February 26, 2010 by The Mormon Worker
Below is an article from the Deseret News, which covered a talk on Religion and Ecology given at BYU by professor John Grim from Yale, and his student, Jason Brown, who is a contributor to the Mormon Worker. Jason is quoted toward the end of the article. The actual lecture can be watched here.
Saving the planet mixes well with religion, Yale scholar says
By Sara Israelsen-Hartley
PROVO — The Jordan River may be sacred to millions of Christians and Jews, but that sacredness hasn’t kept it from becoming a polluted waterway.
“What does it mean to have these places … so undermined by our human activity that they’ve lost their real vital value?” asked John Grim, senior lecturer and scholar at Yale and coordinator of the Forum on Religion and Ecology. “Yet the symbolic value, we claim it daily without a second thought, ‘The River Jordan, it means something in my tradition.’ But the reality is sad, bad news.”
Grim, who teaches students from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as well as the Yale Divinity School and department of religious studies, spoke to BYU students in a recent lecture about the emerging alliance of religion and ecology and how scientists and scholars are turning to religion for help protecting and preserving the planet.
Read the rest of the article here.