Children’s workshops in Shadwell Mosque were held this week, to encourage them to get recycling. As part of the programme the children will make posters out of recycled materials on the importance of the environment, after learning how to do their bit to look after their local environment.
Tower Hamlets council has teamed up with the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Science and London Sustainability Exchange to work with local mosques, children’s and women’s groups.
With almost a third of the borough’s community being of Bangladeshi origin, most of whom are Muslim, mosques and other Muslim centres are key locations to spread the recycling message.
London Sustainability Exchange chairman Ram Gidoomal said: “I am delighted that the East London Mosque and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets is championing recycling with us. As one educated in a Muslim school, I know that London’s Muslims have a real contribution to make.”
Special Friday sermons focussing on the importance of recycling and its relation to the Qu’ran at local mosques have helped the council spread the message to about 20,000 members of its Muslim community.