From an article by Megan Darby on RTCC news:

Islamic declaration on climate change says rich and oil producing states must lead according to religious principles

Islamic leaders from 20 countries issued a declaration on climate change at a summit in Istanbul on Tuesday.

They called on the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims to protect the world’s equilibrium in line with religious teaching. That meant phasing out greenhouse gas emissions “as soon as possible”, they said, shifting away from fossil fuels to clean sources of energy.

In a pointed message to the Islamic petropowers of the Middle East, they added well-off and oil producing nations should lead the way. Drawing on Islamic texts, the declaration highlights the duty of Muslims to act as stewards of Allah’s creation. It ends with a quote from the Qur’an (17:37):

“Do not strut arrogantly on the earth
“You will never split the earth apart
“Nor will you ever rival the mountains’ stature”

Din Syamsuddin, chairman of the Indonesian Council of Ulema, summed up the message: “The climate crisis needs to be tackled through collaborative efforts, so let’s work together for a better world for our children, and our children’s children.”

Interspersed with quotes from the Qur’an, the document sets out demands on political and business leaders, as well as ordinary Muslims. Rich and oil states should phase out their emissions “no later than the middle of the century” and provide “generous” support to help the poor go green, it says. The remarks throw down a challenge to Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia, which in protecting its oil interests is often seen as obstructive to the climate agenda.

Framing the climate challenge through an Islamic lense is important for action on the ground, according to Nana Firman, environmental campaigner and Greenfaith fellow.

Working for WWF in Indonesia to help rebuild communities after the 2004 tsunami, Firman found top-down strategies failed because they did not fit with the Islamic traditions of the Aceh people. She advocated for a more tailored approach.

“We need to put the narrative in the common language of the people,” she told RTCC.

Talking about sustainability or carbon emissions, “people could care less,” she said. “But when we put it in a narrative based on religious teaching, they realise there is a direct connection to them.”

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