Why green deen day


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March 12, 2011 was celebrated as 'Green Deen Day' at Lakehead Grammar School, Dhaka, Bangladesh. It was a month long effort of students and teachers to raise awareness about energy crisis and environmental issues.

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Why green deen day

  1. 1. Amera Khanam Lakehead Grammar School Why Green Deen Day?
  2. 2. Mission <ul><li>To celebrate and start a long term programme to establish Green living </li></ul><ul><li>To establish Lakehead Grammar School as an environmentally friendly school </li></ul><ul><li>Helping Muslims become Islamically environmentally conscious </li></ul>
  3. 3. You may be thinking? <ul><li>Are these environmental threats such as global warming, deforestation, acid rain, desertification, real? </li></ul><ul><li>What about recycling stuff, eating organic food, and lowering carbon footprint?   </li></ul>
  4. 4. Climate Change is a signal that humankind has lost its course . 85%of world’s energy supply in 2008 Machines Electricity Heating & Cooking Sustainable Energy: Solar/ Wind
  5. 5. Global Facts <ul><li>42 years of oil reserves remain </li></ul><ul><li>133 years of coal remains </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. consumes 25% of the world’s oil </li></ul><ul><li>Current energy source is limited </li></ul><ul><li>Energy is expensive </li></ul>
  6. 6. Local Facts <ul><li>Natural Gas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Accounts for 85% of power generation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Coal, Water, Oil </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Accounts for 15% of power generation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dhaka & Chittagong </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consumes 85 to 90 % of national energy supply </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. What is energy conservation? <ul><li>Energy conservation  refers to efforts made to reduce energy consumption. </li></ul><ul><li>Energy conservation can be achieved through increased efficient energy use, </li></ul><ul><li>in conjunction with decreased energy consumption  </li></ul><ul><li>and/or reduced consumption from conventional energy sources. </li></ul>
  8. 8. How to Reduce energy consumption and eliminate energy wastage  ? <ul><li>Take initiatives to reduce the use of fossil fuels, a major contributor of greenhouse gases in our environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Fossil fuels include oil, gas and coal that provide important sources of energy that powers our electricity, cars, industries and limitless other things that make our life so comfortable.  </li></ul>
  9. 9. The way we treat the planet is a reflection of the way we treat ourselves. <ul><li>James Speth and other scientists have mentioned that in order to destroy life on this planet we simply have to continue living the way we live our lives today. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Remedy <ul><ul><li>Temporary solution </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Seek alternative sources of energy </li></ul><ul><li>Permanent solution </li></ul><ul><li>Change our habit of wasting </li></ul><ul><li>Seek renewable sources of energy </li></ul><ul><li>Amend habits : </li></ul><ul><li>Get Enlightened </li></ul><ul><li>Save Energy </li></ul><ul><li>Spread the Word </li></ul>
  11. 11. How to get enlightened? <ul><li>Over fifty million acres of tropical rain forest are destroyed every year, enough trees to fill all of England and Scotland combined. </li></ul><ul><li>Higher temperatures are melting glaciers and polar ice, altering arctic and Antarctic habitats and further endangering species like the polar bear, walrus, whales, coral reefs, migrating birds, nearly all forms of life, as well as adding to sea level rise. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Concept of Green Living <ul><li>The concept of going green has been popular since the 60's but Muslims have been green for over 1400 years. Going green is not a fad in Islam but its part of our Amaanah (responsibility). </li></ul><ul><li>Being green  a mindset that you need to develop. By making small changes in your lifestyle you can truly make a lasting difference and put money BACK in your wallet. </li></ul>
  13. 13. The Islamic sources on the preservation of the environment <ul><li>There is ample evidence in the Quran - over 700 verses that relate humans to their environment. </li></ul><ul><li>The Prophet Muhammad was reported to care for all the creation of God. The Qur'an quotes that he was sent only as a mercy to all the universe (not just mankind) </li></ul>
  14. 14. What is Green Deen? <ul><li>A &quot;Green Deen&quot; is the choice to practice your religion while affirming the synergies between faith and the environment.  </li></ul><ul><li>Environmentalism fits into the goals and ethics of Islam </li></ul>
  15. 15. Quran says: <ul><li>“ He has raised the heaven on high and created the balance: don’t ever tamper with this balance… He laid out the earth for His creatures, with all its fruits and palms having sheathed clusters, and grain with husk and scented herbs.” </li></ul><ul><li> Ar-Rahman 55:[7-12] </li></ul>
  16. 16. More Ayats: <ul><li>The word “Earth” (ard) appears no less than 485 times in the holy book of the Quran. The men and women are described as Allah’s vicegerents on Earth. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Lo! We offered the trust upon the heavens and the earth and the hills, but they shrank from bearing it and were afraid of it and man assumed it” (Quran: 33:72). </li></ul><ul><li>By this act of acceptance, humans have accepted the responsibility for the custody of the environment. This trusteeship is seen by Islam to be so onerous and burdensome that no other creature would ‘accept’ it. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Climate change and Muslims <ul><li>“ For Muslims who derive their value system from the Quran and traditions of Prophet Mohammed (pbuh), climate change should be a priority of high importance along with social justice and fighting illiteracy, poverty, and disease” </li></ul>
  18. 18. Islamic teachings <ul><li>  Islamic teachings provide an ethical worldview of Nature and extends an invitation to believers and non-believers alike to reflect on natural phenomena, and to safeguard natural elements as an invaluable trust so that they may avoid disturbing the inherent balanced state of the planet. </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>  This life is a trust upon us and we will be accountable to Allah (swt) as to how we live and the impact of our life on others, not just human, animals included, our environment and all the resources at our disposal which are all created by Allah (swt) with us as Trustees over them. </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>That comfortable life will not last forever and doing something now can save us generations to come from the catastrophic effects of global warming resulting from our </li></ul><ul><li>“ so comfortable lifestyle”. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Is Going Green a lifestyle? <ul><li>Going green is not just a “lifestyle” issue or a “trend” to follow </li></ul><ul><li>but </li></ul><ul><li>a responsibility that we owe in preserving our World and discharging our Trust to Allah (swt). </li></ul>
  22. 22. Let’s Grow as a