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Jewish Connections and Reflection on Environment: “

Jewish Connections and Reflection on Environment: “And God said: ‘Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed–to you it shall be for food.” (Gen 1:29)

“The Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof”(Psalm 24)

“[…] the Earth is Mine, you are My tenants”(Leviticus 25:23)

Shinto: Shinto is a religion based on Kamis, spirits corresponding to natural entities: wind, rocks, water, etc. It makes the faithful very close to nature to preserve the relation of each person with the spirits. These relations encourage preservation of the environment (Japan Experience, 2017). Related to the kami, it is expected that Shinto followers are in harmonic existence and in peaceful coexistence with both nature and other human beings (PATHEOS, n.d. [a]). In tradition, Shinto is already deeply committed with environment because forests are sacred.

Shinto Connections and Reflection on Environment: “I will give over to my child the rice-ears of the sacred garden, of which I partake in the Plain of High Heaven.” (Nihongi II.23)

“The plan is for Religious Forests to be managed in ways which are religiously compatible, environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable.” (Jinja Honcho, 2009)

Sikhism: Sikhism is a native Indian religion appeared in the late 15th century founded by the first guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The sacred text is written by the foundational scripture Guru Granth Sahib where there are several teachings on environment. The Sikh holy site is managed by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (S.G.P.C.), and this organization makes decisions for the global Sikh community, especially on environment.