Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was an environmental pioneer! He led by example showing his followers the importance of caring for animals, protecting the environment and respecting natural resources by not wasting water or over-using land.
MADE wanted to bring back the green in our deen! We wanted to see Muslim institutions – particularly our mosques – at the forefront of the environmental movement, preaching green from the pulpit and demonstrating eco-consciousness in everything they do.
Green Up My Community! was initiated as a pan-European joint campaign with FEMYSO (Federation of Muslim Youth & Student Organisations). After successfully getting 5 Mosques in London to make more eco-friendly pledges in the first year of the campaign, we managed to get a rooftop garden built in the Maryam Centre of the East London Mosque, and are supporting various other Mosques through resources, materials and workshops.
Through tackling issues like fuel poverty, providing free Eco-Audits, and following each Mosque with a support programme, over 30 Mosques signed up to our Green Award scheme during the campaign.
We recruited over 50 Eco-Ambassadors – young people who are passionate to make a change – who took ownership of this campaign within their communities. Each ambassador was provided with training, support and a large network of like-minded activists across London.
Here in the UK, with the support of the City Bridge Trust, we developed a Green Up! Award Scheme for mosques and Islamic groups to support them to commit to environmentally friendly habits from conserving energy and water, to setting up community food growing plots and providing recycling facilities. This year we will be continuing with the Award and supporting institutions who want to become Greener. Find out more about our Green Up Award and how to get involved.
BE A COMMUNITY THAT CALLS FOR WHAT IS GOOD, URGES WHAT IS RIGHT, AND FORBIDS WHAT IS WRONG - QUR’AN 3:104