Special Issue "Indigenous Religions and Globalization’s Effects on the Earth and Ecology"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 February 2019)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Julian Kunnie

Department of Religious Studies & Classics, |University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721-0105, USA
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Religions is concerned especially with the impact of globalization in the early 21st century, especially on the lives, cultures, lands, and sacred places of Indigenous peoples around the world, and the manner that ecological devastation has become normative in the world to the point that the latest indicators in 2018 are that up to 90% of certain species of insects and invertebrates have disappeared permanently, heralding an unprecedented extinction of life. Without insects and with ongoing ecocide, humans have no chance of survival. What do Indigenous religions and cultures have to say about this situation of ecocide and impending human extinction? What are the principles and practices of diverse Indigenous religious traditions that can turn things around or bring the world to its cultural senses? What are ways of preventing the annihilation of Earth’s creatures and life itself? How can globalization, considered a form of modern colonization, be arrested and collapse so that the Earth might breathe well and life may thrive? What are the core practices of globalization that make it so pervasively destructive in the world? These are questions that this issue of Religions seeks answers and thoughtful responses to. We invite papers from scholars and activists who are committed to sharing their wisdom in addressing these very urgent issues of our time.

(1) The scope and focus of this Special Issue is concerned with Indigenous religions and cultures and their relationship to the ecology and broader environment, particularly directed toward addressing the pervasive ecocide and impending extinction of creatures of the ecology: Vertebrates, birds, four-legged animals, and plants and trees.

(2) This Special Issue will be very helpful in elevating the perspectives of Indigenous people in the addressing and redressing of ecological and environmental issues which have reached catastrophic and urgent levels in this phase of the 21st century and require immediate address. Hopefully, other religious traditions will enter into dialogue with Indigenous cultures so that a collective religious, cultural, and social effort can be made to arrest the bleeding of Earth’s creatures with immediate effect.

Prof. Dr. Julian Kunnie
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • ecocide
  • ecological annihilation
  • vertebrate extinction
  • species disappearances
  • Indigenous cultural practices
  • globalization
  • human environmental responsibility
  • Earth-centered economies and technologies
  • future generations
  • preservation and conservation
  • spiritual invigoration
  • honouring Earth and Creation

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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