On August 18, 60 Muslim religious scholars and environmental experts from 20 countries including Mufti of Lebanon and Mufti of Uganda, issued an historic Climate Change Declaration in Istanbul (Turkey) urging 1.9 billion Muslims around the world to support Climate Change and called on rich countries and oil-producing states to stop greenhouse gas emission as soon as possible but not later than 2050. In addition to Muslim scholars, Rabbi Yonatan Neril (Jerusalem) and Pandit Madhava Trumella (UK) also attended the two-day conference.
The declaration was blessed by Cardinal Peter Turkson, environmental adviser to Pope Francis in the Vatican, and UNFCCC executive secretary Christiana Figueres.
The US Department of Energy in its Report 2014, listed China, United States, Russia, India, Japan, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, South Korea and Islamic Republic as world’s top ten Carbon emission (polluting) nations in that order.
I’m no expert on this subject, but I think the western-sponsored Industrial Revolution, Consumerism and Wars to exploit the so-called ‘Third World’ natural resources, are the fundamental cause of our major environmental problems.
I think, Indian writer, author and human rights activist, Arundhati Roy also meant the same when she said in February 18, 2013: “If there is any hope for the world at all, it doesn’t live in climate-change conference rooms or cities with tall buildings. It lives low down on the ground, with its arms around the people who go to battle every day to protect their forests, their mountains and their rivers because they know the forests, the mountains and the rivers protect them.”
Lately, the climate-change discussion has turned into anti-Israel, anti-Jewish name-calling. For example, the other day, Canadian-born Jewish author and climate-change activist, Naomi Klein called Israel-First prime minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, a villain because like Canadian government of Stephen Harper, another Israel stooge, he is bent on destroying the planet.
American ‘self-hating’ Jewish author, Naomi Wolf, said in June 2015: “I have had the incredible privilege of travelling and meeting with activists, labour unions, and politicians who are focusing on climate-change. I want to tell you that that the coalition of groups we’re witnessing being assembled here in Canada, is unique: organizations representing the most marginalized people in Toronto; First Nations who are our water and carbon keepers; environmentalists waging inspiring divestment campaigns; and the trade union movement, including country’s largest private sector union representing workers at the heart of the fossil fuel economy. We understand that we have key differences, but we also understand that what unite us is greater.”