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Title: Interreligious Dialogue and Environmental Ethics
Author(s): LAI, Pan-Chiu
Journal: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue
Volume: 21 Issue: 1 Date: 2011
Environmental ethics has become a focus of dialogue among people of different religions and cultures for some years. Through reviewing the recent discussion on environmental ethics, the development of environmental movements and some cases of interreligious dialogue on environmental issues, this paper attempts to argue that since an adequate environmental ethics should be contextual and appropriate to the perception of the people involved, the diversity among the worldviews of the global religions makes it neither necessary nor desirable to take the establishment of a universal ethic for the environment as the goal of interreligious dialogue. Instead, the dialogue among religions on the environmental issues should aim at the betterment of the environment through the mutual creative transformation of the religious traditions involved.