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Muslim Aid calls for a radical change in lifestyle to combat climate change

Marking this year’s Climate Week from 12 to 18 March 2012, Muslim Aid has called for a radical change in our insatiable lifestyles built around exhibitionism, excessive demand and an unforgiving level of wastage; all in order to combat the challenge posed by climate change to future generations.

A Muslim Aid spokesperson highlighted the importance of promoting climate consciousness whilst stating that “caring for our environment is imminent in protecting future generations from the adverse effects of climate change. Unless we bring a change in our profligate lifestyles and stop misusing natural resources, the world will not be able to reduce the rising tide of natural calamities ranging from erratic cold spells, heat waves and droughts to floods, hurricanes and tsunamis. Muslim Aid is working hard to provide disaster risk reduction training in many countries, ensuring that when these calamities strike, the local people are well equipped to deal with them.”

In addition to providing education and training in the developing world, Muslim Aid has been instrumental in generating awareness about the negative consequences of climate change as well as motivating people to adopt innovative ways of preventing it. On the eve of World Environment Day on 5 June 2011, Muslim Aid organised workshops for children from its Rainbow Family programme in Pakistan to educate them on the climate change effects and the value of building a sustainable future. In Indonesia, Muslim Aid launched a tree planting campaign in Lamroh in early 2011 to make people aware about the role trees play in preventing floods. In Padang, training about climate change was offered to school teachers. Similarly, in the Khulna district of Bangladesh, Muslim Aid implemented a programme for community based adaptation to climate change in the coastal regions. The project also included tree plantation for flood prevention.

Note to Editors: - Muslim Aid is a relief and development agency set up in the United Kingdom in 1985 to provide humanitarian assistance to disaster affected countries and to help poor and vulnerable communities overcome poverty. Over the last 26 years, Muslim Aid has delivered services in over 70 countries worldwide. Muslim Aid works with all communities irrespective of faith, ethnic origin or political system. Muslim Aid programmes include emergency relief, capacity building through water, sanitation and health programmes, education and skills training, micro-finance and income generation and orphan care. As well as giving practical assistance, Muslim Aid tackles poverty by developing sustainable solutions, advocating for a more just and sustainable future.

- For further information about the work of Muslim Aid and its overseas field offices, please visit Muslim Aid website at www.muslimaid.org to tune in to Muslim Aid TV or go to our Twitter Account Muslim_Aid or contact Inlia Aziz on +44 0207 377 4200;  

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- Climate Week is a UK based national campaign that strives to create greater awareness about climate change and inspires people to get involved in positive activities aimed at a more climate friendly lifestyle. Climate change refers to human induced changes in the climate system, especially by the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. During this week, the campaign includes several events, organised by various organisations and individuals, focusing on the effects of climate change.

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