Church leaders praise Muslim climate move

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Islamic environmental and religious leaders by asking politicians to agree on renewable energy have joined the Pope in the battle against climate change, reports the BBC.

In the wake of Pope Francis's encyclical on the environment and climate change, Catholic leaders have praised the Islamic Climate Declaration which says that the world's 1.6 billion Muslims have a religious duty to fight climate change.

It urges politicians to agree a new treaty to limit global warming to 2C, "or preferably 1.5 degrees."

The Declaration asks Muslims, in the words of the Koran, "not to strut arrogantly on the Earth".

Drafted at an international symposium in Istanbul the Declaration calls for "all people, leaders and businesses ...to commit to 100% renewable energy".

It also argues for increased financial support for communities vulnerable to climate change.

The main focus though is on "well-off nations and oil-producing states," who are urged to lead the way in phasing out greenhouse gases, no later than the middle of this century.

The Declaration calls on the rich countries, to recognise their "moral obligation to reduce consumption so that the poor may benefit from what is left of the Earth's non-renewable resources".

"People need to be told and politicians need to stop misleading their people, in telling them they can go on increasing their standards of living for ever and ever and ever," Fazlun Khalid, a long time Islamic environmentalist involved in drawing up the Declaration, told BBC News.

"Someone should be articulating this because it's an impossibility, they can't do it - And this applies not just to Muslim countries."

The call has been supported by religious leaders including the Grand Muftis of Uganda and Lebanon, the president of Indonesia's major body of religious scholars as well as environmental groups and government officials from Morocco and Turkey.

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Islamic call on rich countries to end fossil fuel use (BBC)

Muslim leaders support Islamic declaration on climate change (RNS)

Islamic leaders urge climate action in declaration (NCR Online)

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