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First time in India, IRI and CERT Promoting Sustainable Environment, Consumption and Production in Communities through Islamic Teachings

New Delhi(15th Nov 2017): Natural resources are essential for survival of human kind. Agricultural land provides us with food; a sufficient supply of clean and potable water sustains life; and raw material of various kinds is needed for shelter. Natural resources are required not only for meeting our basic needs, but also for fulfilling our aspirations for a better quality of life, for higher standards of living, for comfort and ease, and for economic and social well-being, said Prof. Mohd Rafat, Professor, JMI and Member Advisory Board, CERT

Every society depends on natural resources like biogenic and mineral raw materials, on energy sources like fossil fuels and solar and wind energy, and on clean water. The environmental media and ecosystems are also understood as being natural resources, with their biodiversity, the different functions of their land areas, and their services. They constitute the essential elements that keep our economy functioning and guarantee an increase in the well-being of mankind.
Though India’s population is 1.2 billion, with majority of them living below poverty line, India’s humongous middle class is eating into resources meant for the complete population. Last three decades of India’s development is marked with over consumption and misuse of resources and extensive depletion of survival resources like water. Cities like Delhi and Bangalore are facing extinction due to severe depletion of water tables.  However, the demand for resources continue to rise with key factors driving this demand being:
‒ Growing population
‒ Expanding industrial and service-related production
‒ Rising (average) income of growing middle class and/or expanding cohort of middle class
‒ Increasing urbanization
MD Akmal Shareef, Head of Mission, Islamic Relief India while addressing the gathering said, Islamic Relief in collaboration with Centre for Educational research and training realises that there is a need to undertake large scale awareness generation and education initiatives at community level to not only promote responsible utilisation of resources but to overall influence and create responsive consumption and production leading to sustainable environment and leaving behind resources for future generations. Islam has a great tradition and knowledge on sustainable consumption of resources. Numerous Quranic verses and Hadith are dedicated on the uses of resources in a sustainable manner. Allah has made us the custodian of this earth and it’s our responsibility to behave responsibly. Recognising the need for further disseminating the teachings of Islam on sustainability and sustainable consumption IR aims to promote sustainable consumption and production in Muslim communities in India through the following actions, he continued.
IRI and CERT launched Online Course on Sustainable Environment, Sustainable Consumption and Production at Conference Hall, SIO headquarters, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi.
Course details: To start a informative online certificate course in local languages hindi, urdu and English for youth and young Muslim scholars. The course will be designed by Ulemas and technical experts and will focus on educating young scholars in light of Quran and Hadith on environment, sustainable consumption and production and will start in January 2018.
This will help in creating a multiplier effect, when these youths will go and communicate the messages to their respective communities and will become examples of change, Thouseef Madekari (Director, CERT) announced.

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