Eco-green role of religious communities

All faiths and spiritualities to look inward at their traditions to solve environment issues.

ALL world religions should play an important role in addressing climate change and global environmental issues. They have to look at what their own religions have to say and take action on issues pertaining to environmental protection.

Each religion should apply the green concept to their festive celebrations. For example, Muslims have to apply The Green Guide for HajjThe Green Guide for Umrah (in which pilgrims are not allowed to cut down trees while in Ihram),Greening Ramadan (minimum wastage/disposal of unfinished food), Greening the Mosque (energy conservation of electricity and water used for ablution), etc.

Such campaigns teach followers the link between Islam and nature. Indeed, the term “green concept” has to be applied in global environmental issues to lessen the impact of climate change.

Greenhouse gases are those that absorb and emit infrared radiation in the wavelength range emitted by Earth. The most abundant greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere are water vapour, carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide, ozone and chlorofluorocarbons.

Without greenhouse gases, the average temperature of Earth’s surface would be about 15°C (27°F) colder than the present average of 14°C (57°F). Greenhouse gases (GHGs) can be emitted through transport, land clearance, and the production and consumption of food, fuel, manufactured goods, materials, wood, roads, buildings, and services.

Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in 1750, human activities have produced a 40% increase in the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, from 280 ppm (parts per million) in the year 1750 to 400 ppm in 2015.

It has been estimated that if greenhouse gas emissions are produced at the present rate, the Earth’s surface temperature will potentially have harmful effects on the ecosystem, biodiversity and the livelihoods of people worldwide.

A carbon footprint is defined as “a measure of the total amount of CO2 and CH4 emissions of a defined population, system or activity, considering all relevant sources, sinks and storage within the spatial and temporal boundary of the population, system or activity of interest”.

It is calculated as carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) using the relevant 100-year global warming potential (GWP100). An individual, nation, or an organisation’s carbon footprint can be measured by undertaking a GHG emissions assessment or other calculative activities denoted as carbon accounting.

by NOR AZARUDDIN HUSNI HJ NURUDDIN.

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