Behold your Lord said to the angels: “I will create a vicegerent on earth.” [Quran 2:30]

Humanity’s role as vicegerent or khalifullah involves responsibility for all the creation of Allah.

The 2015 Islamic Declaration on Climate Change, appealed to “all Muslims,” to live up to their responsibility as “stewards of the Earth.” [Project Syndicate, 22 September 2015]

The executive director of Green Muslims went further this Ramadan, saying:  “… we’re not fully practicing our religion unless we’re making a concerted effort to care for the Earth.” [Yale Climate Connections, 4 April 2022]

Some Muslims avoid the whole issue of climate change because of the political fights around the issue. That is no excuse.

According to the world’s climate scientists, mankind is facing a crisis.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that a major political effort is required if the target of restricting warming to 1.5°C is to be met.

“Coal use must drop 95 per cent by 2050 on 2019 levels, oil by 60 per cent and gas 45 per cent to meet the 1.5°C goal… “

There are signs of progress despite the power of the fossil fuel lobby.

“At least 18 countries have managed continued emissions cuts for more than a decade. The costs of key technologies for decarbonisation plummeted between 2010 and 2019: unit costs for solar energy fell by 85 per cent, wind energy by 55 per cent and lithium-ion batteries used in electric cars and energy storage by 85 per cent.” [New Scientist, 4 April 2022]

But the threat is real.

In the Arctic rapidly thawing permafrost  “has the potential to release radioactive waste from cold war nuclear submarines and reactors, antibiotic resistant bacteria and potentially undiscovered viruses… “

Russian nuclear tests released some 265 megatons of nuclear energy in the area, along with 100 scuttled nuclear submarines.

This is combined with the United States’ Camp Century nuclear-powered under-ice research facility in Greenland, decommissioned in 1967 and the Thule bomber crash which dispersed plutonium on the Greenland ice sheet.

“It [the Arctic]  has long been a deep-freezer for a range of harmful things, not just greenhouse gases. We need to understand more about the fate of these harmful microbes and pollutants and nuclear materials to properly understand the threats they may pose.  [Dr Arwyn Edwards Aberystwyth University, 30 September 2021]

The Office of National Assessments (ONA) in its report on  “Fossil Fuels and the Greenhouse Effect,” 40 years ago, was most concerned about “the potential for the country’s coal exports to be affected.” [Guardian, 28 November 2021]

Such concerns still dominate government thinking.

According to the annual analysis of the Australia Institute state and federal hand-outs to coal and gas multinationals cost the public $11.6b in 2021-22 or $22k per minute. [Michael West, 28 March 2022]

Dr Helan Camakarisis of the University of Melbourne maintains that Australia is likely to be one of the worst affected regions of the world.

As the main obstacles to action are political, climate change responses must be removed from that sphere.

This is how we deal with monetary policy, with the Reserve Bank of Australia.

It is also how much of the covid pandemic was handled, allowing the chief medical officers in most states to call the shots.

“One possible strategy involves promising a council for the future as part of an election platform.” [Independent Australia, 16 April 2022 ]

That such a suggestion needs to be made is a serious reflection upon the legitimacy of our political and media environment.