Can “green Islam” save Indonesia from climate collapse?

By Enno Hinz
July 11, 2022

Calls for an environmentally-conscious form of Islam are growing in Indonesia, as climate change poses enormous ecological challenges for the country. Experts say it could change society's approach to climate efforts.

Following the publication of an alarming report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Indonesia is once again at the centre of the global climate debate. As the world's largest exporter of coal and palm oil, the country has a major impact on the global climate crisis.

Yet the island state itself is increasingly affected by extreme weather events. In 2019, a severe drought led to widespread forest fires. In 2020, the country experienced massive flooding due to the heaviest rainfall in decades.

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