The Islamic Declaration on Climate Change

The Islamic Declaration on Climate Change

The Islamic Declaration on Climate Change, endorsed by Islamic scholars from around the world, calls on countries to phase out greenhouse gas emissions and switch to 100% renewable energy. Released during a two-day symposium on Islam and climate change in Istanbul, the Declaration explains why Muslims should be responsible activists for the welfare of the planet and sets out a series of demands to world leaders and the business community. 

Meeting Rivers: Culture, Religion and Our Social and Ecological Futures

These writings, drawn from various cultural and religious traditions, are unique, provocative and absorbing. Profoundly compassionate, they explore the responses of some of the most creative and original thinkers of our time as they grapple with the personal, social and ecological challenges around them.

This is the century where humanity will be tested as never before. Will we be able to deal with the massive levels of poverty and injustice that all societies are faced with in lesser or greater degrees? Will we be able to change our lifestyles and evolve sustainable futures where solutions can be found to the climate crisis? Above all, can religions, spiritualities and secular ethics inspire communities to embrace a more holistic vision to live in peace with each other and the planet? The essays in this book are both spiritually fulfilling and pro-active in seeking to deal with these challenges. One cannot read them without being deeply moved by the urgency of the insights they seek to articulate.

Art and Sustainable Development

Art and Sustainable Development

Jyoti Sahi brings a different perspective to sustainability and the need for artists to express social and environmental aspects through their art. He talks about the ethical responsibility of artists and how they can use art to extend their sphere of influence. 

This image shows worship of the Peepul Tree using garlands, thread that is tied round the tree, and snake stones at a wayside shrine. The image is meant to show the way in which a folk culture in India celebrates nature, showing how art as ritual sustains the sacred in the natural environment. This sketch by the author is based on the photograph that he took at the Nallur Amaroy Thopu (sacred grove) near Devanahalli in Karnataka.

Alternative Education – Creating a Microcosm for a Sustainable Society

B. Ramdas

A sustainable society does not fall from the sky nor does it just happen one fine morning. It has to be created through a long and arduous process. There are innumerable nuances and principles that are involved.

Where and how does one get these across to people? Where are the forums? I believe that the best place to begin this process of creation of such a society is in the classroom – with children. Here lies our future!

Just Change – People Before Profit

Many of us have struggled for and with the poor for over four decades now. We have fought human rights abuses, land alienation, untouchability, feudalism and violence against women.

We have mostly won major victories and changed the lives of the poor with whom we had worked.  But forty years down the line, most of us are faced with the stark fact that fighting poverty and fighting for the economic rights of our people is now virtually impossible, and moved beyond our control.

From easily identified local exploitative individuals, the forces causing poverty have moved to new, distant, complex structures way beyond the reach of communities. The blame is now conveniently laid on catch phrases such as market forces, globalisation, liberalization. But the question still remains as to how one deals with these faceless forces? Writes Stan Thekaekara