In Mecca, dreams of a ‘green haj’

Pilgrims circumambulating around the Kaaba, the holiest shrine in the Grand Mosque in the holy Saudi city of Mecca. – AFP pic, August 1, 2020.

A SMALLER carbon footprint, less waste and more environmentally friendly – this year’s pilgrimage to Mecca, dramatically scaled down due to coronavirus, has opened up the prospect of a “green haj”.

In addition to being a logistical and security headache, one of the planet’s largest gatherings, which drew some 2.5 million people last year, also typically poses huge environmental challenges.

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