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An Environmentally Friendly Future With Lessons From Muslim Heritage


16th September 2010. 14.00 – 16.00

Venue – MB404 C+D, Aston University

After the Roman Empire, there was an extraordinary blossoming of scientific activity throughout North Africa, Spain and Southern Italy for about 1000 years after 600 CE. FSTC and 1001 Inventions explore some of the fascinating innovations of this period and their relevance to improving our environment hence creating better lives in today’s world and society.

The event includes talks such as the following:

The Sacred and the Sustainable
Mr Martin Palmer – Alliance of Religions & Conservation
The role of sacred places in the protection of biodiversity will be explored along with some of the most sustainable organisations in the world… the major faiths.

Environment, Islam and the future
Sir Crispin Tickell – University of Oxford
Respect for the environment, the conservation of natural resources and species have been central in Islamic philosophy/practice. In keeping with this tradition we need to look beyond present economic problems to more important issues which are often obscured – the health and integrity of the environment that sustains us. Looking back we can look forward with a better understanding of our future.
Sustainability in its Historical Context
Dr Anne-Maria Brennan – London South Bank University
What can the past teach us about sustainability? A series of case studies examine the trial, error and breakthroughs in sustainable development achieved by ancient civilisations. The environmental problems that led to the rise and fall of many great civilisations remain. Lessons learnt from this have potential and realised applications in the 21st Century approaches to sustainability.
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