjects, including but not limited to ecotheology, religion and ecology, and religious environmentalism. Here, only a representative sample of some of the more important books on spiritual ecology can be presented, about 10 …

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About the author:

Leslie E. Sponsel is emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of Hawai’i. His e-mail is sponsel@hawaii.edu. Roger S. Gottlieb, Lisa Mitten, Bron Taylor, and Mary Evelyn Tucker generously provided very helpful comments toward the final draft of this essay, but the author is solely responsible for any deficiencies.