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Jakarta Post

Fazlun Khalid: Using faith to save the environment

  • Prodita Sabarini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 15 2010   /  08:30 am

Where do we ... we turn to when addressing climate change? The climate change conundrum has become a talk-shop between politicians of economy-driven developing and developed countries. Prominent British scientist and environmentalist James Lovelock in a recent interview with The Guardian daily quipped that humans were too stupid to stop climate change and suggested democracy be temporarily suspended. British Muslim environmentalist Fazlun Khalid believes the answer lies in faith.The founding director of the non-governmental organization Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences (IFEES), also recognized as one of 15 leading eco theologians in the world alongside the Dalai Lama and the Pope, said recently that “the best way to mobilize people to take action [on climate change] is through their faith”. “Because they believe,” he said. Sitting in a coffee shop in Bogo...