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Environmentalism is based in science, but is also imbued with values and, for some, a sense of the sacred. This can lead people to wonder if it isn't a type of faith. I explore this interesting question in Is Environmentalism a Religion?

The two even share some of the same values, though for different reasons. For instance, environmentalism teaches anti-materialism because of the limits of the earth, while many faiths teach it because of a belief in a higher order of meaning. Regardless of the inspiration, many of us find ourselves wishing for less materialistic ways to celebrate around holiday time. I offer some suggestions in With Gifts, Too, Less Can Be More and Mindfulness Over Matter.

Death is another time when environmental and spiritual values often coincide. Green Burials offers ways to follow both.


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