Like secular humanism, environmentalism is more than just an ideology, it is a religion. In all societies people exhibit, to greater and lesser extents, a deep inner need for religion. But in many cases, these people do not find God or any of the other widely worshipped deities appealing. Consequently, they must turn elsewhere to fill the void created by their need for religion. Secular humanists turn to man. For them, man is god. But man-as-god poses a real quandary for secular humanists who are also environmentalists because for environmentalists man is the enemy. Consequently, environmentalists have turned to the environment as their deity of choice.
Writing in the The New Atlantic: A Journal of Technology & Society, Joel Garreau said this about environmentalism as a religion: “For some individuals and societies, the role of religion seems increasingly to be filled by environmentalism. It has become ‘the religion of choice for urban atheists,’ according to Michael Crichton, the late science fiction writer (and climate change skeptic). In a widely quoted speech, Crichton outlined the ways that environmentalism ‘remaps’ Judeo-Christian beliefs: ‘There’s an initial Eden, a paradise, a state of grace and unity with nature, there’s a fall from grace into a state of pollution as a result of eating from the tree of knowledge, and as a result of our actions there is a judgment day coming for us all. We are all energy sinners, doomed to die, unless we seek salvation, which is now called sustainability. Sustainability is salvation in the church of the environment.”
Just as sacrifice is the centerpiece of the Christian religion, it is also the centerpiece of the religion of environmentalism. According to Melchiorre, “It should not surprise us that environmentalists demand sacrifices, for any religion demands sacrifices…In its purest form, it (environmentalism) is Earth worship; its reverence is directed at something decidedly non-human. However, the beliefs and tenets of the faith concern humans and their role in natural history. Inevitably, in the modern world, this role is an antagonistic one for the environmentalists. Humans are the problem, and the solution will demand some bane to human beings. It is this simple fact that has led Peter Moore, the co-founder of Greenpeace and a man who has become disaffected with the environmental zealots, to call environmentalists ‘anti-human.’”
All religions have a bible or something that serves the purpose of a bible. Christians have the Holy Bible, Muslims have the Koran, and secular humanists have the Humanist Manifesto. For environmentalists, the bible is nothing more than a loose collection of misleading studies based more on politics than science. Solid scientific studies that refute or even fail to support their presuppositions are either belittled or simply ignored by environmentalists. In order to be canonized, scientific studies must comport with leftwing environmentalist orthodoxy. As a result, their bible is shrinking as more and more studies refute the baseless claims of environmentalists.
Of course, with the re-election of Barack Obama environmentalists were practically gleeful. They now have four more years to promulgate needless and burdensome regulations that will drive businesses out of business and make life more difficult for human beings. In the church of environmentalism, government regulations represent doctrine and promulgating regulations is part of the liturgy. On the day Obama was re-elected there were more than 1,000 new regulations awaiting approval and implementation by the elders of the church of environmentalists: the EPA. Christians concern themselves with the end times. If environmentalists have their way, the end times for humans will come sooner rather than later as they are sacrificed on the altar of environmentalism.