Helen Grady, Analysis, BBC Radio 4
If the case for tackling climate change is backed by science, why do so many green campaigners rely on the language of religion?
I am looking at a clock that is counting down the months, days, hours and minutes until planet Earth reaches “the point of no return”.
As I type, we have 83 months to go. The end of the world, if not exactly nigh, certainly seems to be on its way.
But this doomsday countdown has not been devised by a religious cult or millenarian seer. It is on the website of the New Economics Foundation (Nef), designed to raise awareness about climate change.
See also: “Eco-spirituality: Perhaps the Vatican should be worried about nature worship“; and “Losing Old Gods, Finding Nature,” an interview with the author of Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future.