Environmental Responsibility

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.

At the Aga Khan Academies, students learn innovative ways to address the climate crisis and better care for the natural world.
At the Aga Khan Academies, students learn innovative ways to address the climate crisis and better care for the natural world.
Nurturing environmentally responsible leaders of tomorrow
Nurturing environmentally responsible leaders of tomorrow
26 June 2021

As the impact of climate change intensifies over time, it is the young people of today who will face the worst consequences. To address this urgent issue, the Aga Khan Academies recently held its inaugural Climate and Environment Conference, featuring students from across the Academies network, along with alumni and prominent guests.

A close-up of Olga Prinku’s dried-flower wall in the exhibition.
A close-up of Olga Prinku’s dried-flower wall in the exhibition.
Interview with Esen Salma Kaya, curator at Aga Khan Centre Gallery
Interview with Esen Salma Kaya, curator at Aga Khan Centre Gallery
24 June 2021

Making Paradise: Exploring the Concept of Eden through Art and Islamic Garden Design is the latest exhibition at the Aga Khan Centre Gallery in London, UK. In this interview, its curator Esen Salma Kaya gives an insight into the multi-sensory show, the diverse artists involved, and planning it “from the heart.”

The film 7 Seas is shot in Sataya Reef, along Egypt’s Red Sea coast, where Prince Hussain spent time swimming with and photographing spinner dolphins, against a backdrop of crystal clear waters.
The film 7 Seas is shot in Sataya Reef, along Egypt’s Red Sea coast, where Prince Hussain spent time swimming with and photographing spinner dolphins, against a backdrop of crystal clear waters.
New films by Prince Hussain released on World Environment Day
New films by Prince Hussain released on World Environment Day
3 June 2021

To coincide with World Environment Day, The Ismaili is pleased to present two short films produced by Prince Hussain, demonstrating the natural beauty of the oceans and the delicate ecosystems they support.

Aga Khan Academy Hyderabad students planned and implemented an organic farm on school grounds during the pandemic.
Aga Khan Academy Hyderabad students planned and implemented an organic farm on school grounds during the pandemic.
Students build organic farm during school closures
Students build organic farm during school closures
3 September 2020

A group of Ismaili students from Afghanistan and Tajikistan made the most of a difficult situation when they were unable to return home from the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad during the Covid-19 pandemic. With the abundance of spare time they were suddenly given, the students planned and implemented an organic farm on the school grounds.

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