Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology Announces New Online Courses through Yale/Coursera

January 20, 2022

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Our partners at the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology are pleased to announce a new series of online courses through Yale/Coursera, entitled Religions and Ecology: Restoring the Earth Community.

These Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) explore the ecological dimensions of the world’s religions, and feature the Parliament’s book Faith for Earth—A Call for Action, published jointly with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)Faith for Earth describes the environmental traditions and teachings of the world’s faith communities and provides an introduction to Earth’s major ecosystems and the climate and sustainability crises facing humanity. The book is available as a free download at: parliamentofreligions.org/faith-earth-call-action

Developed over the course of several years by Mary Evelyn Tucker, Co-Director of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology and a member of the Parliament’s Climate Action Task Force, and John Grim, Co-Director of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology; these courses draw on a rich variety of lectures, videos, readings, and interviews with scholars, religious leaders, and environmental practitioners from around the world. They highlight religious ideas and practices inspiring ecojustice movements in response to the challenges of the climate emergency, biodiversity loss, and pollution. These include:

  • Introduction to Religions and Ecology
  • Indigenous Traditions and Ecology – representatives from every continent
  • South Asian Religions and Ecology – Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Baha’i Faith
  • East Asian Religions and Ecology – Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, Shinto
  • Western Religions and Ecology – Judaism, Christianity, Islam

Completion of these five courses leads to a Coursera Specialization certificate. A Specialization designates a series of related courses designed to help a learner gain a basic understanding of a given topic.

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