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Harvard Project on Religion and Ecology

Beginning in 1996 as an initiative of Harvard University's Center for the Study of World Religions, the Harvard Project on Religion and Ecology created a large forum for interreligious dialogue between 10 major world religions regarding the interaction between faith-based groups and the environment. Religions represented included Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Jainism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, and Indigenous traditions; the project aimed to understand the religious implications that each faith group provided in regards to environmental issues. Examples of religion’s diverse role included an interpretation of religious texts to address environmental challenges, or specific projects that religious groups undertake such as river clean-up or reforestation initiatives. In a span of three years, the project hosted a series of conferences with topics such as "Buddhism and Ecology," culminating in 1998 with a news conference that announced the creation of the Forum on Religion and Ecology.

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