Muslim Leaders Issue Declaration on Climate Change

Green Mosque (Photo by Marko available on Flickr)

Next Tuesday, August 18, in Istanbul, Muslim scholars and religious leaders will make a call. They will release an “Islamic Climate Change Declaration” that will explain why climate change is the world’s most pressing challenge, why 1.6 billion Muslims across the globe have a religious duty to take action, and how they can fulfill this duty.

“Islam teaches us: ‘Man is simply a steward holding whatever is on Earth in trust,'” Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje, Uganda’s grand mufti, said in a statement emailed by Climate Action Network. “Therefore man should ensure that we do everything possible to protect for this and future generations in order to leave this world a better place than we found it.”

The declaration will be the culmination of a two-day symposium, organized by Islamic Relief Worldwide, the Islamic Forum for Ecology and Environmental Sciences, and GreenFaith, held in Istanbul on August 17 and 18. The event will build momentum for the UN Paris convention this year in December where global leaders will gather to sign a new agreement aimed to avoid further heating of the earth and prevent global temperatures rising above 2 degrees Celsius danger level.

“In this pivotal year, when the international community will agree on how to bring about sustainable development and tackle climate change, it has been heartening to see growing consensus among faiths that humanity’s development trajectory needs to be fundamentally altered in line with moral and spiritual values,” said Ibrahim Thiaw, UN Environment Program Deputy Executive Director and Assistant-Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Muslims leaders have long emphasized the need for urgent action to reduce energy use and create a sustainable and respectful world free from polluting fossil fuels. In May, the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) launched its “Islam Is Green” climate action campaign in London with huge success. And in mosques around the world, Muslims are reducing energy and conserving water. The hope is that by uniting Muslims through the Declaration, global leaders will listen.

“The Islamic faith community represents a significant section of the global population and certainly, can be influential in the discourse on climate change,” the organizers have hoped.

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** More details of the symposium can be found on the website

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