Islamic Solution for Mitigation of Climate Change, Promoting Equity, Eradicating Poverty


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An earlier version of the presentation made in 2008 and shared here has been widely appreciated. This presentation is for multiplying muslim responses for mitigation of climate while appealing on the commons across the faith groups.

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  • We can describe the modern time to be primarily petro-modern if we consider the fact that it is fossil fuel based resources that have ensure mobility of goods, commodities and others across the world. We have petromodern signs of progress that must last only till such time. Allah/God/../ has all control on the resources and treasures and bring down for us as per the need. Do we need to use the resources for sinful engagements in cities by dislodging the indegenous groups and villagers from ecologically sustainable habitats
  • The phrase of geostrategics and ecostrategics is being proposed by Dr.Mukhtar Alam for describing the discourse and planning for collective strategic interest/ survival interests of the people of the world.
  • Imagination exercise for seeking wellbeing of the future generations
  • Islamic Solution for Mitigation of Climate Change, Promoting Equity, Eradicating Poverty

    1. 1. Mitigating Climate Change through adoptionof inter faith monotheistic/Islamic commonsfor Personal, Social ,Environmental, Nationaland Global GovernanceDr.Muhammad Mukhtar AlamCentre for Ecological Audit, Social Inclusion and Governance (CEASIG),a collaborative project of Sewa, Labour League Foundation and Sufi TrustA presentation on the occasion of Oceanic group and IHC seminar on renewable energyand Climate Change5 August 2008Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
    2. 2. Conventional wisdom!! Petro-modern systems have a short past(how many years??) Petro-modern systems will have short future(peak oil production has reached!!!) Need for basket of energy sources (RahulGandhi addressing the debate on nucleardeal) Climate action plan of the government ofIndia addresses the need of ecological safetyand social inclusion (not quite)
    3. 3. Non-renewable/ ecologicallyunsustainable energy Fossil fuels (has a short future) Nuclear energy (has a short future) Thermal energy ( has a short future)
    4. 4. Renewable/ ecologically sustainableenergy (green energy) Solar energy ,Wind energy, Water basedturbines Geothermal energy Biofuels but we need food first Hydrogen powered cars But production systems must be greentoo..40thcentury standards
    5. 5. What is climate change It is a change in the climate with rise in temperatureof earth, change in rainfall patterns and otherscaused due to emission of CO2 and other gasesknown as Green house gases (GHGs), Everywhere with impacts beyond the nationalboundaries Several recorded evidences UN intergovernmental panel on climate change National responses.. a security concern BrahmmaChellaney
    6. 6. What is being done Lots of seminars and conferences Kyoto protocol emission targets National strategies International agreements Mobilization of civil society, youths groupsand governments Policy advocacy for R&D in renewableenergy –the era of innovations
    7. 7. What are the instruments that areadvocated Energy efficient technologies for reducingconsumption Replacement of non-renewable energy Treaties signed but not religiously followed More funding for research for globalizingrenewable energy based services and utilities Binding targets on emission reduction
    8. 8. Problems in the strategies Defeating strategies as GDP estimates does notfactor the costs on environments Quarterly reporting on the increase in the GDP doesnot factor the increase in green house gasemissions ( 7thGeneration Initiative in Canada with wellbeingmeasurement Act factoring the ecological costs and cost ofwomens work at home) we need this in India too urgently Most of the political parties continue to have shortterm vision Reducing consumption of GHG emitting services is notyet our national priority and we are waiting for attainingthe emission levels of ecologically hostile economies andsocieties
    9. 9. Problems in strategies contd.. Continued marketing of fossil fuel intensiveconsumption patterns (ecologically hostile tourism,long drives, fashion, culture of dancing and drinkingintoxicating drinks) Continued political support for atheistic neo-liberalcultural products and processes that are inimical tonational and global ecological safety Absence of concerns for addressing the root causesof ecological and man made disasters Marginalisation of the faith based groups by theatheistic intelligentsia
    10. 10. Towards a solution/ preparing for end ofpetromodern times Reduction in the emission of green house gasesthrough promoting measures and decision patternsthat moderate the consumption of services andutilities based on the consumption of green houseemitting fossil fuels Personal, community, organisational, national andinternational /global responses for reducing theemission of green houses Adoption of faith based responses that are commonacross the faith groups Campaigns for adoption of measures fortransforming consumption patterns throughseminars, discussion groups and so on
    11. 11. Personal faith based responses fortransforming consumption patterns Prayer 5/3+1 times a day for transforming leisureuse pattern recognising that leisure use patterns areone of the key social engagements consuming fossilfuel based services and utilities Command for prayer is common across the religioustexts Abstaining from avoidable travels Rejecting food and other properties bought fromecologically hostile and socially inequitable usuriousmoney and other receipts ( bribery, commission andso on)
    12. 12. How does adoption of prayertransforms the consumption Men and women practicing prayer (salah inArabic) do not visit dancing halls and bars They abstain from exhibitionist consumption They abstain from adultery They donate out of the sustenance for poor They do not waste Their average ecological footprints are likelyto be very low
    13. 13. Reduction in theconsumption of fossil fuelbased services and utilitiesthrough transformation ofleisure use patternPrayer 5 times a day fortransformation ofexhibitionist consumptionand leisure use patternsEcological safety withecologically sustainablehabitats and livelihoodsgloballyReduction in the emissionof green house gases
