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Starting Forest Fires Declared a Sin in Indonesia

Hoping to end the annual blazes enveloping Southeast Asia in choking haze, Indonesia’s Islamic Ulema Council (MUI) issued a fatwa against intentionally starting forest fires. The religious edict issued by the MUI declares that it is against Islamic law, or “haram,” for Muslims to burn forests or plantation lands. Issued in mid-September, the six-point fatwa […]

October 3rd

All Morocco’s Mosques Transitioning to Solar Power

With the first phase deadline set for 2019, Morocco has launched an ambitious “Energy Efficiency in Mosques” program aiming to provide solar power for all the mosques in the kingdom. By switching to energy-saving LED lighting, solar water heating, and rooftop solar PV electricity generation, significant savings are anticipated for the Moroccan Ministry of Religious […]

September 14th

Greening the Hajj Pilgrimage to Mecca

The Hajj season of 2016 is underway in Saudi Arabia and the world’s attention is finely tuned to the environmental impacts of four million pilgrims converging on Mecca. The pilgrimage crowd is phenomenal and attempts to “green” the hajj, as we’ll cover in this update, are continuously improving and as innovative as ever. Taking place […]

September 12th

What are the Environmental Costs of Pork?

Producing more than enough poop to fill over 15,000 Olympic-size swimming pools every year, hog facilities and other animal operations in North Carolina are placing an atrocious strain on the environment. A recent report by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the Waterkeeper Alliance (Waterkeepers) outlines the high environmental costs of producing nearly 10 billion […]

July 12th

Malaysian Fatwa Makes Pollution Illegal

The lush 130-million-year-old rainforests, miles of sea-coast, colorful insects, and exotic wildlife make Malaysia one of the richest natural resources in the world. But thick air pollution and dirty waste water are hurting these natural wonders and the people who live there. In response, the Perlis Fatwa Committee in the small Malaysian northeastern state decided that […]

March 2nd

Why Not Eating Meat Should Be an Interfaith Issue

In the United States, eating meat is one of the few issues both Democrats and Republicans can support. While Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) may complain about the rising price of ground beef and Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) may condemn Burger King for moving its headquarters abroad, the mere issue of eating beef is not a political issue. […]

November 12th

What Does Mes Aynak Mean for Afghanistan?

On the surface, Afghanistan is a poor, war-torn country struggling to distance itself from its terrorist camps, extremist groups, and poppy fields. But there’s more to the country than meets the eye. Afghanistan has a rich and diverse history, abundant natural resources, and a strong desire to create a better future. The past, present, and future […]

August 31st