Breaking Green Ceilings spotlights passionate environmentalists we don’t often hear from or hear enough from including those from underrepresented groups - Disabled, Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous and People of Color. Join eco-nerd, Sapna Mulki, for your weekly installment of Breaking Green Ceilings and learn about the journeys of success, failure, challenges overcome, and aspirations of our eco-warriors. Breaking Green Ceilings features interviews with inspiring environmentalists like Bill Tripp Director of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy at Karuk Tribe Department of Natural Resources, Dr. Ingrid Waldron, author of There's Something in the Water, Isaias Hernandez of QueerBrownVegan, and Dr. Mariaelena Huambachano, a native Peruvian Indigenous scholar, and more!
EP 64: The Power of Indigenous Storytelling (Pt2)
In the second part of a two part series, we will continue talking about The Whale Child, a book written and illustrated by Indigenous authors Keith and Chenoa Egawa. Keith and Chenoa are siblings and enrolled members of the Lummi Indian Nation and of Japanese heritage. This book is a reminder of why we are here, why I am here, and why I am doing this work and this podcast. In the first part of the episode, we hear more about the role of magic in telling the story and about the inspiration for the book. In the second part of the episode, Keith and Chenoa talk about influences, habits, and advices that helped them in their work and life. Magic is a part of life. It is also the potential that we all have that somehow gets limited through conditioning and socialization, especially in modern world. We are able to connect to that magic – if we wish to – through our dreams. It comes from the heart, not the mind. But now, we do not even know what the heart is saying any more. We want you to remember you’re important; this is who you are. You can be what you want to be. But what is your goal? Is it to make money? And, is it to make money at the cost of life? It does not matter if you’re a good engineer; if your job is destructive, you’re destroying the Earth. It is important to bring this reality to our children now and prepare them to what is happening and what is going to happen. Episode Highlights* We have stories about whales and orcas. They’re akin. It is not just some kind of idea of magic, but these are parts of our wisdom and understanding over thousands of years.* If you want to connect with your magic, you have to open something within yourself to remember what is already in you.* We were inspired to write the story because we saw the power of the birth of our nephew, and what happened during that time. * We want all children to remember that they are this precious and this sacred.* And then the environmental message came too, because of where we are now. We thought of all our children and our nieces and nephew, thinking about all of them and wanting to have that hope for them. That’s how the story came about. It came from a dream that my sister had. * There’s a change of jobs that needs to happen. There’s a change in our conciseness that needs to happen. If you’re doing a job, it needs to have some aspects of caring about the Earth, life, and healing. Contact information and other Resources:Keith Egawa is a graduate of the University of Washington’s Creative Writing program and author of the novel Madchild Running. Keith’s extensive work experience in the fields of Child and Family Services and Indian Education Reform has provided him with both inspiration and insight into his subject matter.Chenoa Egawa holds a BA in International Business and Spanish from the University of Washington. In addition to being a writer, Chenoa is an activist for Indigenous communities and the environment, a ceremonial leader, medicine woman, singer, storyteller, and artist dedicated to bringing healing to our Mother Earth and people of all origins. Breaking Green Ceilings:Website: https://www.breakinggreenceilings.com/ (https://www.breakinggreenceilings.com/)Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/breaking_green_ceilings/ (https://www.instagram.com/breaking_green_ceilings/)Follow Keith and Chenoa Egawa: Instagram: The Whale Child (https://www.instagram.com/thewhalechild/)Facebook: The Whale Child (https://www.facebook.com/whalechildbook/)Website:
EP 63: The Power of Indigenous Storytelling (Pt1)
In this first episode of a two-part series, we will be talking about The Whale Child, a book written and illustrated by Indigenous authors Keith and Chenoa Egawa. Keith and Chenoa are siblings and enrolled members of the Lummi Indian Nation, and of ...
EP 62: Moving Resources to Benefit the Dreams of Environmentalists of Color
Grace Anderson (she/her) is a network weaver, strategist, and dreamer working at the intersection of race, healing and the environment. While working in the outdoor and environmental sector, she recognized a lack of people of color in that sp...
