Muslims in UK & Ireland Unite in call for COP26 Climate Action
Joint Statement by National Muslim Organisations in the UK and Ireland
In the first- move of its kind, Muslims across the UK and Ireland have issued a united rallying call for world leaders to act decisively on the climate crisis.
With the crucial UN Climate talks in Glasgow – COP26 – only a month away, major Muslim organisations in the two countries issued a joint statement demanding climate justice, a just transition to a green economy and more support for the most vulnerable.
It is the first time such a coalition of major Muslim organisations has made a joint statement on climate and the environment – underwriting the unity of growing calls from faith organisations for climate justice.
The statement, issued on Monday 18th October, has been signed by 8 of the main national Muslim organisations in the UK and Ireland which represent a large number of the countries’ combined 2.7 million Muslim population.
It calls for world leaders at COP26 to:
- meet the Paris Agreement targets
- sign up to net-zero emissions targets
- end all subsidies for fossil fuels
- commit to a total greening of energy sources
- provide new funding to address climate-related loss and damage
The faith-led campaign builds on the statement released by the Vatican in early October, as well as the International Interfaith Day of Action, Faiths 4 Climate, taking place on the 17th and 18th of October.
Highlighting the importance of environmental sustainability in Islam, the joint signatories promise to reinvigorate their teachings, talks and sermons on the need for care for creation, as well as promoting Earth stewardship, sustainable living, the greening of mosques and reducing the use of natural resources.
They are also calling for politicians, community leaders and organisations to raise their voices for climate action on all available platforms; use their influence to hold local authorities and government to account; encourage others to include environmental sustainability in their strategic plans, and to work with all parties who are also committed to the cause.
The Director of EcoIslam, convenor and signatory to the joint statement, Kamran Shezad said: ‘The joint statement is a bold declaration on the need for urgency in the face of the climate crisis. British and Irish Muslims feel they, along with others in the many faith communities of these islands, have to stand up to be counted and demand that COP26 delivers for the most vulnerable, and a safer, greener, future for all’
Signatories for the statement include:
Dr Abdul Azim Ahmed
Secretary General – Muslim Council of Wales
Imam Qari Asim MBE
Chairman – Mosques & Imams National Advisory Board
Dr Muhammad Adrees
Secretary General – Muslim Council of Scotland
Shaykh Abdul Haq Bewley
Chairman – British Board of Scholars & Imams
Fadi Itani OBE
Chief Executive Officer – Muslim Charities Forum
Secretary General – Muslim Council of Britain
Shaykh Dr Umar al Qadri
Chairman – Irish Muslim Peace & Integration Council
Director – Islamic Foundation for Ecology & Environmental Sciences