This episode originally aired on 14 Jun 2020.
As the world marks Earth Day on April 22, on Soul Search we’re revisiting a conversation with Professor Stephanie Kaza.
How can we live in proper relationships with other species?
We often consider environmental questions in terms of science, or perhaps economics or even politics. But what can religious perspectives add to the conversation? What do religions like Buddhism have to offer as we face up to the ‘hot mess’ of climate change and ecological degradation?
The early 1970s saw a growing awareness of our ecological crisis. It was also a period when Buddhism was starting to spread in the West, including in Australia and the United States. It was during this time that Professor Stephanie Kaza came into contact with some of the key people introducing various traditions of Buddhism to America.
Stephanie is a leading scholar of Green Buddhism and ecology, and Professor Emerita of Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont. She has spent her career exploring the intersection of religion and ecology.