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Christian Aid welcomes first Islamic declaration on climate change

18 August 2015 - Christian Aid has welcomed the Islamic Climate Change Declaration launched today at the world’s first international Islamic climate symposium held in Istanbul, Turkey.

The strong declaration, signed by representatives from a broad spectrum of the Islamic world, will form the basis of action on climate change from madrassas and mosques to Islamic businesses around the globe.

Ahead of December’s UN climate summit in Paris and the adoption of the new Sustainable Development Goals in September, Christian Aid said it was crucial to see world faiths leading the call for the transition to a low carbon world.

Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid’s Senior Climate Change Advisor, said: “Coming on the heels of the Pope’s encyclical it is great to see Christians and Muslims uniting to tackle a common enemy.  Climate change will affect people of all faiths and the world’s poor in particular.
As both faiths have a long tradition of caring for those in poverty it is right that they make tackling climate change a priority.

“It is imperative that people of faith bring their voice into the global climate talks.  Unlike politicians on short-term electoral cycles or businesses looking at the next quarterly statement, faith leaders have a generational perspective handed down to them over centuries. 

“It is this prophetic, long term vision that will be needed to tackle a problem as far reaching as climate change.

“This symposium along with the Pope’s encyclical and the recent Lambeth Declaration signed by the Archbishop of Canterbury are welcome moves towards achieving that goal.

"We hope it will spur Muslim leaders to play an even bigger role in taking effective climate action, particularly in the Muslim majority nations.”


For more information contact Joe Ware at jware@christian-aid.org. The 24 hour Christian Aid press duty phone is 07850 242950.

Notes to Editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 40 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

2. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, sustainably. Our strategy document Partnership for Change www.christianaid.org.uk/images/partnership-for-change-summary.pdf explains how we set about this task.

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