Climate change

Review of the Islamic Declaration on Climate Change

Submitted by Arthur Dahl on 29. August 2015 - 23:45

Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change: A Review

Arthur Lyon Dahl
International Environment Forum

Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change


After drafting work by a group of leading academics, and wide circulation for consultation, an Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change was adopted at an international Islamic Climate Change Symposium, held in Istanbul, Turkey, on 17-18 August 2015(1) (see ANNEX). The document is a significant addition to other religious declarations on this critical issue for the future of humanity, alongside those of the Bahá'í International Community's statement in 2008: Seizing the Opportunity: Redefining the Challenge of Climate Change (2) and the Pope's June 2015 encyclical Laudato Si': on care for our common home (3) reviewed on this web site (4), among others.

Summary and Commentary on Laudato Si': the Pope's encyclical on the environment and poverty

Submitted by Arthur Dahl on 28. June 2015 - 0:06

Summary and Commentary on Laudato Si':
the Pope's encyclical on the environment and poverty

Arthur Lyon Dahl
International Environment Forum
Geneva, Switzerland

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The long-awaited encyclical letter of Pope Francis, Laudato Si': on care for our common home, was released on 18 June 2015. The title comes from the canticle of Saint Francis, “LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”, and sets the theme for a lengthy addition to Catholic Church teaching that addresses both the environmental challenges facing the world and persistent poverty, weaving the two themes together as aspects of the same spiritual illness facing the world today. The letter is framed as an integrated systems perspective on the material and spiritual challenges, and the need for spiritual solutions. As Baha'is we can welcome such a clear stand by the Catholic Church on issues where we share both the priority that they should be given, and the diagnosis of the fundamental spiritual illness behind both problems.

Despite what sceptics say, climate change is still a problem

Submitted by Arthur Dahl on 4. February 2014 - 23:27

Climate sceptics have recently been claiming that global warming has paused since 1998 despite rising levels of greenhouse gases, confirming their belief that it is not man-made and therefore that no action is necessary. This is the latest argument in an on-going campaign of disinformation on the issue, complicated by the ideological and political dimensions that the debate has taken in some countries (USA, Canada, Australia).