Research done by shows there is potential for faith to mobilize social environmental change. Since roughly 84% of the global population identifies with some sort of religion, faith organizations could have a significant and important impact on environmental issues. While currently many conversations about the environment are framed by economics, religions can appeal to moral and spiritual worldviews that can inspire people to think about environmentalism in terms of justice, sacred duty, compassion, empathy, and kindness. Appealing to faith-based worldviews has potential to bypass political divides and cultural affiliations that have stifled action in the past. Religious leaders could further incorporate environmental matters into their spiritual teaching and practice, and scientists and policymakers could engage more with people of faith.

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