World Religions, Ethics, and the Earth Charter for a Sustainable Future

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    The environmental challenges we are facing require more than science, policy, economics, and law. There is a need for broader ethical responses. The search for a sustainable future requires an integration of the Earth Charter and the world religions. This integration of the principles of the Earth Charter with the virtues for human-Earth flourishing of the world's religions provides a unique synergy for rethinking a sustainable future. Such a synergy can contribute to the broadened understanding of sustainability as including economic, ecological, social, and spiritual well-being. This broadened understanding may be a basis for long-term policies, programs, and practices for a planetary future that is not only ethically sustainable, but also sustaining for human energies.