Signs on the Earth: faith inspired responses to the climate emergency

Tuesday 12 November 18.00 – 19.30

Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building, Beech Grove Terrace, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT

Leading environmentalist, Fazlun Khalid will talk about what is perhaps the greatest threat humanity faces today, namely climate change. The dangers we face from climate change are well documented and Climate Action Tracker tells us that Morocco is the only country in the world that is on course to achieve the 1.5 degrees Celsius target whilst the rest of the world will be hard put to it to get anywhere near the 2 degrees Celsius limit set by the Paris Agreement.

Fazlun Khalid argues that what has brought us to the edge of disaster is the human proclivity to tamper with the default settings that make nature work aided and abetted by a political economy that promises the good life. The Green Energy Movement, the Divestment Initiative and the push for Sustainable Development are all parts of a package of initiatives put together to stem the global warming tide, but in Fazlun’s opinion, they go no further than tinker with the technicalities. The problem is systemic and political economy the issue. Lifestyle change is now urgently called for if we are to avoid planetary collapse.

Fazlun Khalid will offer his views on this important topic with reference to his recently published book, 'Signs on the Earth – Islam, Modernity and the Climate Crisis.'

There will be a Q&A session, and opportunity for further discussion during refreshments following the talk.

Event held by Muslim Staff Network, University of Leeds
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Venue accessibility Disabled toilet, Hearing induction loop, Step-free access, Wheelchair access
Event categories Conference/seminar/talk/workshop, Dialogue/discussion, Environment/ climate event, Social action or social issues
Important information Please register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/signs-on-the-earth-faith-inspired-responses-to-the-climate-emergency-tickets-74826655541?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

This event is open to all. For further details please contact msn@leeds.ac.uk.