Environmentalism: The Liberal’s Religion of Choice

“This readiness to assume the guilt for the threats to our environment is deceptively reassuring: We like to be guilty since, if we are guilty, it all depends on us. We pull the strings of the catastrophe, so we can also save ourselves simply by changing our lives…We recycle old paper, we buy organic food, we install long-lasting light bulbs—whatever—just so we can be sure that we are doing something. We make our individual contribution like the soccer fan who supports his team in front of a TV screen at home, shouting and jumping from his seat, in the belief that this will somehow influence the game’s outcome.” – Slavoj Žižek

The loss of faith in God, prompted by advances in science, and a surge in moral relativism—made popular by Hollywood—has left humanity empty. We have been spiritually carved out. While armchair philosophers like to entertain the idea that belief in God can simply be removed like a faulty organ, common sense tells us otherwise. A vacuum is very seldom left unfilled.

Humans, being the selfish creatures we are, have filled the void left by religion with a different kind of faith, a self-serving faith. Environmentalism has become the religion of choice for many people, specifically people of the liberal persuasion. This is the case because much of the liberal philosophy is based in moral relativism, which has no place in standard religions. Environmentalism, in its extreme form, has the same basic characteristics of a religion. It has a god, a devil, protectors, and worshipers. The difference between extreme environmentalism and any other religion is that its god figure is actually man; it is human. There are those who would argue that the earth is the god of the environmentalists, but that is a false understanding of the earth worshipers.

Those who have given up their faith in God often seek to fill the void inside them, but with a twist. Rather than serve a god, they desire a faith in which they protect their god, thus making them the true god. The environment which they worship is something which they also must protect. They hold power over their god. Extreme environmentalists have created a religion that gives them the best of both worlds: they get to pay respect to something, while also retaining their free agency to do whatever they want.

This need to fill the void of godlessness has created a fervent and sometimes violent culture of environmentalists. They have a strong hand in the government, and with global warming/climate change/climate disruption being touted as an apocalyptic event, their grip continues to get tighter. Despite the boatloads of evidence suggesting that climate change is entirely dictated by the natural cycles of the planet, and the sun, rather than by man, the environmentalists refuse to let go of their pet theory.

I believe the devotion to global climate change disruption is partly due to the money involved. The Democrats make a lot of money off of scaring people. I also believe that by perpetuating the theory of man-made global warming, the Democrats are getting votes. Create a false problem, then tell people that you’ll protect them from that problem, then tell them that the Republicans don’t care about the problem. It’s a near-perfect plan. However, outside of all that, outside of the greed, and the vote boosting, I think the underlying reason behind the refusal to let go of a theory which is quickly becoming laughable boils down to faith. Liberals need something to believe in, and since they refuse to believe in God, they need environmentalism.

Environmentalism makes liberals feel needed, it makes them feel powerful. By promoting a litany of green projects, and regulations, they feel like they have a hand in saving the world. If global whatever is, in fact, not caused by man, they have noting left to give them purpose. Everything else—the greed for money, and the greed for votes—stems from a base need to fill the void created by their abandonment of faith in God.