Several equate environmentalism to religious belief. For example, Doug Bandow, Senior Policy Analyst with the Cato Institute talks about the rise of environmental Neo-Paganism.
Similarly John Hyde, executive Director of the IPA claims “Nature worship is not new, and environmentalism is a religion that may currently have a greater following than any church.” In 1991 Ron Brunton, Director of the Institute’s Environmental Unit in Canberra, gave a paper entitled, Environmentalism and Sorcery:
Sorcery beliefs involve the attribution of misfortune to the evil machinations of other humans. These beliefs invariably worsen the problems they are meant to be addressing. They drive people to an obsessive search for scapegoats, to a focus on the wrong causes and the wrong solutions. They create and perpetuate distrust, and so corrode the basis for social co-operation.
Brunton suggests ‘greens’ are ambivalent about environmental improvements: “How else can we explain what has happened to John Todd, the director of Ocean Arks International, who developed a process for transforming toxic sludge into drinkable water? Greens are furious with him, and some of his old friends no longer speak to him.” This would indeed be an extraordinary process if Brunton’s claims for it were true, and many waste experts would be astonished to find that such a solution exists!