Climate Confessions — the religion in sustainability
Climate Confessions is a monthly blog series in which Timothy Stacey reveals the “religious repertoires” associated with sustainability in various sectors. From the myths of great floods that dominate in Dutch politics to the rituals of reconnecting with other humans and the other-than-human found among activists, each month, Tim invites you into the repertoires that lurk beneath the surface, shaping sustainability in an otherwise secular world.
Tim is a researcher and lecturer at the Urban Futures Studio. As well as undertaking research into the repertoires found in various settings, he collaborates with policymakers, designers, and activists to develop new repertoires that advance social, economic, and ecological justice. For more formal reflections, see Tim’s peer-reviewed research: www.uu.nl/staff/TJStacey/Publications. To discuss how repertoires might transform your practice, get in touch email@example.com
Myths of a sustainable future
In contemporary conversation, “myth” is most commonly used to mean “misconception”. The usage stems from colonial times, when anthropologists differentiated between primitive religions, replete with myths, and the scientific worldview. Today, it remains a way of castigating those we disagree with. But in creating this dichotomy, the children of the Enlightenment have been doing themselves a disservice.
Why religion matters for climate change, whatever you believe
When you hear the words religion and climate change, many of you will instantly think of evangelical climate deniers and conspiracy theorists. Very few though, will think of the laboratories and boardrooms in which scientists and policymakers debate over the facts, and what these imply for social and economic life.