Today marks the 46th years of Global Earth Day, many environmental movements are held in more than 50 countries to increase awareness about environmental issues such as global warming and pollution. Earth citizens across the globe are working hand in hand to slowly but progressively build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.
Why should we take part?
As human, we have been appointed by Allah as caliphs (successive authority) to manage this world according to His guidelines as addressed in the Holy Qur’an in Surah Al-Baqarah verse 30;
“And [mention, O Muhammad], when your Lord said to the angels, “Indeed, I will make upon the earth a successive authority”. They said, “Will You place upon it one who causes corruption therein and sheds blood, while we declare Your praise and sanctify You?” Allah said, “Indeed, I know that which you do not know.”
In one of the verses of Surah Al-Qasas, Allah has explicitly mentioned on how we as human need to prevent destruction and corruption in the land;
“But seek, through that which Allah has given you, the home of the Hereafter; and [yet], do not forget your share of the world. And do good as Allah has done good to you. And desire not corruption in the land. Indeed, Allah does not like corrupter.”
Thus, by any means, we must take part in the effort of protecting the Earth from corruptions be it by participating in the environmental movement in conjunction with Earth Day, or practicing healthy habits that can help reduce pollution, land corruption and usage of non-renewable natural source such as electricity.
How to save the Earth?
Here are few effective and practical ways to save the environment:
1. Switch off any electrical appliances when not in use – lamps, computers, printers or fan.
2. Unplug device when possible – this reduce usage of ‘phantom energy’ which are used by electrical appliances even when they are switched off.
3. Replace usage of dryer with cloth-line and use washing machine with full load.
4. Conserve clean water by:
Take shorter showers
Use water in cup when brushing teeth
5. Increase usage of reusable items:
Reusable water bottle
Bring your own shopping bag
Food container – reduce usage of polystyrene container
6. Switch to compact fluorescent or LED light bulbs.
7. Plant a tree!
8. Donate reusable items – clothes, container, functioning electrical appliances
So, let today be a reminder for us to play our role in protecting the environment. Our efforts may be small but each and every one of them will be accounted by Allah as our good deeds and our contribution for the well-being of the future generation, insyaAllah.
Happy Earth Day 2016!
1. http://www.wikihow.com/Help-Save- the-Environment