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Al-Azhar and Ministry of Environment launch “Our Climate, Our Life” initiative

Environment Minister Yasmin Fouad said Al-Azhar was at the forefront of institutions that showed support for Egypt’s hosting of the upcoming COP27 climate conference and contributed ideas and constructive visions.

Fouad hailed the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar’s address to the Vatican on climate, which reflects the pioneering model that Egypt will provide to the world by hosting the largest multilateral international conference that touches on an issue vital to the continuation of the world. humanity, and works to make future generations aware of and able to cope with the effects of climate change.

The minister’s statement comes as an initiative, titled “Our Climate Our Life”, was announced on Monday under the patronage of the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayeb and the Minister of the Environment, as part of the country’s preparations to host COP27.

The initiative was launched in the presence of Mohamed Al-Dawaini, the undersecretary of Al-Azhar; Nazir Mohamed Ayad, Secretary General of the Islamic Research Complex; and Salama Dawood, the president of Al-Azhar University.

Ms. Fouad pointed out that her ministry had launched a media campaign under the title “Retour nature à la nature”, to raise awareness of the need to remedy the imbalance in the environment.

As for the new initiative, the Minister said that it will be comprehensive, integrated and innovative. She explained that this will integrate climate change issues and Islamic Sharia.

The initiative will be based on campaigns on social networks and awareness-raising convoys, which highlight the image of the “New Republic”, which is based on the solidarity of all layers of the nation, and goes beyond beyond the climate conference.

The initiative includes weekly convoys for a year, monthly awareness campaigns, 24 workshops and a training session for 100 preachers on climate change awareness, in cooperation with the Al-Azhar Center for Forensic Astronomy and space science. These preachers will make field visits to climate research centers, and a global competition will be held to present a legal view of climate research and a specialized edition of the Islamic Climate Research Academy.

Al-Dawaini said that the initiative emerges from the religious and national duty of Al-Azhar, expressing his hope for the success of this initiative and that it will be a serious step on the road to climate awareness.

He pointed out that the unprecedented scientific and technological renaissance the world is currently witnessing in various fields has had both positive and negative impacts on mankind, turning man into a consumer.

Al-Dawaini pointed out that the West has understood this, because the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has given the world a clear deadline to avoid catastrophe, because by 2030, emissions of greenhouse gases must be reduced in order not to cause climate catastrophe. it is difficult to prevent.

He noted that Al-Azhar welcomed the conclusion of a cooperation protocol with the Ministry of Environment last July to strengthen joint cooperation in the field of environmental awareness at the scale. national.

Al-Azhar prepared an integrated education and training plan, where various sectors of Al-Azhar would participate in its implementation.

Al-Dawaini explained that the initiative is part of the National Strategy for Climate Change 2050 and the cooperation protocol between Al-Azhar and the Ministry of Environment.