When it comes to covering climate change and environmental crisis, journalists are missing a major hook: religion, faith and spirituality. Journalists on nearly every beat, along with every government department under the Biden Administration, are realizing that climate change is now too big a story to be siloed under “environment.” But as the conversation shifts, one major realm of human existence sits on the sidelines: how religion and spirituality shape the relationship between humans and their environment.
From environmental justice activism in communities of color to environmental humanities programs at Ivy League institutions, this link is being made, but rarely is this cross-fertilization well represented by media. The Religion & Environment Story Project (RESP) is launching to help journalists find these missing stories and tell them well — by opening applications for a new fellowship and by funding story grants through SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism.
- Amanda Baugh, Author, “God and the Green Divide: Religious Environmentalism in Black and White” and Associate Professor of Religious Studies, California State University, Northridge. LinkedIn.
- Sumanth Prabhaker, Editor, Orion Magazine; Advisory Board Member, Religion & Environment Story Project (RESP). LinkedIn.
- Sigal Samuel, Staff Writer, Vox. @SigalSamuel