Istanbul is symbolic of so many developments in the history of civilisation over the last 1700 years, straddling the continents of Europe and Asia. Two years ago I attended Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership training in the city during the, now themselves historic, protests against the urbanisation plans for Gezi Park near Taksim Square.

Although this next visit is very much expected to be a peaceful one, it should be no less historic as leaders from across the Muslim world are converging to attend the 1st Islamic Declaration on Climate Change.

2015 is a poster year for climate change action around the world. The warnings from scientists could not be clearer: act now or face consequences across the world that will be perilous for all life on Earth. This is not problem that can be cured by just science or just politics or any amount of money. It is a problem that requires the support of everyone who can give it.

All the main faiths combined represent over half the global population. There have been loud pronouncements ahead of the UN climate talks in Paris later this year (COP21) from many faith leaders. This meeting in Istanbul provides an opportunity for the climate change message coming from Islamic leaders to engage, not only the worldwide Islamic community, but also the politicians that need to know that we are all united as one voice around the world in calling for serious action on climate change.

It is critical that all peoples are represented when it comes to making the case for action for sustainability and resilience in the face severe climate change. I am very much looking forward to attending the conference and will be interviewing some of the key people present.

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