Christian Aid welcomes Muslim declaration on climate change

By agency reporter
August 18, 2015

Christian Aid has welcomed the Islamic Climate Change Declaration launched today (18 August) at the world’s first international Islamic climate symposium held in Istanbul, Turkey.

The strongly worded declaration, signed by representatives from a spectrum of the Islamic world, is intended as the basis of action on climate change from madrassas and mosques to Islamic businesses around the globe.

Ahead of December’s United Nations climate summit in Paris and the adoption of the new Sustainable Development Goals in September, Christian Aid said it was crucial to see world faiths leading the call for the transition to a low carbon world.

Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid’s Senior Climate Change Advisor, said: “Coming on the heels of the Pope’s encyclical it is great to see Christians and Muslims uniting to tackle a common enemy.”

He added that both faiths have a tradition of caring for people in poverty and “climate change will affect people of all faiths and the world’s poor in particular”.

“Unlike politicians on short-term electoral cycles or businesses looking at the next quarterly statement, faith leaders have a generational perspective handed down to them over centuries,” said Adow. “It is this prophetic, long-term vision that will be needed to tackle a problem as far reaching as climate change.”

Christian Aid compared the symposium with the Pope’s encyclical on climate change and the recent Lambeth Declaration signed by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Adow added, "We hope it will spur Muslim leaders to play an even bigger role in taking effective climate action, particularly in the Muslim-majority nations.”

* Christian Aid http://www.christianaid.org.uk/index.aspx

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