A growing chorus of voices has suggested that the world's religions may become critical actors as the climate crisis unfolds, particularly in light of international paralysis on the issue. It is estimated that over 90 percent of Ghana's high forest has been logged since the late 1940s. Although it may provide insights of value for conservation, not only of species, but also of ecosystem processes and functions, such information is being lost rapidly. The paper recommends that more anthropological research should investigate local perceptions of forest space and landscape, biodiversity conservation and traditional beliefs, and their significance for natural resources management. Why are some people more disposed to reflect on confounding issues like climate change, recognise the danger, seek a solution, and act accordingly, more than others? Keywords Berekum Traditional Area, worldview, cosmovision, ritual, Afahye, Yerepra Yadee, Mmebuo, indigenous ecological knowledge.
Definitive conclusions are difficult given the complexity of biocultural systems; nevertheless, extant research has identified many themes and dynamics that hinder environmental understanding and mobilization by religious individuals, whether Abrahamic or involved in religions that originated in Asia. . Simple random sampling technique was used to select 170 respondents men and women from the two districts in the Bosomtwe and Bosome-Freho Districts in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, bordering the Lake Bosomtwe. However, climate change has now grabbed the attention of different faith communities as well, due to the role ecological issues play in societal challenges like poverty and health care. A growing chorus of voices has suggested that the world's religions may become critical actors as the climate crisis unfolds, particularly in light of international paralysis on the issue.
Economic activities are having a great impact on the lake in terms of pollution and sedimentation on the Lake. While there is a growing literature in theology and ethics about climate change and religion, little research has been previously published about the ways in which religious institutions, groups and individuals are responding to the problem of climate change. International Advocacy for Climate Justice, Guillermo Kerber 19. Buddhism is used as a case study of a specific faith tradition. They need information not only about the issue and its possible consequences, but also about feasible governance strategies and instruments to combat it.
Both endemic and keystone species that are important for ecosystem functions are avoided by specific-species taboos. The mollusc Tympanotonus fuscatus, three species of turtles Green, Olive Ridley, Leatherback , and the Black heron are exploited by many coastal communities in Ghana, but in all cases, the species are protected by some communities through traditional beliefs and taboos. We examined aerial photographs spanning more than three decades, interviewed and surveyed local residents, and met with communities to learn about the environmental history of the forests and the factors that have affected land use in the area. He then presents an overview of what has been accomplished to date and closes with solutions for what these faith groups have to do if they wish to better the environment. Religious Perspectives on Climate Change in the West Ivoirian Mountainous Region, Sadia Cherif and Joy H.
Seventeen research-driven chapters are written by sociologists, anthropologists, geographers and other social scientists. In recent years, many faiths have begun to address climate change and its consequences for human societies, especially the world's poor. Reframing Deforestation suggests that the scale of deforestation wrought by West African farmers during the twentieth century has been vastly exaggerated. They have forgotten that life is environment and environment is life due to rapid cultural change, population explosion etc. In both cases, the groves are the only relatively intact forest in severely degraded landscapes and farmlands. Fallow periods have been reduced and continuous cropping has become common. Reviewing this research is the focus of this article.
Religion, Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change in a Mountain Region: a Case Study of Thini Village, Mustang, Nepal, Sujata Manandhar, Dietrich Schmidt-Vogt, Vishnu Prasad Pandey, and Futaba Kazama 4. There is evidence that indigenous methods of imparting ecological knowledge and thereby dealing with environmental problems are facing some challenges that appear to have interfered with their effectiveness. The following year was the hottest in a non-El Nino year. Carolyn Peach Brown, Douglas R. Conflicting Perceptions of Ecological Change near the Gangotri-Gaumukh Glacier, Georgina Drew 3. The research seeks to find out the significance of freshwater and its sustainability in a given community, using Lake Bosomtwe as a case study. Environmental conservation and preservation of religio-cultural heritage for tourism development in the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area in the Eastern Region of Ghana have been examined in this paper.
Religion and the Environment, 1st Edition By Communication Strategies for Engaging Climate Skeptics examines the intersection of climate skepticism and Christianity and proposes strategies for engaging climate skeptics in productive conversations. Among the Tukano Indians of the Colombian Northwest Amazon, carrying capacity is defined mainly in terms of the conservation of protein resources such as game, fish and certain wild fruits. The densities of Tympanotonus fuscatus ranged from 172. This stems from the rapid changes in the belief systems. Randolph Haluza-DeLay is an associate professor of sociology at The King's University College in Alberta, Canada.
Ecotourism is also seen as a new way to conserve biodiversity. Prophecies and Climate Change in the Mam Altiplano of Guatemala, Julie Hermesse 9. The Pacific Islands are used as a geographic case. Thus there is a global responsibility for international cooperation to tackle the causes through mitigation strategies such as those agreed at the Durban Platform of December 2011. Rapid climate change and ageing of the population are transforming the living conditions in the region. This paper examines the role of traditional religious beliefs and traditional leaders in conserving remnant patches of a unique type of dry forest in the Zambezi Valley of northern Zimbabwe. Spiritual importance of the Lake has dwindled over time and the materialisation of the lake has become an important measure which is causing its possible extinction.
Religion includes beliefs, worldviews, practices, and institutions that cross borders, time, and scale from the level of individuals all the way to transnational and transhistorical movements. Climate Denial on the Christian Right in the United States, Bernard Daley Zaleha and Andrew Szasz 15. This is seen in the deterioration of water bodies near communities and the lack of access to clean water supply in these communities. The paper discusses the increased rate at which the environment is being destroyed since the advent of Christianity and Islam in Southeastern Nigeria. Therefore, this paper believe, the time has come for us to forge a common ground in our efforts to find a lasting solution to our environmental problems from both the perspectives of science and that of Indigenous Spiritualities and Culture.