The Green Religion
"This religion is Environmentalism, or what some are calling “Greenism.” Its practitioners are sometimes referred to as “Greens.” It is a “stealth” religion in the sense that many Greens would not consider themselves religious. But they are.
"Fundamentals of the Faith
: Religions need a god or some object of worship. For Environmentalists, the Earth, or Nature, functions as that god. The Earth, sometimes referred to by her Greek goddess name “Gaia,” is regarded as a living organism that should be, if not worshipped outright, at least highly revered and cherished. This goes beyond, say, a Judeo-Christian concept of the Earth as a part of creation, something that was made by the God who should be worshipped, and thus should be respected and cared for, but never seen as somehow “divine.”
: The concept of “Eden,” an unspoiled paradise where sinless humanity lived in harmony with God, is also present in Environmentalism. Since Nature, or Gaia, takes the place of “god” for Greens, Eden would be a state of paradise in which humans lived in harmony with Nature. Just imagine a planet with no man-made CO2 emissions because there is no industry. Imagine, also, a world where there is no overpopulation, deforestation, overhunting, overfishing, air pollution, water pollution, desertification, habitat destruction, etc. To Greens, this represents a perfect idyllic world, a paradise, an Eden. The concept of “Eden” for Greens is a pre-industrial Earth, where humans tread lightly on the face of Gaia.
: Sin is a concept found in many religions. Sin for Greens is anything that supposedly offends or harms Gaia. This could include industrial carbon emissions, overuse of resources, overpopulation, or owning private property. The whole idea of free-market capitalism, based as it is on a Judeo-Christian worldview, is considered sinful to environmentalists, with its belief that man has dominion over the Earth, and that, while man should be a good steward of God’s creation, the Earth’s resources are for man’s use.
: Traditionally, salvation was seen as a way to escape sin and damnation and achieve heaven or some form of paradise. For environmentalists, this means creating (or, perhaps, re-creating) an earthly paradise or Eden with humanity living in harmony with Nature (whatever that means) and no pollution, and no ugly industry ruining Gaia’s complexion. Sustainability is the new salvation.
: So how can humanity make atonement for such sins as polluting the environment and using up too many resources? Paying a carbon tax or purchasing “carbon offsets” is a good way to cleanse a guilty Green conscience. Donating time and money to environmental causes is another way Greens can make atonement for their sins against Gaia. Of course, doing personal penance by lowering one’s living standards and consumption is always a great thing to do, according to Environmentalists. And since the world is overpopulated and their aren’t enough resources to go around, having fewer (or no) children is smart. While how much one consumes is important, it is equally important to pay attention to exactly what one is consuming. High preference is given to locally raised, organic food. Certain foods should be avoided if they were not raised, harvested, processed, or shipped sustainably.
: Religions typically have some form of gathering spot, be it a temple, church, mosque, etc. This can refer to the building where religious adherents gather to worship, receive instruction, and fellowship with like-minded individuals, but it often has more significance. In Christianity, for example, “the Church” is often referred to as an official authority of the religion, one that sets doctrine and dogma for Christians. For Environmentalists, the United Nations would fit the bill as a sort of “church” that serves as a seat of authority for the religion of Environmentalism, providing guidance on a global scale regarding environmental issues. The “church” of the UN has published official doctrine and dogma for Greens to follow and preach throughout the world.
"Holy Days and Hymns
: Religions typically have holy days, or days of special significance to that particular religion. Environmentalism is no different. Earth Days certainly function as “holy days” for Greens. In 1969 at a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Conference in San Francisco, “peace activist” John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to be celebrated on the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This was approved by the UN, and the official United Nations Earth Day has been celebrated on the March equinox ever since. Margaret Mead, a cultural anthropologist whose work helped spawn the American “sexual revolution,” added her support for the UN equinox Earth Day, stating in 1978,
: Environmentalism, as you might have guessed, has sacred writings of its own: the Earth Charter and the Temenos Books.
"The Earth Charter is an ethical framework for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It seeks to inspire in all people a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the whole human family, the greater community of life, and future generations. It is a vision of hope and a call to action.”
"The Temenos Books are a collection of handmade, hand-illustrated books filled with pages of visual prayers/affirmations for global healing, peace, and gratitude. The word temenos, originating from the ancient Greek term for a special parcel of land set aside as a sacred space, refers in modern occult parlance to a circle demarcating a space where one can do spiritual “work,” i.e., witchcraft, spells, etc."
Lenghty article includes: Priests and Prophets; Official Doctrine; Just Another False Religion
John T. Larabell - New American - April 21, 2017.