Inter Faith Unity For Mitigating The Impacts Of Climate Change


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This presentation argues for adoption of inter-faith monotheistic commons. A textual description is partly reflected in the document on agenda for ecologically safe cities.

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  • Inter Faith Unity For Mitigating The Impacts Of Climate Change

    1. 1. Inter faith unity for halting/mitigating the impacts of climate change A innovative proposal of Centre For Ecological Audit, Social Inclusion and Governance, an organization devoted to multiplying responses for addressing climate change c/o. Sufi Trust and Labour League Foundation Presentation by- Dr.Muhammad Mukhtar Alam Executive Director, CEASIG, Chairman, Labour League Foundation and Trustee Sufi Trust
    2. 2. What is climate change <ul><li>It is a change in the climate with rise in temperature of earth, change in rainfall patterns and others caused due to emission of CO 2 , </li></ul><ul><li>Everywhere with impacts beyond the national boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>Several recorded evidences </li></ul><ul><li>UN intergovernmental panel on climate change </li></ul><ul><li>National responses </li></ul>
    3. 3. What is being done <ul><li>Lots of seminars and conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Kyoto protocol emission targets </li></ul><ul><li>National strategies </li></ul><ul><li>International agreements </li></ul><ul><li>Mobilization of civil society </li></ul><ul><li>Mobilization of youths groups </li></ul><ul><li>Policy advocacy for R&D in renewable energy </li></ul>
    4. 4. What are the instruments that are advocated <ul><li>Energy efficient technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Replacement of non-renewable energy </li></ul><ul><li>Treaties signed but not religiously followed </li></ul><ul><li>More funding for research for globalizing renewable energy based services and utilities </li></ul><ul><li>Binding targets on emission reduction </li></ul><ul><li>Plan of Action devoid of binding targets </li></ul>
    5. 5. Problems in the strategies <ul><li>Defeating strategies as GDP estimates does not factor the costs on environments </li></ul><ul><li>Quarterly reporting on the increase in the GDP does not factor the increase in green house gas emissions ( 7 th Generation Initiative in Canada with wellbeing measurement Act is an initiative for factoring the ecological costs and cost of women's work at home) </li></ul><ul><li>Most of the political parties continue to have short term vision </li></ul>
    6. 6. Problems in strategies-2 <ul><li>Continued marketing of fossil fuel intensive consumption patterns (ecologically hostile tourism, long drives, fashion, culture of dancing and drinking intoxicating drinks) </li></ul><ul><li>Continued political support for atheistic neo-liberal cultural products and processes that are inimical to national and global ecological safety </li></ul><ul><li>Absence of concerns for addressing the root causes of ecological and man made disasters </li></ul><ul><li>Marginalization of the faith based groups by the atheistic intelligentsia </li></ul>
    7. 7. Towards a solution <ul><li>Reduction in the emission of green house gases through promoting measures and decision patterns that moderate the consumption of services and utilities based on the consumption of green house emitting fossil fuels </li></ul><ul><li>personal, community, organizational, national and international /global responses for reducing the emission of green houses </li></ul><ul><li>Adoption of faith based responses that are common across the faith groups </li></ul><ul><li>Campaigns for adoption of measures for transforming consumption patterns through seminars, discussion groups and so on </li></ul>
    8. 8. Personal faith based responses <ul><li>Prayer 5 times a day for transforming leisure use pattern recognising that leisure use patterns are one of the key social engagements that consume most of the fossil fuel based services and utilities </li></ul><ul><li>Command for prayer is common across the religious texts though it appears most prominently practiced by men and women following the communications of the last messenger </li></ul><ul><li>Abstaining from avoidable travels </li></ul><ul><li>Not partaking food bought from usurious money and other receipts ( bribery, commission and so on) </li></ul>
    9. 9. How does adoption of prayer transforms the consumption <ul><li>Men and women practicing prayer ( salah in Arabic) do not visit dancing halls and bars </li></ul><ul><li>They abstain from exhibitionist consumption </li></ul><ul><li>They abstain from adultery </li></ul><ul><li>They donate out of the sustenance for poor </li></ul><ul><li>They do not waste </li></ul><ul><li>Their average ecological footprints are likely to be very low </li></ul>
