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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!

Breaking Green Ceilings Sapna Mulki

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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!

    The Value of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    The Value of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Parker McMullen Bushman is the Vice President of Community Engagement, Education, and Inclusion at Butterfly Pavilion in Denver, Colorado, where she educates the public on invertebrates and their cultural and environmental importance. Bushman is also the founder of EcoInclusion, “an organization committed to creating healthy and diverse organizational and community ecosystems”.
    As a woman of color in working in the environmental sector, Bushman noticed that she was often the only one of her kind in the room and that other white American peers would look to her to lead the charge in diversity. Eventually she was able to find her voice and her place to make a difference, through educating organizations on the importance of inclusivity, and the cultivation of genuine diversity in the environmental movement.
    Diversity and Inclusion
    EcoInclusion provides resources for environmental organizations to diversify their staff and incorporate people of color and their perspectives into the decision making process through inclusion workshops, staff training, and more. Through EcoInclusion, Bushman encourages companies to go beyond the talking phase of diversity implementation and empowers them to make the necessary changes to create real change.
    EarthKween is another inclusivity project with Bushman’s involvement. Kween stands for: Keep Widening the Environmental Engagement Narrative, and pushes for more representation in environmental imagery. By addressing the unconscious bias produced by white-dominant depictions of environmentalists, space opens for other members of society to join in the conversation.
    What Really Changes Perspectives
    Bushman answers this question by presenting some well supported statistics on the changing demographics:

    By the year 2023, the generation of people 18 and younger, is predicted to be 50% people of color.
    By the year 2050, the United States will be over 50% people of color.

    For environmental organizations to stay relevant in the upcoming decades, they must have wider reach and incorporate the voices of the people who will make up the majority of the country in the foreseeable future. With people of color establishing their own grassroots organizations, more inclusive spaces are being cultivated, are impacting more and more communities.
    Other Topics
    We discuss so much with Parker, from why changing the default “nude” setting on things such as make up and band aids away from white tones is important, to the Aztecs and their connections to invertebrates, to how heritage increases an individuals’ perception of something, and so much more. Tune in for an incredibly interesting conversation this week on Breaking Green Ceilings!

    About Parker McMullen Bushman
    Parker McMullen Bushman is the VP of Programs and Interpretation for Butterfly Pavilion. Parker’s background in the education, outdoor recreation and interpretive fields spans over 22 years. Parker’s interest in diversity, equity and inclusion issues developed from her personal experience. Parker has a passion for equity and inclusion in conservation and the outdoors. Her interest in justice, accessibility, and equity issues developed from her personal experiences facing the unequal representation of people of color in nonprofit and environmental organizations. She has a Master of Natural Resources from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, with a focus in Environmental Education and Interpretation.

    * Ecoinclusive (https://www.ecoinclusive.org/)
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    • 59 min
    Ep 53: Fighting for Food Sovereignty in Kenya and Uganda.

    Ep 53: Fighting for Food Sovereignty in Kenya and Uganda.

    In this episode we talk about the implications of free trade on African women especially from a food sovereignty perspective. Often free trade agreements are advertised to boost trade between countries, and ultimately encourage and strengthen economic growth in a geographic region. However, this is not the case, especially with African women farmers and small holder farmers who are the back bone of the agriculture sector on the continent. Susan Nacakwa and Leonida Odongo share their experiences of their work in Uganda and Kenya as it relates to helping empower small holder and women farmers to protect and preserve indigenous farming practices that are less harmful to the environment and ensure sustainable yields over the long term. Ultimately, Susan and Leonida want to help their farmers reclaim land to produce local and organic foods that achieve food and seed sovereignty not only in their home countries but also throughout other African countries struggling with similar threats from unfair government policies and corporate interests. Follow Susan:Email - susan@grain.org Website - https://grain.org/ Follow Leonida:Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/public/Nana-OdongoTwitter: https://twitter.com/nanodo2001Blog: https://leoconversations715036889.wordpress.com/Email: leonida@hakinawiriafrika.org Leonida's Organisation - Haki Nawiri Afrika Website :https://hakinawiriafrika.org/Blog: https://hakinawiriafrica.wordpress.com/blog-2/You Tube : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc1ez4ndJ0IDhqU6gQgBEyQ/aboutEmail: info@hakinawiriafrika.org

