Is being green a new religion?

Posted on November 9, 2009


There are the obvious stereotypical parallels: a penchant for sandals, a preponderance of beards and a professed love philosophical-gnuof world peace, but recent events at an employment tribunal go some way to suggesting a green lifestyle might more properly be thought of as tantamount to religious, or certainly, philosophical in their nature.

In the case in question, a former head of Sustainability is claiming unfair dismissal on the grounds that senior managers disagreed with his strongly held beliefs in climate change.  A preliminary hearing has upheld the view that his beliefs are within the guidelines laid down in the 2003 Employment Equality Regulations, which govern what can count as a belief.

The case now returns to the original tribunal as a full hearing but has serious implications for all employers who currently pay but lip service to sustainability and environmental concerns.