See the world in green and blue

Shaw, Sylvie (2008). See the world in green and blue. In: 3rd Annual Alternative expresssion of the numinous conference. Alternative expresssion of the numinous conference, Forgan Smith Building, University of Queensland, (47-47). 15 - 17 August, 2008.

Author Shaw, Sylvie
Title of paper See the world in green and blue
Conference name Alternative expresssion of the numinous conference
Conference location Forgan Smith Building, University of Queensland
Conference dates 15 - 17 August, 2008
Convener Helen Farley
Proceedings title 3rd Annual Alternative expresssion of the numinous conference
Place of Publication Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Publisher The University of Queensland
Publication Year 2008
Sub-type Fully published paper
Start page 47
End page 47
Total pages 1
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The passionate song by U2, Beautiful Day, stresses the relationship between peace, ecology and religion: ' See the world in green and blue/ See China right in front of you/ See the canyons broken by cloud/ See the tuna fleets clearing the sea out/ See the Bedouin fires at night/ See the oil fields at first light/ See the bird with a leaf in her mouth/ After the flood all the colors came out.' Here, in Bono's lyrics, beauty meets concern and care for global devastation. In a plea for action, they call for social and environmental justice. Inspired by U2's moving words, this paper explores the relationship between spirituality , beauty and green and blue environmental care. Using a whirlpool of lived 'oceanic' experience and creative conservation, it outlines a range of spiritual and religious responses to the calamity facing the planet, from ritual performance to environmental activism, from nature restoration to restoration of the spirit, from mainline religions' policy platforms to guerilla tree planting - explicitly from beauty to duty. Embedded in local ecologies and spirit of place, the paper journeys through a prism of lived religious expression in search of dimensions that make up an 'eco-religious' or 'eco-ethical identity'. Along the way it meets a luminescence radiant in campaigns to protect endangered species, dark green forests and the deep blue sea.
Subjects 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies
2203 Philosophy
2204 Religion and Religious Studies
Keyword U2 - Bono - lyrics
Peace
Ecology
Religion
Social justice
Environmental activism
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code

 
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