Leiden Islam Blog

Dossier: Climate change

  • The reality of climate change

    The reality of climate change

    Many Dutch politicians still consider climate change a long-term issue, but obviously it has become a here and now reality. To become ecologically minded involves putting the environment first and ourselves second – accepting our place in nature.
  • Disaster Relief Funds

    Disaster Relief Funds

    On Thursday 30 June 2016 I will defend my Phd thesis on the subject ‘Disaster Relief Funds’. I have studied Dutch disaster relief funds, such as those established after the fireworks disaster in Enschede, from the perspective of liability law.
  • How to stop exploiting and destroying landscapes

    How to stop exploiting and destroying landscapes

    Dutch minister Kamp has again decided in favour of gas exploitation, whilst Europe was hit by unprecedented heavy rainfall, leading to immense destruction. The link between these issues is our ongoing disrespect for the landscape. What can we do?
  • Go, climate change children

    Go, climate change children

    Since Friday 13 November 2015, la Marseillaise has been sung with a new élan. At the climate change conference in Paris, it may even gain a new meaning, in the combat against climate change.
  • Respecting the Rights of Mother Earth

    Respecting the Rights of Mother Earth

    While various problems threaten us these days, we might forget that the worldwide ecological issue remains. It is only by taking the Rights of Mother Earth seriously that this problem can be structurally solved.
  • Climate ‘non-refugees’ in search of protection

    Climate ‘non-refugees’ in search of protection

    In the face of rising sea levels, the inhabitants of Kiribati and Tuvalu consider future migration whilst fiercely rejecting the notion of being ‘refugees’. With their countries possibly becoming extinct in the foreseeable future, the question arises why?
  • Combatting climate change in court

    Combatting climate change in court

    In what appears to be a global novelty, a Dutch court has been demanded to issue an order for the State to effectively reduce CO2 emission levels in the combat against climate change.
  • Aviation and Climate Change, all Talk and no Action?

    Aviation and Climate Change, all Talk and no Action?

    The impact of international aviation on climate change is a topical issue. Despite appearances, the last resolution of the Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organisation on this subject may be seen as a clear defeat for the European Union.
  • Exploiting shale gas: a risky gamble

    Exploiting shale gas: a risky gamble

    The Dutch Minister for Economic Affairs publicly stated in August that he – contrary to many protests – is in favour of this exploitation. His economic short-term thinking seems ignorant of the real scope of the risks involved.