Introduction Of Islam And The Environment

1665 WordsDec 11, 20157 Pages
Introduction to Islam and the Environment A few problems we face in the world today include harmful ozone layer destruction, unmanageable global warming, disgustingly high levels of pollution, dangerously high rates of natural resource depletion, and extinction at astronomical rates. The effect of these issues includes destruction of our trees and plants, food shortages, higher risk of natural disasters, higher risk of unclean water, and a higher risk of cancer (Environmental Problems). These obvious issues have been ravaging our earth for much too long and it is time that people begin to step up and embrace environmental sustainability. While there are groups and foundations working towards creating a more sustainable earth, more active and widespread involvement is necessary. In order to be successful, this involvement should include people from all different groups and ways of life. One way to achieve this is by involving religion, a unified system of beliefs and practices relative to sacred things, in the efforts towards creating a more sustainable environment (Bauman, Bohannon, and O’Brien 17). 84% of people in the world associate themselves with a religion. That means that if religious groups were to preach and participate in environmentally sustainable practices, 84% of the world would follow their lead. Among those who identify themselves with a certain religion, about 28% are Islamic. Around 1.6 billion people in the world are Muslims, making Islam the second most
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