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Green revelations in a country of drought, flood and fire : a case study of Abrahamic faith communities and sustainability
journal contributionposted on 2011-11-14, 00:00 authored by Justin LawsonJustin Lawson, Kelly MillerKelly Miller
This paper reports research into the levels of awareness and engagement of Abrahamic communities regarding environmental sustainability in the State of Victoria, Australia. Seventeen faith groups were targeted for study at 22 locations throughout Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne; with 15 in-depth interviews completed. The study suggests that personal awareness does not always translate well into group action, resulting in conflicting positions within denominations on how to respond to environmental issues. Some denominations have funding and human resources to support environmental programs. Smaller groups struggle to maintain numbers, are trying to expand, or do not participate because of fundamentally different worldviews.