Islamic Statements before 2015 Paris Climate Talks
An Islamic Declaration on Climate Change was issued in 2015, in the lead-up to the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris. It can be found on another page on this website:
One key quote from this declaration is:
"We particularly call on the well-off nations and oil-producing states to –
- Lead the way in phasing out their greenhouse gas emissions as early as possible and no later than the middle of the century;
- Provide generous financial and technical support to the less well-off to achieve a phase-out of greenhouse gases as early as possible;
- Recognize the moral obligation to reduce consumption so that the poor may benefit from what is left of the earth’s non-renewable resources;
- Stay within the ‘2 degree’ limit, or, preferably, within the ‘1.5 degree’ limit, bearing in mind that two-thirds of the earth’s proven fossil fuel reserves remain in the ground;
- Re-focus their concerns from unethical profit from the environment, to that of preserving it and elevating the condition of the world’s poor.
- Invest in the creation of a green economy."
An Australian Islamic statement
Published by The Climate Institute in Common Belief, 2006, www.arrcc.org.au/images/stories/webpages/Common_Belief.pdf
The following is an excerpt from the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils:
Many verses of Qur’an prescribe a way of life which expects human beings to conserve and enrich the environment. The environment is God’s creation. The creation of earth and all its natural resources is a sign of His wisdom, mercy and power for the benefit of humans. It is God’s best creation, and serves to develop human awareness and understanding of the creator.
God entrusts humans to enjoy the bounty of nature on the strict condition that they take care of it and preserve it. The colour of Islam is green, signifying the importance of nature.
The conditions Islam imposes on the use of the gift of nature are:
• strict restrictions on the use of life-supporting water
• eating and drinking modestly
• compulsory fasting to teach the followers of Islam to value of food and drink they enjoy
• austerity is all aspects of life, so that wastefulness and extravagance are great sins.
Our economic and social systems are totally at odds with the teachings of Islam. The economy is based on perpetual growth, which means ever-increasing production and consumption of goods and services. The protagonists of the free market system promote growth without considering its impact on nature.