Muslim Leaders Make a Moral Plea for Global Climate Action
Yesterday, Islamic leaders from 20 nations issued a formal declaration acknowledging that climate change is human-caused and insisting on global action. Pointing to the responsibility of mankind to care for the earth and one another, they demanded that wealthy nations switch to renewable energy and lend aid to developing nations that are suffering climate impacts.
The declaration echoes Pope Francis’ call for climate action, and its effects could be just as far reaching, if not more so. Along with insisting that world leaders take meaningful action at the Paris summit, the statement asked the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims to make fighting climate change part of their daily lives.
When it comes to social issues, people of faith tend to trust their leaders. By showing how caring for creation relates to their Islamic faith, these prominent Muslim leaders can help inspire their followers to raise their voices in support of solutions.
By Jack Jenkins, Senior Religion Reporter for ThinkProgress
Islamic leaders from 20 countries have unveiled a sweeping new declaration on climate change, calling on their fellow Muslims to care for the planet and asking world leaders to phase out their use of fossil fuels.
On Tuesday, attendees at International Islamic Climate Change Symposium concluded their two-day summit in Istanbul, Turkey by issuing a formal declaration on global environmental issues. The declaration — which was clear to stipulate that climate change is both real and “human induced” — was equal parts theological and scientific, using an Islamic moral lens to insist that world leaders take immediate action to assist our warming planet.
“Our species, though selected to be a caretaker or steward (khalifah) on the earth, has been the cause of such corruption and devastation on it that we are in danger ending life as we know it on our planet,” the statement read. “Excessive pollution from fossil fuels threatens to destroy the gifts bestowed on us by God, whom we know as Allah – gifts such as a functioning climate, healthy air to breathe, regular seasons, and living oceans.”
“What will future generations say of us, who leave them a degraded planet as our legacy? How will we face our Lord and Creator?” the authors added.
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