EP 61: Bringing Water Equity to America
Dr. Sri has a really interesting story about how he found himself on a path into environmental conservation and eventually water equity after starting as a construction engineer. When I reached out to Sri he was the leader of the water program at the Environmental Policy Innovation Center. Since then, he took a new and exciting opportunity at the Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc., as the Director of Water Equity and Climate Resilience. Over the past several years, Sri’s work has addressed national water issues such as affordability, aging water infrastructure, extreme weather impacts, financing, and non-point source pollution. In this episode, Dr. Sri talks about water equity challenges in the United States.Episode Highlights* In the US, we have almost two million people who do not have access to clean drinking water and indoor plumbing services. The majority of them are indigenous communities and communities of color. * In its simplest form, water equity means that everyone has access to safe, reliable, and affordable water services. But sometimes, what is safe and reliable is not affordable, or what is reliable and affordable is not safe. * There are many forms of water inequity in the US - accidents, contamination with water pollutants, too expensive water for low-income community, or mistrust toward the public service. * Inequities in communities of color include housing issues, capitalistic ways of doing things, some version of private industry, or lobbying. * We try to work with EPA because certain things have to be done at the federal level. * Water infrastructure investments. Smaller systems are more resource restricted, but they are also in most need of these funds. * Six million people in the country do not drink tap water. In many cases these are unjustified fears of mistrust. * There are certain uses for bottle water. But making that a predominant way of consumption is problematic because there is huge difference in the pricing of bottle water per unit of volume compared to tap water. Contact information and other Resources:Dr. Sridhar Vedachalam leads the water program at the Environmental Policy Innovation Center. His work has addressed national water issues such as affordability, aging infrastructure, extreme weather impacts, financing, and non-point source pollution. He currently serves on the advisory board for Water Hub and is a member of the Source Water Initiative led by the Great Lakes Commission and the Water Equity Task Force led by Virginia Health Catalyst. Dr. Vedachalam is also the Editor for Urban Water at the Global Water Forum, a resource for evidence-based, accessible, and open-access articles on freshwater governance. He brings water policy experience from his years in academia, government, and the non-profit sector. He holds a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.Breaking Green Ceilings:Website: https://www.breakinggreenceilings.com/ (https://www.breakinggreenceilings.com/)Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/breaking_green_ceilings/ (https://www.instagram.com/breaking_green_ceilings/)Follow Dr. Sri Vedachlam: Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/drvedachalam (https://mobile.twitter.com/drvedachalam)LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/srivedachalam/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/srivedachalam/)
EP 60: The Power of Faith in Environmentalism (PT2)
This is the second episode of a two-part series with Afnan Khairullah and Sofia Gilani. Afnan and Sofia are volunteers with the Green Muslims organization that works to connect Muslims everywhere to nature and environmental activism. In this episode, Afnan and Sofia continue sharing about the role nature played in their life and how they are using their religion, Islam, to educate and connect fellow Muslims to nature. They also give some good examples of how to live responsibly and be good stewards of this planet. According to them, keeping it simple, especially during the holy month of Ramadan, is the way it is supposed to be. Simple life gives you clarity and a better perspective on what is important in life, and helps you prioritize.Episode Highlights* The way Ramadan is practiced nowadays defeats the purpose. We are supposed to spend all our time in worship, yet many people spend their time in the kitchen cooking for a massive feast, and after that massive feast, there is a massive clean-up. * The environmental toll on that is that there is so much food, and a lot of it ends up going to waste. * Our dinner is our iftar (breakfast). We have maybe one big iftar, and then we have leftovers. * In Green Muslims last year we did a Ramadan challenge where we encouraged our followers to do a different theme each week * Get yourself out there and make room for yourself. Not many environmental spaces are Muslim-heavy. Make yourself heard, and start where you’re comfortable. * Pursue your passion. Learn more about what you want to learn and use it to the best of your ability. * Live simply; forget about the stuff and go for the outdoor experiences and quality time with nature. Contact information and other Resources:Afnan is a New Jersey native who moved to Northern Virginia in 2020 to start a career in the federal government. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies and an MS in Sustainability Science with a concentration in sustainability leadership. Throughout her life, she has been drawn to the outdoors and is happiest hiking, bouldering, or exploring Washington, DC. Time and again Afnan has found herself drawing parallels with faith and eco stewardship, so working with Green Muslims was a natural fit to address environmental stewardship in the Muslim community while also promoting environmental awareness. She hopes that more people will one day share the same affinity for the well-being of the Earth. Sofia Gilani (she/hers) is the Climate Action Advocate for Green Muslims. Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Sofia spent much of her youth outdoors with her family & later traveled to her parent’s home countries of Pakistan and Nicaragua. This travel experience shaped her view of an interconnected world that influenced her passion for environmental and social justice. She holds a BS in Environmental Science from George Mason University where she was involved with the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition and Mason Environmental Justice Alliance (MEJA). During her participation with these two organizations she was a collaborator for events to address activist burnout, conflict resolution discussions, prepare for marches, and organize clean-ups. Sofia has a strong passion for education and advocacy that she utilizes in her work with Green Muslims to help involve the Muslim community in environmental advocacy. Professionally, Sofia has worked in environmental compliance for solid waste, as well as construction. In her spare time outside of work and advocacy, Sofia enjoys kayaking, biking, boxing, and hanging out with her cat.Here's a link to a video that created by Peter Toscano of the Citizens Climate Lobby for the “Religious Communities and the Planetary Crisis” hosted by the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network, the Hartford Seminary,
EP 59: The Power of Faith in Environmentalism (PT1)
In this first episode of a two part series, we will hear from Afnan Khairullah and Sofia Gilani, who are volunteers with Green Muslims. Green Muslims is an organization that works to connect Muslims everywhere to nature and environmental activism. T...
Learning so much
Love this show and the host for inviting guest she is also passionate about leaning from. Thank you for you light.
One of the best parts of my Environmental Studies class
Was assigned to listen to a couple episodes of this podcast for class and it’s been very inspiring, thought provoking and just wholesome to listen to. Thank you so much for sharing these stories with us Sapna!
Sapna and her guests are amazing. This podcast has truly influenced me so much. I graduated undergrad in 2020, and like everyone else trying to start their career/life right now, it’s difficult. I’ve been listening to this podcast since May 2020, and every episode feels like meeting a new role model, and gives me optimism and hope for what‘s possible. This podcast have truly influenced the kind of environmentalist I want to be 💚 I can’t wait for season 2!