Wednesday November 25, 2015

Campaign for Climate Justice

The Islamic Climate Change Declaration Toolkit will equip individuals and groups with ideas on how to use the Declaration to mobilise for change. It will provide a platform for them to deliver climate justice in their local communities, helping them to live up to Allah’s responsibility bestowed upon humankind as: “stewards placed on this earth”.

The toolkit includes a number of actions that can be carried out in support of the Islamic Climate Change Declaration.

By supporting and sharing the Declaration, Muslims can add their voice to the growing call – a call for a world free from the ravages of climate change, polluting fossil fuels, reliance on foreign energy markets, and a call for a world with universal energy access built on a foundation of 100 per cent clean, safe renewable energy.

The action is designed to generate more support for climate justice ahead of COP21, the UN Climate Change Conference, being held in Paris from November 30 to December 11. During this meeting, government leaders will have a chance to deliver a strong global climate deal in support of a greener world.

Urgent climate action is vital for many countries and communities around the world, many of whom are extremely vulnerable to climate change impacts like drought, heat waves, rising sea levels and more extreme weather.

By shifting away from fossil fuels to renewable energy, these same countries and communities can harness massive benefits, including more energy access, less poverty, and better energy security. This toolkit is important for Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

The Declaration is already supported by hundreds around the world, from high level clerics and representatives of the leading Islamic institutions in many countries, to government representatives and leading civil society groups, and by many more.

Islamic Relief works around the world to alleviate suffering related to climate change and disasters. It works closely with communities through climate adaptation livelihoods projects and on training the most vulnerable households on disaster risk reduction and resilience building in countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Kenya. It has helped build support for further campaigns and events amongst groups that have signed on.

The call for the just transition to a world powered by 100 per cent renewable energy, where those vulnerable to climate impacts are adequately supported, will increasingly be heard in mosques and Muslim communities, as well as institutions the world over.

In fact, many Muslims will be taking to the streets together with people from other faiths and backgrounds, as part of the Global Climate March on the 29 November, to ensure that government leaders hear their call ahead of the UN climate negotiations.

If you have any further questions about the toolkit please contact us. We are encouraging all those who use the Islamic Climate Change Declaration Toolkit to share with us details and photos of activities in their local communities.

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