Sacred Teachings on the Environment
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. – Chief Seattle
The Universe is the work of the Creator. Love of God includes love of all His Creations: the inanimate, plants, animals and humans. Jewish teachings prohibit the destruction of anything from which humans can benefit.
Buddha taught people to live simply and appreciate the natural cycle of life. Craving and greed only bring unhappiness., since demands for material possessions can never be satisfied and people will always demand more, so threatening the environment. All of creation belongs to God not to human beings. God has called us to stewardship of the world to ensure that it remains fruitful for the future.
Christian ethics call for a change of spirit so that we do not continue to knowingly cause the degradation of the world’s ecosystems out of greed and selfishness.
It is said in the Qur’an that Allah invites us to enjoy the fruits of the earth, but to avoid excess leading to waste.
A simple life free from conspicuous waste is the Sikh ideal – a life of mastery over self.
All things are interconnected and flourish according to the law of reciprocity. This principle underlies the Baha’i understanding of the way the universe works and responsibility of humanity.
Let us be faithful to our sacred teachings