I do believe that humans are connected to the earth. Our senses allow us to continually gather information and detect patterns or changes in our environment. They connect us to the earth and allow us to communicate with our surroundings. I do not think that religion is a large factor in connecting humans to the earth. For some, the practices and beliefs of their religion may promote interaction with the natural environment and realization of our connection to it. However, generally speaking, religion is a man made construct created for a purpose ( i.e. explaining the unknown), and ultimately it is the senses that connect humans with the earth.
Despite having (or being capable of having) deep connections with the earth, humans have largely exchanged the natural environment for an artificial, man made environment. By doing so, humans are able to ensure that they live in favorable (if not ideal) environmental conditions and thereby maximize comfort. Unfortunately, it has become very difficult for humans to go without these creature comforts and technologies. We no longer see ourselves as part of nature, but have separated ourselves from it. There are benefits to this, such as reduced risk from predators, pathogens, and other things that increase chances of survival. However, I think it is imperative that humans don’t lose sight of our connection and dependence on our natural environment. I believe this is possible through raising awareness and spreading education. We cannot become so focused with our lives indoors that we completely ignore the world going on outside, because if we do, we will not notice it is gone before it is too late to be brought back.