Islamic Declaration Blasts Short-Sighted Capitalism, Demands Action on Climate

Common Dreams, August 18, 2015, By Jon Queally

"Just as scientists announced July was the hottest month in recorded history, and ahead of a major climate summit in Paris later this year, an international group of Islamic leaders on Tuesday released a public declaration calling on the religion's 1.6 billion followers to engage on the issue of global warming and take bold action to stem its worst impacts.

Released during an international symposium taking place in Istanbul, the Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change is signed by 60 Muslim scholars and leaders of the faith who acknowledge that—despite the short-term economic benefits of oil, coal, and gas—humanity's use of fossil fuels is the main cause of global warming which increasingly threatens 'a functioning climate, healthy air to breathe, regular seasons, and living oceans.'

The declaration states there is deep irony that humanity's 'unwise and short-sighted use of these resources is now resulting in the destruction of the very conditions that have made our life on earth possible.'

'Our attitude to these gifts has been short-sighted, and we have abused them,' it continues. 'What will future generations say of us, who leave them a degraded planet as our legacy? How will we face our Lord and Creator?'

The declaration by the Muslim leaders follows the widely lauded encyclical released by Pope Francis, leader of the Roman Catholic Church, earlier this summer in which he called for a drastic transformation of the world's economies and energy systems in order to stave off the worst impacts of an increasingly hotter planet. Additionally, hundreds of Jewish Rabbis also released a Rabbinic Letter on the Climate Crisis and dozens of other denominations and churches have joined the global movement to divest their financial holdings from the fossil fuel industry. ..."

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