Young Muslims and Christians unite in climate change activism

By staff writers
9 Nov 2009

British Muslims and Christians aged 18-25 are uniting to urge the UK government to press for significant progress in tackling climate change at the international summit taking place in Copenhagen next month.

Speaking “as young people of the Christian and Islamic faiths”, they have called upon “those negotiating on our behalf in Copenhagen to acknowledge our voice and to attend to the critical matters of man-made climate change with urgency and vigour”.

The call comes in a statement by the Christian-Muslim Youth Forum on Climate Change, an initiative launched at Lambeth Palace last month, in association with the Christian-Muslim Forum, a national interfaith project.

The launch of the statement follows growing support amongst faith groups for radical responses to climate change. It is also likely to be seen as a demonstration of the increasing tendency for interfaith activism.

The Christian-Muslim Youth Forum on Climate Change is encouraging all British Christians and Muslims aged 18-25 to add their signatures to the statement.

Declaring that “our faith obligates us to care for the earth and to attend to those who are in need”, the statement's signatories insist that they are willing to play their part in mitigating climate change but that this requires action at the level of national and international policy.

They call for “a refocus toward greener technology and innovation through more investment as well as responsiveness to the effects of the total production process” before offering specific policy suggestions in the areas of economics and technology transfer.

They insist that “failure to act adequately will impinge on future generations and account for millions of lives worldwide”.

In an email to supporters today (9 November), the Forum urged them to take the statement to their church, mosque or community group, or to organise an Advent or Eid event themed around the environment.

They have also launched discussion forums on their website to allow young Christians and Muslims to debate the environment, particular policy issues and the relationship between their views, their activism and their faith.

British Christians and Muslims aged 18-25 can sign the statement at http://www.cmyf.org/.

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