KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Greed and ignorance are among the reasons which could have fuelled environment disasters leading to human casualties, such as the recent landslide tragedy in the Cameron Highlands, noted an expert.
University Malaya’s Science and Technology Department Professor Datin Dr Azizan Baharuddin said Malaysia had experienced at least 15 to 20 major landslides between 1961 and this year.
The Cameron Highlands, she said, was identified as one of the most prone to landslides.
Citing the Brundtland Report 1987 scientific studies, Azizan said the report had repeatedly shown that one of the inevitable and major climate changes was due to extreme environmental exploitation and degradation.
“The report also states that all the landslides that destroyed lives and property, point to deforestation due to uncontained development of hill slopes as the major cause of catastrophes,” she said.
Azizan said this when presenting her paper entitled ‘Science for Sustainable Development: Some Ideas or Concepts and Definitions from Islamic Perspective’ at the International Seminar Science for Sustainable Development: Islamic Perspective’ yesterday.
The two-day seminar which began yesterday, was organised by the Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (Ikim).
Azizan, who is also Ikim deputy director-general, said religion played a major role in enabling the world’s communities and individuals to change their perception and take the necessary action to address the problems and issues of climate change.
“Besides the understanding of the causes of environmental crises, I believe religion’s pivotal role is important to ensure environmental and human justice,” she added.