Muslims Join: The Religious Coalition Against Global Warming Just Doubled In Size

There are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, and today many Muslim religious leaders issued a joint statement from a meeting in Turkey calling on all Muslims but especially on developed countries to lead the switch to renewable fuels and reduce CO2 emissions so that global warming does not cross the 2C threshold.  Their argument for doing so was from the Koran and was couched in language and terms that Pope Francis could wholeheartedly agree with:  They argued that it is the poor of the world that are being most significantly impacted and thus it is immoral to pursue development for the sake of development, using non-renewable resources at a heedless pace.  They also argued that humans were made stewards of the world and have done an abysmal job.

Can a small but respected and influential group of Muslim clerics influence the hearts and minds of 1.6 billion faithful?  We’ll find out.  This much we do know:  the Islamic declaration is very, very similar to the Pope’s encyclical, to  the point where the two religions can be said to be allied on this point.  Here is a link to an excellent article on the Muslim declaration.  It is well worth your time to read it.

Scott Christiansen