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Message received from IFEES on 22 Sept

 

IFEES Director Addresses UN Climate Change Summit

 

Salam, Shalom and Peace brothers and sisters in humanity :

Hope you are in the best of health and faith, Insha'Allah.

 

And a special Eid Mubarak to our Muslim readers!

 

Good news! Our Director, Fazlun Khalid, the founder of the

Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences

has been honoured by an invitation by the Secretary General

of the UN to participate in a round table discussion on Climate

Change with world leaders on 22 September in New York.

This is the statement he will be making which will be

video cast on the UN website the same day.

 

"It hasn’t quite entered the human consciousness, that if planet

earth suffers we suffer and that we have nowhere else to go. We

are part of an integrated earth and when we reduce the natural

world to an exploitable resource this turns inwards on us. How

else does one explain the consequences of climate change?

Yes, the human species is unique. We have the capacity to

observe the world around us, describe what we see, quantify

it and then take advantage of it. However, the most extreme

and all pervasive form of this is our collective, unfettered

defilement of nature. For example we have managed to consume

in a space of two hundred and fifty years or so, fossil fuel

resources that have taken 250,000,000 years to lay down. That is,

averaging consumption in one year, of what has taken nature a

million years to produce. This is set to continue unabated until

these resources run dry even as the chickens come home to roost.

Prosperity it seems is based on creating discontent as consumers

are seduced to vie with each other in pursuit of technopia. We

have political, financial and industrial systems, in place that

will ensure that this continues without interruption. If there

is a lesson we can learn from the financial crisis it is that

market forces are a fiction because money itself is a fiction.

It can be created by the stroke of a pen or push of a button

by those privileged to be bankers. The rest of us work for a living.

 

Individual nation states have their own priorities and agendas. But,

the common denominator however is growth based on fictitious money.

While those ahead in the race are able to create more money to stay

ahead, those behind engage in an almost impossible game of catch up.

The victim of this game is planet earth and climate change is the

result. Moderating this appears to be what Copenhagen is about and

this requires, the rich nations particularly, to tighten their belts

severely, whilst those behind loosen theirs’ ever so gently. There

is no gain without pain. Current growth rates steal from the legacy

that by right belong to future generations. It would seem that in

allowing to be swept away by forces intent on destroying the natural

world in the name of economic growth faith communities have surrendered

their responsibilities, Muslims, not least amongst them. Our job is

to prod this group, which constitutes twenty percent of the world’s

population, to wake up to their teachings and join forces with other

like-minded people to leave a liveable planet for our children.

 

It is now or never - well almost."

 

For more information please contact Daud(David) on 07926085947

or 01283 529767 , e-mail info@ifees.org.uk or visit

the website at www.ifees.org.uk

 

Finally, please support IFEES to continue raising the importance

of these issues through the production of educational literature,

training programmes and supporting such campaigns. Your support

will also help us to set up a global network of Muslim

environmentalists from Aceh to Zanzibar. To donate please visit:

 

www.justgiving.com/ifees

 

 

Please support us now and forward to others

who may benefit or support us. Thank you!

 

Best regards, Islamic Foundation for Ecology

and Environmental Sciences (IFEES)

 

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