COMMENTARY: RELIGIOUS ENVIRONMENTALISM
There are few easier ways to fish-in the (very) short run, of course-than using dynamite. However the long-term results-depletion of fish stocks, destruction of the sheltering coral reef-made the government of Tanzania forbid the practice. But local fisherman continued dynamiting, ignoring government pamphlets, stringent laws and advice from western ecologists. What finally led them to stop and undertake plans for long-term sustainable fishing practices was the Koran. In 2000, local sheiks were brought together by the U.K.-based Alliance for Religions and Conservation, the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Science, the World Wildlife Fund and CARE. The sheiks ruled that exploding ecosystems violated Koranic injunctions against wasting God’s creation-and the dynamiting days were over.