NEW DELHI: The League of Islamic Universities will launch environmental courses on the campuses of its member institutions, following a summit on climate action held in India earlier this week.
Based in Cairo, Egypt, the league is an association representing Islamic universities around the world.
Its members, including 200 universities from 60 countries, gathered at Jamia Markaz, an Islamic university in Kozhikode, Kerala, for the International Climate Action Summit on October 17-20.
The event was inaugurated by the league’s secretary-general, Dr. Osama Al-Abed, who urged global stakeholders to use new strategies in addressing climate issues, as the world “faces challenges that are structurally different from those of the past.
“Even a minor variation in the ecosystem in a remote village can have a huge global impact. Human populations across the globe are now entangled with one another in unprecedented ways,” he said.
“This calls for policy makers and governments to take more international approaches to issues like climate change and come up with global solutions even for local problems.”
The summit concluded with a joint declaration for climate action, which commits league members to include environmental science in their curricula and allocate resources to research on confronting climate change issues.
“We thought that the real community that needs to work on climate change is the students. In every country, if universities take a course on climate, then the next generation would work on climate change,” Jamia Markaz Rector Dr. Abdul Hakeem Al-Kandi told Arab News on Friday.
“Students, who are the future leaders, when they become aware of climate change, (they) will have an impact on the whole world.”
Al-Kandi added that a center dedicated to environmental studies would be established by the league in Calicut, India.
“This would be part of the League of Islamic Universities,” he said.
“Anyone can come and study here.”
Markaz College of Law doctor and director Dr. C. Abdul Samad, who coordinated the summit, said the idea behind the university league’s action is to mobilize community members from different societies and make them stakeholders in environmental protection.
“The introduction of environmental science courses in universities is important because young leaders need to be educated to think about nature and climate change and its impacts,” he said.
“It is the new generation that can preserve the diversity of nature and respect the environment. The whole idea is to save the planet for the future.”
Saudi environmentalist Ahmed Sabban, who took part in the summit, also emphasized the urgency of climate action dedicated to the younger generation.
“Let’s start teaching environmental science courses to young graduates, because universities are places where research and development, and professors and students, will come up with solutions faster than other organizations,” he told Arab News, adding that so of courses are already underway. in Saudi universities.
“Educational institutions are bodies that will come up with solutions. That’s why it’s important for the new generation to understand and start helping and thinking about this problem.”