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Ecotheology: environmental ethical view in water spring protection

Ali Maksum1,*, Abdul Rachman Sopyan2, Agus Indiyanto3, Esa Nur Wahyuni4

1Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Brawijaya University, Malang 65145, Indonesia
2Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Brawijaya University, Malang 65145, Indonesia
3Anthropology Department, Gadjah Mada University, Yogjakarta 55281, Indonesia
4Faculty of Tarbiya and Teacher Training, UIN Maulana Malik Ibrahim, Malang 65149, Indonesia
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ABSTRACT: Ecotheology involves the fundamental awareness of local communities and their social solidarity to protect the sustainability of nature. Therefore, it is critical to address problems in nature caused by increasing tourism industry development. This article discusses social movements sparked by religious and critical awareness of the development issue in conservation zones. We conducted a qualitative participatory interview with 9 key actors in Batu, Indonesia, using an ecotheological approach. Group discussions were held with the participants during demonstrations, festivals, and cultural rituals. This research found that individuals who rely for their daily needs only on water springs have significant connections to ecological and spiritual values, and they resist with their cultural capital when the government’s actions threaten the sustainability of the springs. Environmental ethics as a theological belief has shaped the community’s traditions and cultural traits. Thus, the current study serves as the basis for policymakers in planning development, prioritizing a cultural approach, and considering the possibility of environmental degradation.

KEY WORDS: Social movement · Ecological ethics · Social resistance · Developmentalism

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Cite this article as: Maksum A, Sopyan AR, Indiyanto A, Wahyuni EN (2023) Ecotheology: environmental ethical view in water spring protection. Ethics Sci Environ Polit 23:23-33.

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