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Has Pagan Environmentalism Failed? Responses to Climate Change

What does it mean to be Pagan or practice a nature religion in the midst of climate change? Responses by Steven Posch, Diana Paxson, Emma Restall Orr, Vivianne Crowley, Rhyd Wildermuth, Chandra Alexandre, Alison Leigh Lilly, Daniel Foor, more.

Star and Snake

Magicians and climate change

When I first woke up to how desperate our situation has become I became suicidal. It was the one-two-three punch of climate change plus exhaustion of oil plus big corporations controlling the world.

Raise the Horns

Maybe Wicca is Not a Nature Religion?

For many people Wicca is a harmonious walk with Mother Earth and the Horned God, but for some Wicca remains a far more occult-type path. As a Pagan I'm a tree-hugging dirt worshipper and feel very connected to the Earth, as a Witch I'm often far more in tune with ritual, ceremony, and communing with specific gods. The things I do as a Witch might certainly be connected to "nature religion" but I think many of them come from very different origin points.

Under the Ancient Oaks

Portrait of Danu

When an artist offers her devotion to a Mother Goddess, beautiful things can be created.

The Allergic Pagan

How the world’s largest living thing made proto-Pagans out of my Mormon family

We need to invite people to participate in simple rituals that will help them form a living bond with the earth. We Pagans can help people feel that. But first we have to let go of this idea that people will magically find their way to Paganism if it's right for them. We need to get over our timidness and our excuses. We need to let go of the idea that sharing our faith is the same thing as pushing it on people. We have something the world desperately needs and, if there is such a thing as sin, then it is a sin for us to hide our faith in the closet.

Greening the Spirit

Searing Sun, the Hurricane’s Howl: What Can We Do About Climate Change?

As a child I always loved storms. This winter, as wind tore out the roots of the trees on our land and sent them crashing down towards our neighbor’s house, for the first time I was afraid of the element of air. But fear can be good if it makes us realize that something is happening. Fear may help us motivate ourselves and our communities to focus on big sources of emissions toward the goal of stabilizing global temperatures.

A Sense of Place

A Call to War

Capitalism destroys ancestral and pagan religions while also poisoning the water and air. If we're going to be Environmentalists, we need to attack the very thing that is destroying the environment. And if we're going to be Pagans, we ought to be attacking the thing that walls the gods and spirits from the world.

A Word to the Witch

Failure is not an option

We are already much further over the edge than anyone seems to realize, partially because the petroleum industry has very deep pockets, a PR budget, and a vested interest in keeping everyone confused. Our best hope, if hope there be, lies outside the comfortable light of human civilization's campfire. And yet, and yet...the other side of a traditional witch or shaman's dual allegiance is her human community. That duality has never been, will never be easy.

Pointedly Pagan

Environmentalism and Pagan religion

In the name of a more humane future, Pagans must do all we can to restrict the power and extent of joint stock corporations. Economic decisions must be made by human beings who will not be penalized if they do not put money profit first. This means removing joint stock corporations from sectors of the economy closely interacting with the natural environment.

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