    10. 10. Inter faith commons <ul><li>Ishwar smarate panch awasare- shiv sankalp taru </li></ul><ul><li>Establish prayer at the appointed hours 5 times ( The Holy Quran) </li></ul><ul><li>Commands in Bible and Torah </li></ul><ul><li>Buddhist monotheistic tradition fighting the ‘mara’ Dhammapada </li></ul><ul><li>Gurus in the Sikshism and tirthankers in Jain traditions are examples of austere life filled with prayer and penance </li></ul><ul><li>Prohibition of usury and corruption </li></ul><ul><li>Prohibition of food bought from illegitimate means, adultery, homosexuality and dishonesty </li></ul><ul><li>And several other ecologically sensitive commands </li></ul>
    11. 11. How does a contended economy is built up with happiness for all <ul><li>Elimination of usury </li></ul><ul><li>Debt free credit /interest free loans leads to zero debt distressed suicides and bankruptcies </li></ul><ul><li>Ecologically sustainable habitats with renewable resource based life support systems </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom from worries of energy crisis affecting energy intensive transportation systems and habitats (urban areas with shopping malls will no longer expand and remain within ecologically sustainable limits) </li></ul><ul><li>Equitable distribution of renewable resource based livelihoods (land, water, forest) </li></ul>
    12. 12. Who will lead the charge? <ul><li>Pious men and women across the world prohibiting peacefully what is wrong and prescribing what is right .After death concerns are not only important but signs of ecological distress affecting the lives of billions are clear indicators for change and taking corrective action locally and globally </li></ul><ul><li>Youths ,CSOs,and corporations who are market for non-renewable energy intensive products, services and utilities </li></ul><ul><li>Governments especially Ministries dealing with education, finance, education seeking convergence </li></ul>
    13. 13. Hurdles in the way <ul><li>Neo-liberal atheistic ideology </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of coherent national and international policy </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of inter agency cooperation for example UNDP works against UNEP mandate </li></ul><ul><li>Environment assessments /ministries are slighted for benefiting ecologically hostile proposals/ policies </li></ul>
    14. 14. Socially inclusive and ecologically safe Governance frameworks <ul><li>A governance that is cognisant of the needs of poor, rights of farmers and villages to ecologically sustainable livelihoods and habitats </li></ul><ul><li>A governance that eliminates fictitious inflationary money responsible for expansion of ecologically hostile habitats </li></ul><ul><li>A governance that promotes pious and ecologically safe consumption and production pattern </li></ul>
    15. 15. Ecologically safe and socially inclusive governance-2 <ul><li>A government that plans for ecologically safe disaster free future for all </li></ul><ul><li>A governance that ensures ecologically safe distribution of natural resources </li></ul><ul><li>A governance that works for the interests of all </li></ul><ul><li>A governance that ensures policy making for the rights of children, future generations and poor </li></ul>
    16. 16. CEASIG- LLF/SUFI Proposal <ul><li>Multiplication of carbon neutral neighbourhood discussions across the cities and villages </li></ul><ul><li>Multiplication of ecologically safe responses through promotion of green journalism , green politics /open politics, transformation of leisure use patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Calculation of ecological footprints , eliminating ecological rucksacks </li></ul><ul><li>Policy advocacy for inclusion of a subject on climate change for educating the children </li></ul>
    17. 17. Proposal..contd <ul><li>Ecological Audit of the consumption patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Interfaith dialogue for addressing the climate change, farmers suicides, social security for workers in unorganised sector </li></ul><ul><li>National Convention on Inter Faith common responses for addressing the climate change </li></ul><ul><li>Youth colloquiums ( Majlis-e-naujawan/ Yuvjan Sabhas) for contributing in mitigation of the impacts of climate change </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum Renewal considering the demands of climate change ( not merely tree planting but concrete reduction in emission of green house gases) </li></ul>
    18. 18. Support requirements <ul><li>Personnel </li></ul><ul><li>Communication costs </li></ul><ul><li>Colloquiums and convention costs </li></ul><ul><li>Travels for ecologically safe future of children </li></ul><ul><li>Administration </li></ul>
    19. 19. Prayers / celebrations (!!!!) of the children of 40 th century !!!! <ul><li>Think about the children of 40 th century and the future </li></ul><ul><li>Pray for their safe habitats with renewable resources </li></ul><ul><li>Our endeavours to ensure that they have a future with the blessing of Almighty God </li></ul>
    20. 20. <ul><li>Thanks for viewing and thanking in anticipation of support for endeavours for ecologically safe future for our children with reverence </li></ul>