2008 Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability
Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University
Mary Evelyn Tucker is one of the world’s most articulate and passionate scholars focused on the role of religion and religious movements in confronting the growing environmental crisis. Together with religious scholars and leaders around the world, she has catalyzed a profound dialogue about the moral, ethical, and spiritual values that are needed to guide society towards more effective environmental stewardship.
Tucker is a Senior Lecturer in Religion and the Environment at Yale University. She is a co-founder and co-director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology, the largest international multi-religious project of its kind. The Forum is engaged in exploring religious worldviews, texts, and ethics in order to broaden understanding of the complex nature of current environmental concerns.
Tucker is currently a Research Associate at the Harvard-Yenching Institute and the Reischauer Institue at Harvard. She is a member of the Interfaith Partnership for the Environment at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and served as a member of the International Earth Charter Drafting Committee from 1997-2000.
Author of many books on religion and ecology, she recently published Worldly Wonder: Religions Enter Their Ecological Phase. She is the co-editor of books on ecological views of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Hinduism.