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A leap of Green faith: the religious discourse of Socio-Ecological Care as an Earth system governmentality

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Boettcher,  Miranda
IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies Potsdam;

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Boettcher, M. (2021 online): A leap of Green faith: the religious discourse of Socio-Ecological Care as an Earth system governmentality. - Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning.
https://doi.org/10.1080/1523908X.2021.1956310


Cite as: https://publications.iass-potsdam.de/pubman/item/item_6001092
Abstract
The Anthropocene is fundamentally altering concepts of human agency and responsibility in the governance of the Earth system. These concepts are paramount in discussions about governing deliberate interventions into the global climate – often referred to as ‘climate engineering’. Reflections on what it might mean for humanity to ‘play God’ by controlling the climate have brought religious knowledge to bear in these discussions. Using climate engineering as a paradigmatic example of human interventions which may come to define the Anthropocene, this paper presents a sociology-of-knowledge discourse analysis of interviews with environmentally active multi-faith leaders and scholars. Showing how green religious discourse provides a blueprint for a governmentality of Socio-Ecological Care (SEC), the paper argues that religious knowledge has a role to play alongside other global systems of knowledge in reconceptualising the who, what, why and how of responsible and sustainable Earth system governance in the Anthropocene.