The Environment Challenge
01 July 2010, Toynbee Hall, London
Venue: Toynbee Hall, 28 Commercial Street, London. E1 6LS
Date: Friday 9th July 2010
Host: Kristiane Backer, Journalist
Issues surrounding the environment pose the biggest challenge to the future of mankind. Unless we realise and radically change the way in which we treat the environment we are heading towards unprecedented disaster from which no technology can protect us.
Today more people die because of the consequences of our collapsing eco-system than even all the conflicts around the world. In the next three months – if appropriate action is not taken – more people will die in sub-Saharan Africa from famine than all the people who have died in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the last fifty years.
If there is any jihad that can lead to real change in our times it is one aimed at saving our planet from abuse and destruction. In our times Muslims must not only be obligatory eco-warriors but also aware and able to share the Islamic teachings on the environment with their neighbours. There is a need for the Muslim community to greater engage in the debate and to take a more pivotal role in the way that the message of meeting the challenge of climate change can be harnessed. Muslim communities need to greater harness the teachings of the Qur’an on the environment in their everyday lives.
In a recent address at Oxford the Prince of Wales shared his conviction that Islam has the potential of making a positive contribution towards the issue of the environmental disaster humanity has created for itself. If that is so how is this likely to happen? What is the essential Islamic contribution towards the solution? Are Muslims able to deliver? Is the rest of the world prepared to listen?
Join us for a round-table discussion with leading Muslim environmentalists, scholars and activists as to what Islam has to offer.