Ethnic minorities and the environment

The Society Guardian, a supplement to the London Guardian, yesterday published two features on ethnic minority participation, and specifically Muslim participation, in environmental campaigns and in rural activities. Cause for all cultures explores why ethnic minorities are so under-represented in such campaigns; the possible answers obviously include the predominanly urban setting in which most non-white people live in the UK which leads them to be more interested in urban regeneration rather than “green” issues. It does mention unfamiliarity and the fear some people might have of being attacked, but the real issue of racism in the countryside ([1], [2], [3]) isn’t mentioned. The greening of Islam is, as you might expect, about Muslim involvement and Muslim environmental campaign groups, including a protest in London by Bengalis to draw attention to the effect of rising sea levels “back home”.

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  • Scott

    Say masha allah!

  • Muzammal

    Thanks for drawing attention to these articles. As the individual who coordinated and participated in the stunt highlighting rising sea-levels in Bangladesh due to climate change, just to point out that this wasn’t about an issue “back home” as mentioned in your blog. There were four people involved in the stunt, the picture of which may still be on http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LINEnotices/ Two of us (including myself) are Pakistani, just one is Bengali and the fourth is a South African. One of the main motives for ths stunt, which wasn’t captured in the Guardian article, excellent though it was, was to point out (especially to Muslims!) the imortance given to environmental issues by Islamic teachings. Just thought that was worth clarfiying! Thanks again Muzammal Hussain