Conform! Conform! Conform!
It will take the kind of conformism and sense of moral obligation offered by religious thought and ritual if we are to save the planet
.... members of the lay public who are most science literate, and the most proficient at technical reasoning, are also the most divided on climate change – in other words, the deniers of climate change are among the most scientifically literate members of the general population....
"Positions on climate change have come to signify the kind of person one is. People whose beliefs are at odds with those of the people with whom they share their basic cultural commitments risk being labelled as weird and obnoxious in the eyes of those on whom they depend for social and financial support."
There may be ways of fixing that and averting catastrophic global warming that don't make use of religious resources, but I can't think of any.
It's important to this argument to understand that religious resources need not be theistic. All they need do is make manifest a higher rationality than self-interest. ...
What religious thought – and ritual – can supply is the two things absent from normative consumer liberalism. The first is a belief that the choice between ends is not arbitrary or wholly personal: that there are moral facts of the matter; that saving as much of humanity as possible is an obligation on all of us, and that this is actually true, and not just a matter of preference.
The second is the kind of conformism, reinforced by all kinds of social ritual, large and small, which will enforce the social discipline needed to carry societies through some pretty ghastly changes. Let's face it, any adjustment to an ecologically sustainable standard of living is going to be a lot nastier than anything Greece is going through now. It will need considerable determination and solidarity.
And there you have it. Bring back the Inquisition and witch trials to ensure the social conformity needed to bomb ourselves back to the stone age.