In early March, just days after the Kingdom of Morocco announced plans for a landmark environmental charter called «the first commitment of its kind in Africa and the Arab world», Mohamed Attaoui was sentenced to two years in prison in the Atlas mountains. His crime? Speaking out against illegal logging of shrinking cedar forests and corruption among the ranks of the forest service and local government officials.
Politicians and high-powered clerics in the Muslim world often seem to be more concerned with the preservation of social mores than the deserts, peaks and wetlands they lord over. Yet consider the words the prophet Muhammad is said to have taught: «The world is green and beautiful, and Allah has appointed you his guardian over it.»
While other major religions, such as evangelical Christianity, are beginning to find a place for an environmental ethic in their people-centric preachings, the political turbulence of the Muslim world threatens the longevity of their spectacular ecosystems, from Iraq’s marshlands to the rainforests of Sulawesi.… Seguir leyendo »