The last post I wrote, about art and how it can be used as a vehicle to communicate a message and create a cultural dialogue, has set the tone for the next few posts. I will be studying various forms of contemporary art, including The New Yorker's daily cartoons, and exploring the resonating messaging. To begin this series I have a cartoon from Wednesday, June 17th by Christopher Weyant.
The conversation of conservation is not often juxtaposed with religion, however the manner in which Weyant brings these subject matters together illustrates the ability of religion to have a positive influence on environmental issues. A few months after this cartoon was published, Pope Marco visited America and encouraged politicians and the public alike to curb carbon emissions. It is not just Christianity preaching this mantra, though; most of the world's spiritual leaders are on the same page regarding this critical issue.
This piece of art encourages religious leaders, whom have the ability to influence their congregation, to spread a message about environmental awareness. A message that goes hand in hand with moral beliefs that encourage, "do unto others [future generations] as you would have them do unto you."
How do your spiritual beliefs impact your views of environmental conservation?