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 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...
EP 57: Nadia Ahmad International Law & Climate Justice
Nadia Ahmad is an author, attorney, law professor, and environmental justice advocate. She has spent her academic career focusing on frontline communities who are the most vulnerable to energy production.She is a Visiting Associate Professor at Yale Law School and an Associate Professor at Barry University School of Law. She teaches environmental law, property, and business organizations. She has presented her research on the law and policy of advanced biofuels in Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Cambridge, Doha, Denver, New York, and San Francisco. Her over 45 scholarly publications focus on the intersections of energy siting, the environment, and sustainable development and draw on international investment law and corporate social responsibility.Three Exploredt: * Third World vs First World* frontline communities are vulnerable to energy production* climate cages* environmental justice activismBest advice: don't listen to anyone. (meaning if someone has something negative to say to deter you away from doing something you love don't listen to them and do it anyway) Connect with Nadia Ahmad: Website: https://nadiaahmad.org/ (https://nadiaahmad.org/)Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nadiabahmad (https://www.linkedin.com/in/nadiabahmad)Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profnadiaahmad (https://www.facebook.com/profnadiaahmad)Twitter: https://twitter.com/NadiaBAhmad (https://twitter.com/NadiaBAhmad)Additional resources: https://youtu.be/QP39lio396s (https://youtu.be/QP39lio396s)https://law.yale.edu/nadia-b-ahmad (https://law.yale.edu/nadia-b-ahmad)http://www2.law.mercer.edu/elaw/ahmad.html (http://www2.law.mercer.edu/elaw/ahmad.html)https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=fm22ArEAAAAJ&hl=en (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=fm22ArEAAAAJ&hl=en)
Inviting More Black Folks to the Outdoors
Earl B. Hunter, Jr is an unapologetic business owner of an outdoor recreational and marketing company that is committed to get more Black folks out in nature, and encourage white allies to extend invites on their outdoor excursions. Earl worked in the RV (recreational vehicle) industry as an executive for many years until he realized how people of color and particularly Black folks are rarely to be seen purchasing recreational equipment or even enjoying outdoor spaces like parks. So, he took matters into his own hands and he created Black Folks Camp Too, which is based on one simple slogan, “Treat Everyone Everywhere Equally”. This is depicted in the Black Folks Camp Too Unity Blaze.Follow EarlIG:@blackfolkscamptooFacebook: @blackfolkscamptooYouTube: @Black Folks Camp TooWebsite: blackfolkscamptoo.comFollow Breaking Green CeilingsIG - @breaking_green_ceilings
Bringing Back Bats From the Brink of Extinction
Ecologist Dr. Rodrigo Medellín is one of the most vocal and well-known advocates for the protection of bats and bat habitats. Rodrigo fell in love with bats when he held one for the first time at the age of 13 and today he is known as the “Bat Man of Mexico”.He is especially known for making significant contributions to taking the lesser long-nosed bat off the endangered list in Mexico and the U.S. The lesser long-nosed bat, found in northern Mexico and the southwestern United States, is one of just three bat species in North America that are responsible for pollinating cacti and agave plants across the continent. Follow Rodrigo* IG:@batmanmedellin* YouTube: @Rodrigo Medellin* Researchgate: Dr. Rodrigo MedellinFollow Breaking Green Ceilings* IG - @breaking_green_ceilings
Running for Social and Environmental Justice
Rocio Villalobos is from Austin, Texas. She's an avid trail runner who promotes mental health, having experienced her own challenges and finding a place to belong in nature. She runs to promote Indigenous values around running to heal the soul and healing one's relationship to the land and to raise awareness on the importance of increasing racial representation in the outdoors. She is also a mentor who helps connect young people to nature and themselves. In addition, she is also an environmental and social justice activist who is fighting to promote a healthy community in her East Austin neighborhood which is predominantly Latinx and a Black community and has experienced environmental injustices. Last but not least, she is currently working with the City of Austin's equity office as an immigrant affairs coordinator. Connect with Rocio* IG: @thexicanaexplorer* Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rociodelrosario (https://www.linkedin.com/in/rociodelrosario)Follow Breaking Green Ceilings* IG - @breaking_green_ceilings
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!