Thursday, October 8, 2015
Islamic Leaders Call for a Phaseout of Fossil Fuels and More Renewables
“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,” Din Syamsuddin, chairman of the Indonesian Council of Ulema, said in a statement e-mailed by the Climate Action Network of non-governmental organizations.
With envoys from some 190 nations preparing to broker a new deal to curb climate change in December at a United Nations conference in Paris, NGOs, scientists and religious groups are stressing the need for actions to arrest the rise in temperatures since industrialization. The Islamic leaders on Tuesday urged a limit for warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) or, “preferably,” 1.5 degrees.
“To chase after unlimited economic growth in a planet that is finite and already overloaded is not viable,” the group said. “Growth must be pursued wisely and in moderation; placing a priority on increasing the resilience of all, and especially the most vulnerable, to the climate-change impacts already under way and expected to continue.”
The statement quoted from the Koran and was addressed to the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims. It echoes a June encyclical released by Pope Francis, spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics, which urged drastic cuts in fossil-fuel emissions to combat the planet’s “spiral of self-destruction.”
The declaration was released at a two-day meeting in Turkey coordinated by three religious-environmental groups: the charities Islamic Relief Worldwide and the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences, and GreenFaith, an interfaith coalition of religious groups working to protect the environment.