Originally posted by salams
This article covers Islam and the environment using citations from the Quran and hadith literature, and modern science/economics. (It is a also a chapter in the recent, "Best Book" on Islam with material from several authors, including Jamal Badawi, Jerald Dirks, Zakir Naik and F. Kamal.)
One can read the article on at the book website:
http://www.easily-understand-islam.com/articles/islam-environment.htm - Islam and the Environment chapter (Excerpt from the book "Easily Understand Islam".)
P.S. This book is also available here at islamicity (e.g. the bazaar) if anyone is interested in getting it.
Although your post is well intended, I believe this demands a bit of criticism.
1) None of the above names have any qualifications in the realm of science, in fact I am familiar with most of the names and they do not qualify as "Islamic Scholars". If we appeal to authority, we should be careful to follow the teacings of those who are actually qualified to teach a specific area.
2) I read the excerpt, and have some problems with it. It really does a job with the fallacy of equivocation.
a) Islam supports environmentalism (using vague quotes from sources that are left unsubstantiated by the author to prove their relevance to the context of what is being argued)
b) "cap and trade" is a tool to aid in saving the environment
Islam supports cap and trade.
As Muslims, one should be careful to interject political ideologues into their faith. The excerpt, if an example of the totality of the book, fails to show that "environmentalism" is supported by Islam. And for the authors to make such a claim with such a poor argument is dangerous.
Keep in mind that respecting the environment is far different than the half baked, crazy ideas that are declared in the modern day movement.
A feeling of discouragement when you slip up is a sure sign that you put your faith in deeds. -Ibn 'Ata'llah