For the Muslim faithfuls, Ramadan is an important and holy month. It is an opportunity to draw closer to Allah through increased prayer, meditation and charity. As with the call to serve, Muslims are also called by the prophet (SWT) and ultimately Allah to protect the planet.
With the imploding climate crisis, the need to care for the planet as much as we care for ourselves, the need to protect the planet, has never been this immense. And here are 5 simple ways to contribute to protecting the planet this Ramadan.
1. REDUCE WASTE, SAVE MORE
Reduce unnecessary consumption and try to buy only what you need and not what you think you need. Every product needs a ton of resources to be made, when you waste this product, you also waste all the resources used in making it. Have a budget while going shopping and stick to it, compost food scraps , reheat leftovers from iftar and save money while doing so.
2. CUT DOWN ON YOUR PLASTIC CONSUMPTION
It is estimated that every year 8 million metric tons of plastics end up in our oceans. Scientists also estimate that by 2050, there’ll be more plastics in the oceans than there are fish. It would be so bad that we would be eating fish with plastics. To reduce your contribution to this plastic menace, try to take your shopping bags to the market/store to avoid single-use plastic bags, switch to plastic-free alternatives for food and drinks if you can and use reusable water bottles instead of water sachets or disposable plastic bottles.
3. BUY MORE LOCAL PRODUCE
Buying less imported/transported foods and relying on local farmers’ produce or foods in season would help to reduce your carbon footprint. Moreover, you would be helping the local economy by shopping local.
4. REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION
During Ramadan, it is often a time of long hours awake and little sleep. From getting up early for Sahur to sometimes spending hours at night from Magrib to Fajr. Reduce screen time as much as you can, put off TVs, computers and other electrical devices when not in use. Reduce energy consumption and save on tour electricity bills.
During this Ramadan in fulfilling Allah’s word for protecting the environment, sorting your trash would be another great way to start. By sorting your trash it makes it easier for recycling companies to recycle your waste and reduce waste piles at landfills. When you sort your trash and separate your recyclables which could include cardboard, carton boxes, glass, old newspapers and magazines and plastic bottles, you are one step away from having a perfect recycling journey. Your recyclables could be dropped at the nearest recycling pick up point or call Ecobarter to pick them up.
By doing these easy things and sharing with your friends this Ramadan, you can make a difference and reduce environmental degradation and solidly contribute to protecting the planet as Allah wishes.
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Drafted by Joan Bisho