Environmental Responsibility

Since the climate is changing more rapidly in mountainous areas than elsewhere, those living here are especially vulnerable.
Since the climate is changing more rapidly in mountainous areas than elsewhere, those living here are especially vulnerable.
Mitigating risk in the high mountains
Mitigating risk in the high mountains
4 June 2022

Elders of communities in the Tian-Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan recall stories of the Great Urkun in 1916 when Kyrgyz locals fled their homes during a Tsarist invasion. Desperate to save their families, some parents tied their children to horses. These horses brought the children to safety, carrying them across mountains alone for days.

The concept of environmental stewardship is well-embedded in the ethics of Islam.
The concept of environmental stewardship is well-embedded in the ethics of Islam.
Only one earth: Remembering what endures
Only one earth: Remembering what endures
2 June 2022

In 7th century Arabia, the military general Malik al-Ashtar received a letter from Hazrat Ali. In the letter, Hazrat Ali appointed al-Ashar to be the governor of Egypt, and advised him how to treat the land and its people with fairness and justice.

The theme for World Health Day in 2022 is “our planet, our health.”
The theme for World Health Day in 2022 is “our planet, our health.”
Our planet, our health
Our planet, our health
6 April 2022

Our health depends on the planet, and right now the planet’s health depends on us.

Farmers markets and local stores are good places to source produce that hasn’t been packaged, refrigerated, or transported.
Farmers markets and local stores are good places to source produce that hasn’t been packaged, refrigerated, or transported.
Five affordable ways to live more sustainably
Five affordable ways to live more sustainably
10 March 2022

Many of us wonder how we might better care for our planet. The good news is there are many ways to do this, some of which have the added benefit of saving money along the way! Here are five tips to get started.

Renewable energy independence can be successfully achieved through the installation of off-grid solar systems.
Renewable energy independence can be successfully achieved through the installation of off-grid solar systems.
What is net-zero carbon?
What is net-zero carbon?
22 November 2021

The Aga Khan Development Network’s agencies have committed to be net-zero carbon by 2030. But what exactly does this mean, and why is it important?

The Aga Hall Estate development aims to improve the quality of life of residents with green and inclusive design.
The Aga Hall Estate development aims to improve the quality of life of residents with green and inclusive design.
Aga Hall Estate in Mumbai earns green building certification
Aga Hall Estate in Mumbai earns green building certification
16 November 2021

The IFC EDGE Advanced Certification was awarded to the Aga Hall Estate, an upcoming residential high-rise development project, centrally located on the historic site of the family residence of Mawlana Hasan Ali Shah in Mumbai, India.

The temperature in the mountains of Central Asia is rising three times faster than the global average, causing a complex chain of negative effects for millions of people, and wildlife such as Himalayan brown bears.
The temperature in the mountains of Central Asia is rising three times faster than the global average, causing a complex chain of negative effects for millions of people, and wildlife such as Himalayan brown bears.
Working across borders to save our common home
Working across borders to save our common home
5 November 2021

The Ismaili is pleased to present Voices from the Roof of the World, a ten-episode TV series aiming to amplify the voices of those who bear the greatest burden of climate change.

While the threat of climate change has steadily increased over the past 3 decades, the Islamic notion of caring for our environment is centuries-old.
While the threat of climate change has steadily increased over the past 3 decades, the Islamic notion of caring for our environment is centuries-old.
Existing in harmony with our world
Existing in harmony with our world
3 November 2021

This week, at the opening events of COP26, the sense of urgency is palpable. Over the coming days, The Ismaili will share environmental content to coincide with the climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, where world leaders, campaigners, and NGOs have gathered to discuss the most pressing issue of our time.

We are entering a new era focused on maintaining a delicate balance between the environment and its inhabitants.
We are entering a new era focused on maintaining a delicate balance between the environment and its inhabitants.
Earthshot Prize winners offer inspiration to all
Earthshot Prize winners offer inspiration to all
18 October 2021

This month, the Earthshot Prize was awarded to five winners for their ground-breaking solutions to the greatest environmental challenges facing our planet. The award, considered to be the most prestigious global environment prize in history, was launched last year by Prince William with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) as a Founding Partner.

Sustainable food production aims to meet growing demand
Sustainable food production aims to meet growing demand
1 August 2021

Agriculture is one of the world's largest industries. For years it has been pivotal in alleviating poverty, improving incomes, and providing food security for the marginalised in society. With the world’s population multiplying, the demand for agricultural commodities has risen tremendously in the past few decades.

Through the ‘Darakht se Hayat’ initiative, members of the Jamat worked with community partners to plant over 162,000 trees across Pakistan.
Through the ‘Darakht se Hayat’ initiative, members of the Jamat worked with community partners to plant over 162,000 trees across Pakistan.
Environmental sustainability: Restoring the natural world
Environmental sustainability: Restoring the natural world
29 July 2021

In a recent poem by Jordan Sanchez, Reimagine, Recreate, Restore, she reminds us, “We are a fraction of a second in Earth’s lifetime, yet she is our only lifeline.” In an effort to align with this thinking, Ismaili youth, governmental and civil society institutions, and AKDN agencies in Pakistan are working hand-in-hand to reimagine our lifestyles, recreate our approaches, and restore our ecosystems.

As the home of some of the world's most endangered species, it is essential to protect Africa’s wildlife from further decline.
As the home of some of the world's most endangered species, it is essential to protect Africa’s wildlife from further decline.
Giving nature a voice
Giving nature a voice
28 June 2021

Mawlana Hazar Imam has often spoken of the importance of caring for the environment. In Ottawa in 2013, he said, “Our faith constantly reminds us to observe and be thankful for the beauty of the world and the universe around us, and our responsibility and obligation, as good stewards of God’s creation, to leave the world in a better condition than we found it.” Young people today are shouldering this responsibility, and raising awareness of environmental issues, including through the medium of film.

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