Climate change disproportionately affects women, especially women in the global south, women of color, and women in poor communities. In addition, recent research shows that environmental practices are considered emasculating to men. In this one-day conference, we explored the various ways that gender intersects with the field of religion and ecology.
The third annual Religion and Ecology Summit showcased scholars, practitioners, environmentalists, and religious leaders who addressed the topic of gender at the intersection of religion and ecology. The goal was to provide opportunities for networking, learning, alliance building, and sharing of research.
This year's speakers featured one of the founders of the ecofeminist movement Susan Griffin, Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale's founder Mary Evelyn Tucker, author of Women in the Wilderness and Longing for Darkness China Galland, and Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone woman Corinna Gould who created the Sogorea Te Land Trust. Other speakers included environmental justice leader Carl Anthony, founder of Women's Earth Alliance Melinda Kramer, Dr. Alka Arora, Dr. Sam Mickey, Kia Jones, Dr. Vijaya Nagarajan, Dr. Sarah Robinson-Bertoni, Dr. Beth Rose Manning, and Anuja Mendiratta.
We are grateful for the contributions of the Women's Spirituality, Anthropology and Social Change, Masters of Fine Arts, East-West Psychology, and Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness programs at CIIS for their generous offerings, which made this year's Summit possible.