Divine Revelation

A blog with an Islamic perspective

The planet earth is under pressure. Global warming and climate change are amongst some of the biggest challenges it faces. There are lots of TV programmes on ecology and I came across a very intriguing term called carbon credits while watching one of them.

Carbon credits are certificates issued to countries that reduce their emission of GHG (greenhouse gases) which causes global warming. One credit is equivalent to one tonne of CO2 emission reduced. Thus we have the developed countries with CC deficit, whereas a developing country like India has one of the highest surplus CC. Carbon credits can be traded in Climate Exchanges.
Interestingly the US has refused to sign the Kyoto protocol, which is a voluntary treaty signed by 141 countries to reduce GHG emission. US refusal is very effectively defended in this article.

Everyone should first realize the importance of preserving and safeguarding the ecology. Man has been sent on this earth by Allah as His Khalifa (vicegerent).
Allah says in the Quran 2:30

Translation: Behold thy Lord said to the angels: "I will create a vicegerent on earth."
Thus it is the duty of man to protect the earth and make sure that the rule of God is established on earth. The Lords prayer in the Bible resonates something similar.

Further suggested reading
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Posted by Arshad on Sunday, July 23, 2006.

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