Islamic leaders at the International Islamic Climate Change Symposium in Istanbul, Turkey called on wealthy nations and Muslims to take action on climate change.

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8/21/2015 5:06:13 PM

Good News Friday {Islamic Leaders Call for Climate Change Action}

In June, Pope Francis delivered his papal encyclical on the environment and climate. This is an important moment for the climate movement as it heightened media attention on climate change and climate policies, but through a distinctly Catholic prism.

Now, Islamic scholars are urging action on climate change.

During the International Islamic Climate Change Symposium in Istanbul, Turkey this week, prominent Muslims called on wealthy nations to curb emissions. 

The Christian Science Monitor reported, "The declaration called on the well-off governments - and oil-producing states - to lead the way in 'phasing out their greenhouse gas emissions as early as possible and no later than the middle of the century.'

"Drafted by Islamic scholars, the declaration strongly criticized rich and powerful countries, which it criticizes for delaying the implementation of a comprehensive climate change agreement."

The Declaration also called on the 1.6 billion Muslims around the world to embrace climate change action as part of their religious duty.

Read more: The Christina Science Monitor, In name of Allah, Islamic scholars urge action on climate change

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