    14. 14. Inter faith commons Ishwar smarate panch awasare- shiv sankalp taru Establish prayer at the appointed hours 5 times (The HolyQuran) Commands in Bible and Torah Buddhist monotheistic tradition fighting the ‘mara’Dhammapada Gurus in the Sikhism and tirthankers in Jain traditions areexamples of austere life filled with prayer, penance, donation Prohibition of usury ,corruption, food bought from illegitimatemeans, adultery, homosexuality ,dishonesty and several otherecologically sensitive commands
    15. 15. Steps for ecologically safe and socially inclusiveeconomy with happiness for all Elimination of usury..RBI to lead. Stop payment ofinterests Debt free credit and interest free loans leads to zerodebt distressed suicides and bankruptcies Ecologically sustainable habitats with renewableresource based life support systems Freedom from worries of energy crisis affectingenergy intensive transportation systems andhabitats (urban areas with shopping malls will nolonger expand and remain within ecologicallysustainable limits) Equitable distribution of renewable resource basedlivelihoods (land, water, forest)
    16. 16. Who will lead the charge Pious men and women across the world prohibitingpeacefully what is wrong and prescribing what isright Youths and corporations who are market for non-renewable energy intensive services and utilities Governments especially Ministries dealing witheducation, finance, power seeking convergence signs of ecological distress affecting the lives ofbillions are clear indicators for change and takingcorrective action locally and globally
    17. 17. Hurdles in the way Neo-liberal atheistic ideology Lack of coherent national and internationalpolicy Lack of inter agency cooperation for exampleUNDP works against UNEP mandate Environment assessments /ministries areslighted for benefiting ecologically hostileproposals/ policies SEZ
    18. 18. Geostrategics/Ecostrategics/ the Dayof Judgement Geostrategics must supersede nationalisticaspirations based on the possession of non-renewable resource based markers of developmentecologically hostile skyscrapers Olympics andcommonwealth games Ecostrategics call for sacrifice of desires for comfortand services based on GHG emitting energy andresources Our fate on the Day of Judgement/ interests ofchildren in 40thcentury must be a pointer for shapingour behaviour in here and now
    19. 19. Socially inclusive and ecologically safeGovernance frameworks A governance that is cognisant of the needsof poor, rights of farmers and villages toecologically sustainable livelihoods andhabitats A governance that eliminates fictitiousinflationary money responsible for expansionof ecologically hostile habitats A governance that promotes pious andecologically safe consumption and productionpattern
    20. 20. Ecologically safe and sociallyinclusive governance-2 A government that plans for ecologically safedisaster free future for all A governance that ensures ecologically safedistribution of natural resources A governance that works for the interests ofall A governance that ensures policy making forthe rights of children, future generations andpoor
    21. 21. Discouragingexhibitionistconsumption patternsPromotion ofneighborhood tradeand educationDebt free, interest freeecologically safefinance systemEcologicallysustainable agriculture Ecologically safemodels of successPromotion ofecologicallysustainable transportSystemsFaith based measuresfor transformation ofleisure use patternPromotion ofecologicallysustainable habitatsMarketing ofecologically safeconsumptionproductionEcologically safestrategy/developmentparadigm
    22. 22. Essential features of ecologically sustainableand socially inclusive anti-inflationaryeconomy Debt free money and interest free loans with publiccontrol on the creation of money Rights to renewable resource based habitats Ecologically sustainable leisure use patterns Distributive justice for renewable resource basedlivelihoods Freedom from worried of energy crisis Protection of Renewable resource basedlivelihoods
    23. 23. Protection ofRenewable resourcebased livelihoodsFreedom fromworried of energycrisisDistributive justicefor renewableresource basedlivelihoodsEcologicallysustainable leisureuse patternsRights to renewableresource basedhabitatsDebt free money/interest free loanswith public moneyEcologicallySustainable/Contended reverenteconomy
    24. 24. CEASIG /Sewa-LLF-Sufi Proposal Multiplication of carbon neutral neighbourhooddiscussions across the cities and villages Multiplication of ecologically safe responses throughpromotion of green journalism, green politics /openpolitics, transformation of leisure use patterns Mandatory conduct of ecological audit, calculation ofecological footprints , minimising ecologicalrucksacks Policy advocacy for inclusion of a subject on climatechange for educating the children
    25. 25. Proposal..contd-2 Ecological Audit of the consumption patterns Interfaith dialogue for addressing the climatechange, farmers suicides, social security for workersin unorganised sector National Convention on Inter Faith commonresponses for addressing the climate change Youth colloquiums ( Majlis-e-naujawan/ YuvjanSabhas) for contributing in mitigation of the impactsof climate change Preparing for the end of petromodern age andplanning for the children of 40thcentury in India
    26. 26. Proposals contd..3 Curriculum Renewal considering the demands ofclimate change ( not merely tree planting butconcrete reduction in emission of green housegases) Creation of a special ministry for dealing with climatechange and responses Creation of a discipline called Ecostrategics forcoordinating national and global best practice fortransition to renewable resource based ecologicallysustainable economy, polity and culture
    27. 27. Prayers / celebrations (!!!!) of the childrenof 40thcentury !!!! Preparing forpost-petromodern futures Let us think about the children of 40thcenturyand their future Let us pray for their safe habitats withrenewable resources Let us download their interests and vibes inhere and now Let us ensure that they have a future with theblessing of Almighty Allah/ God / Ishwar/Elahom/…/..the creator, sustainer and masterof all universes
    28. 28. Karo bhalai zameen parkhuda khush hoga arsh-bareen parDo good on earth ..Allah/ God/Ishwar/../../ willbe happy in the heavenThanks for viewing and thanking in anticipationof support for endeavours for ecologicallysafe future for our children in 40thcentury andbeyond..80thcentury…200thcentury AH/AD/…./../