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Confucianism influenced culture, society, economy and politics of China

We must treat nature with the same awe and wonder that we reserve for human beings. And we do not need this insight in order to believe in God or to prove his existence. We need it to breathe; we need it for us simply to be.” (Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, 2010)

“The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change. The Creator does not abandon us; he never forsakes his loving plan or repents of having created us. Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home.”(Pope Francis, 2015)

Confucianism: For more than 2500 years, Confucianism influenced culture, society, economy and politics of China mainly, but also Japan, Korea and Vietnam. Some sociologists called Confucianism as a civil religion or diffused religion (Center for Global Education, 2018). Also, Confucianism was part of the Chinese social fabric and way of life. To Confucians, everyday life was the arena of religion. In the Analects of Confucius there is a very little about relation of and nature, but some principles followed in Confucianism humanism are related in nature protection and ecology.

Confucian Connections and Reflection on Environment:  “… sustainable harmonious relationship between the human species and nature is not merely an abstract ideal, but a concrete guide for practical living.” (International Confucian Ecological Alliance, 2015)