Monday 17 August 2015 at 16:01#Muslims4Climate: A Climate Declaration
Influential leaders from 20 countries across the Muslim world are together in Istanbul right now, ahead of the UN Climate Change conference this December in Paris, to officially launch the Islamic Declaration on Climate Change. The Symposium is a global platform for Muslim leaders and activists to contribute to the negotiation process and mobilise the global faith community, with the aim to raise awareness within the Muslim world on the dire impact of climate change.
It is a call to the 1.6 billion Muslims around the world to realise the moral imperative of addressing climate change as part of their religious duty.
This is the first time a global gathering of a broad variety of stakeholders of cross-faith—NGOs, activists, scholars and inter-governmental organisations—are coming together. It is hoped the Declaration will result in strong commitment from all the participants in order for there to be a strong outcome in Paris. Faith leaders from other faith traditions will be joining the Symposium as a sign of solidarity and to welcome the declaration following the Pope’s Encyclical released in June.
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Check out some of Day 1's highlights from Twitter. Be sure to follow @ourvoices2015 for the official declaration launch Tuesday at 9am Istanbul time (2am New York, 7am London, 2pm Hong Kong).
— Islamic Relief - IRW (@IRWorldwide) August 17, 2015
We are not the first faith group, Buddhists & Catholics declared their climate action, & Muslims now #Muslim4Cllimate pic.twitter.com/ma91gVHWGp — Safa' Al Jayoussi (@Safaaljayoussi) August 17, 2015
It's great to see this excellent #gender balanced panel in the Islamic #climate change conference #Muslims4Climatepic.twitter.com/0DVYIWXdo3 — Mohamed Adow (@mohadow) August 17, 2015
The International Islamic Climate Change Symposium is co-hosted by Islamic Relief Worldwide, GreenFaith, the Islamic Forum for Ecology & Environmental Sciences (IFEES), and Climate Action Network international.