Joshua Basofin

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Climate Commitment

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Pueblo Prayer

Zoroastrianism and Ecology

- The material world has been created as a means to help humans  progress. At the end of time, humanity must give it to Ahura Mazda in its original perfect form.
 
- All the creations on the earth are interconnected to each other, and need each other for survival. The faith demands that Zoroastrians love God as well as their fellow creatures.
 
Zoroaster taught his followers to be constantly active in furthering creation, with each human being sharing responsibility for the its progress and prosperity.
 
Humans have been given the responsibility to fight anything that is harmful to the very purpose of creation.

Nature does not hurry.

Shinto tradition acknowledges a deep debt to the blessing of nature and the spiritual power which brings about life, fertility, and prosperity. This life-giving power was called Musubi (divine power of growth), and perceived in all the workings of nature. Since the Japanese people felt the divine within nature, they came to hold the ideal of a life that was in harmony with and united with nature. Mountains peaks, deep valleys, and the wide ocean were viewed as dwellings for the divine, and other natural objects such as evergreen trees and huge rocks were considered to be symbols of divine spirits. 

From 'A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment', published Earth Day 2015:

Who we are

Paganism is a family of spiritual paths rooted in ancestral religions throughout the world and predating recorded history. As explained by the Pagan Federation, Paganism includes polytheistic and pantheistic nature-worshipping religions, and often includes deities of all genders, ancestor veneration, and celebrations in tune with our Earth. A full discussion of the many varieties of Paganism is beyond the scope of this statement, but we, the signatories, value life and the natural world as sacred. Thus, Pagan thought leads us to live in harmony with the rhythms of our great Earth.

Nature is sacred

We receive, acknowledge and embrace the sacred in and as nature, though our individual relationships with the natural world are diverse. We recognize that nature encompasses humanity and the planet, and that we are neither above nor separate from the rest of nature. We recognize the ancient wisdom that closeness to nature brings closeness among humanity and all living beings; and when we live as if we are separate from nature, we diminish our compassion for ourselves and for others. Therefore, we affirm the necessity of living sustainably as part of nature.