23rd August 2015
Islamic leaders have called on the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims to play an active role in combating climate change and have urged governments to conclude an effective universal climate change agreement in Paris at the end of the year.
Faith leaders, senior international development policy makers, academics and other experts made the call in an Islamic Declaration on Climate adopted at an International Islamic Climate Change Symposium in Istanbul in Tuesday.
The leaders called on governments meeting in Paris to “bring their discussions to an equitable and binding conclusion” bearing in mind:
- The scientific consensus on climate change, which is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate systems;
- The need to set clear targets and monitoring systems;
- The dire consequences to planet earth if we do not do so;
- The enormous responsibility the COP shoulders on behalf of the rest of humanity, including leading the rest of us to a new way of relating to God’s Earth.
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