First-ever Islamic declaration on climate change inked
With a view to raise awareness among the general public about threats associated with climate change, the first-ever Islamic declaration on climate change was signed at a ceremony held at Governor House Lahore.
Governor Punjab, Ch. Muhammad Sarwar was the chief guest while Chairman Pakistan Red Crescent, Dr. Saeed Elahi, Provincial Chairman PRC Punjab, Lt. Gen Khalid Maqbool (Retd), a large number of religious scholars from different sects and people from different professions were present.
The declaration was signed by Governor Punjab, Muhammad Sarwar, Chairman Pakistan Red Crescent, Dr. Saeed Elahi, Provincial Chairman PRC Punjab Lt-Gen. Khalid Maqbool (Retd), and religious scholars from different sects.
While addressing the ceremony, the governor said that the priority remains to enhance climate change resilience by building adaptive capacity and the most imperative is to launch awareness drives for behavioural change. He further said that role of religious scholars in spreading awareness about climate change during Juma sermons is highly significant. He appreciated the initiative of Pakistan Red Crescent and pledged to provide assistance to Pakistan Red Crescent.
Dr. Saeed Elahi said that air pollution is currently the leading environmental cause of premature death. He sought cooperation of religious scholars to spread awareness among public about how to tackle the issue of climate change.