6 Ways to Celebrate a Climate Friendly Ramadan

6 Ways to Celebrate a Climate Friendly Ramadan

by Mohammad Shakirin Bin Shahrul Jamal (MYD15)

SATU: This Ramadan, we should eliminate the use of Styrofoam containers and plastic cutlery to serve iftar (the meal after sundown that breaks the fast). Consider alternatives such as plant-based containers and plastics that are compostable or organize a waste-free iftar, where patrons bring their own containers and cutleries.

Buka Puasa at a local Mosque

Buka Puasa at a local Mosque

DUA: Imported food that reaches our plate has travelled hundreds if not thousands of miles. Try experimenting with local organic produce either at the suhur (the meal before starting the fast) or iftar. Organically grown foods taste better and contain no pesticides, herbicides, preservatives or other additives. Be sure to check that the product is certified by reputable body. Food that is grown locally produces less carbon by curbing energy use related to transportation and refrigeration.

TIGA:  There many ways to reduce your energy consumption throughout Ramadan. Turning the air conditioner on only when you are at home or sleeping will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and your energy bills. Closing open blinds, turning off lights, and using fans to circulate air will also keep your home cool.

EMPAT:  If you have access to a car and plan to drive to the nightly taraweeh (the night prayer offered in Ramadan), try carpooling when possible. Also, if you are within a reasonable distance from the mosque, consider taking advantage of the warm weather to ride your bike or walk to prayers. Carpooling is fine too.

LIMA: Consider making a donation this Ramadan to an environmental cause that resonates with you. Also, try becoming more involved in the governance or policy making process by letting your elected leaders know that environmental issues are an important part of your faith and that you expect them to make it an important part of their platform as well.

ENAM: Recycling conserves our limited natural resources, saves energy, protects our health and the environment, reduces the use of landfills and incinerators and saves money. When it comes to food, especially for Eid Ul Fitr snack, we can try to serve local organic fruits, instead of imported factory manufactured cookies, chocolates and the like. No need packet drinks, thus reducing waste.

 

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