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Women and the Sacred Earth: Hindu and Christian Ecofeminist Perspectives

In: Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology
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DwivediDepartment of Political Science, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1

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Lucy ReidMulti-Faith Resource Team, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1

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Abstract

Women's voices within the Christian and Hindu traditions contain theoretical and practical resources for dealing with issues of ecological concern. Hinduism's teachings about Mother Earth and newly crafted eco-feminist theories in Christianity provide a philosophical context for regarding the earth as sacred. The Chipko movement, organized and implemented by local women, prevented the commercial harvesting of lumber and its consequent habitat destruction in India's Uttaranchal Province. In North America, members of Christian women's religious orders have converted many of their properties to organic gardening and teaching centers, and into wildlife sanctuaries. Both movements are providing models for ecological sustainability.

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