    Collaborations in Environmental Justice Movements (Part 2)

    Collaborations in Environmental Justice Movements (Part 2)

    This is the second episode of a two part series with three wonderful changemakers - Laura Diaz, Samrat Pathania from Environmental Collective for Environmental Justice or EC-EJ and Isabel Lopez and Raizes Collective. This is  yet another wonderfully informative and descriptive conversation with phenomenal environmental justice activists on what inspired them to create their own movements and how they are collaborating to help strengthen and empower their communities.
    Topics Discussed:

    * The power of storytelling
    * Decolonizing educational curricula as a critical means to teaching environmental justice
    * The role of humility in environmental justice work
    * The appropriation of environmental justice in academia

    Follow Environmental Collective for Environmental Justice (EC-EJ)

    * Website: https://www.ec-ej.org/
    * Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edcollectiveforEJ/

    Follow Raizes Collective:

    * Website: https://www.raizescollective.org/
    * Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/raizescollective/posts

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    • 39 min
    Collaborations in Environmental Justice Movements (Part 1)

    Collaborations in Environmental Justice Movements (Part 1)

    This is the first episode of a two part series with three wonderful changemakers - Laura Diaz, Samrat Pathania from Environmental Collective for Environmental Justice or EC-EJ and Isabel Lopez and Raizes Collective. This is  yet another wonderfully informative and descriptive conversation with phenomenal environmental justice activists on what inspired them to create their own movements and how they are collaborating to help strengthen and empower their communities.
    Topics Discussed:

    * How to teach Environmental Justice in the classroom
    * How to build stronger communities through artivism
    * Using data to demonstrate environmental racism

    Follow Environmental Collective for Environmental Justice (EC-EJ)

    * Website: https://www.ec-ej.org/
    * Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edcollectiveforEJ/

    Follow Raizes Collective:

    * Website: https://www.raizescollective.org/
    * Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/raizescollective/posts

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    * IG - @breaking_green_ceilings
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    * Website: breakinggreenceilings.com

    • 54 min
    Decolonizing the Flower

    Decolonizing the Flower

    A queer farmer of color, Edgar Xochitl is the Farm Manager at Hummingbird Farm a collective farm in the Excelsior, San Francisco. Edgar focuses on cross-polinating traditional ecological knowledge.
    In this episode we talk about:
     

    * What is Queer Ecology?
    * What does it mean to decolonize the flower?
    * How to apply principles of queer ecology
    * How to challenges the gender binary mindset?

    Follow Edgar:

    * IG - @ecoxicano
    * Twitter: @ecoxicano

    Watch/Learn More:

    * YouTube - Breaking Green Ceilings Podcast
    * IG - @breaking_green_ceilings
    * Website: breakinggreenceilings.com

    • 1 hr 10 min
    EP 50: Incorporating Social Sciences into Conservation

    EP 50: Incorporating Social Sciences into Conservation

    Why is modern conservation failing? And what can we do to improve its effectiveness?
    As a social research consultant,  Leander Lacy notes that traditional approaches are fragmented, not adequately considering the social dimensions of environmental issues. His transformative solutions— rooted in empiricism and critical Human-Nature connectedness, help conservation groups and eco-minded businesses achieve optimal outcomes from conservation action: business growth, stronger community relationships, stakeholder engagement, and increased JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion).

    In this episode we talk about:

    * On the “selfless” nature of Environmental Preservation
    * On applying Social Science perspectives to address topics in Conservation
    * On integrating Human Dimensions to promote sustainability in conservation

    Follow Leander:

    * IG - @greenmindpodcast
    * Website: https://www.thegreenmindpodcast.com/

    Watch/Learn More:

    * YouTube - Breaking Green Ceilings Podcast
    * IG - @breaking_green_ceilings
    * Website: breakinggreenceilings.com

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

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58 Ratings

58 Ratings

gerithemouse ,

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!

Ave_000001 ,

Influential podcast

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!

Team Cool Kid ,

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