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Stakeholders Share Views on Climate Change, Earth Protection

Stakeholders Share Views on Climate Change Earth Protection: The Nigerian Conservation Foundation and a coalition of civil society groups, including Green Faith, have shared insights on ways to curb climate change and protect the environment. The stakeholders gathered in Lagos for the Interfaith Rise for Climate, which was held to call national, sub-national leaders, government, private sector, faith-based institutions and other stakeholders to action, according to a statement.

 

In his keynote address, the Director General, NCF, Dr Muhtari Aminu-Kano, shared insights on Islamic principles and approaches to protecting the environment as defined in Eco-Islam, a movement pioneered by the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Studies. He highlighted four Islamic principles, which he described as the foundation for the inter-link between environmental protection and Islam belief – Tauhid (unity), Fitra (creation), Mizan (balance) and Khalifa (stewardship).

 

According to him, Hima (sustainable management); Harim (protection); Waqf (trust fund); and Hisba (enforcement) are the approaches or mechanisms that Muslim societies have employed to observe and implement the tenets of the four principles.  Aminu-Kano stressed the need for a multi-faith intervention towards achieving alternative paradigm in reducing the impact of climate change and other environmental challenges in Nigeria.

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He said to achieve the alternative paradigm, there was a need for moderation in human consumption pattern, environmental stewardship as well as ethical boundaries and contentment in human approaches to money and market, while considering holistic wellbeing as part of the framework for the new paradigm. According to Aminu-Kano, examples of Muslim initiatives that have proven very successful in environmental protection are Eco-Islam, Islamic Declaration on Climate Change, and Green Muslim Climate Network, among others.

 

The statement said other speakers included representatives of the Christian faith and the Buddhist community in Lagos, who also shared their respective faith insights about environmental protection. It noted that the plenary session gave an opportunity to discuss modalities to further work together as a multi-faith network towards advancing the work of creation and protect the environment.

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Environmental awareness in faith-based institutions was identified as one of the first steps to use in evangelising and engaging followers of all faith institutions in driving action on environmental protection. In order to continue the conversation around engaging faith institutions in driving climate action, Aminu-Kano announced the NCF’s plan to host a public lecture and engage with faith leaders towards a strong campaign to save the Nigerian environment.

According to him, this will be launched in 2019.

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