Protecting the environment: Muslims going GREEN

Posted on September 18, 2007


By Anayat Durrani, Contributing WriterSouthern California Infocus, September 2007  TORRANCE, Calif. – Every morning, Wasi Ahmed Yousaf, 37, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., puts on his sneakers and helmet and commutes to work on his bicycle.

Yousaf ditched his car two months ago in favor of a more eco-friendly mode of transportation.

Across the nation, Americans are replacing their gas-guzzling SUVs for fuel-efficient hybrids, recycling, conserving water, saving energy and making other lifestyle changes to help the environment.

Going green can improve your health and standard of living, save you money and ensure that you are helping reverse rather than contribute to environmental decline,” said Zoë Chafe of the Worldwatch Institute, an environmental research organization that p! rovides information on how to build a sustainable society.

Environmentally-sustainable living, more popularly known as “going green,” means being a conscious consumer in all aspects of daily life, including transportation, energy, food and shelter.

Yousaf, a practicing Muslim, embraced the green lifestyle after watching several solutions-focused messages during the Live Earth series of worldwide concerts on July 7. Live Earth started a multi-year campaign to fight climate change and promote environmentally-sustainable living. (MORE)