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 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
Tackling Food Insecurity in the United Kingdom
One would think that food insecurity doesn't exist in one of the richest countries in the world - United Kingdom. Deidre (Dee) Woods who currently lives in London sheds light on the stark disparities that exist in the community she serves. As a food and farming action-ist Dee advocates for good food for all and a just, equitable food system, challenging the systemic barriers that impact marginalized communities and food producers. Having experienced food insecurity herself, Dee found a way to organize community to increase food access and eventually co-founded a food bank in London. Through policy action and decolonizing research and farming methods, Dee is committed to helping families struggling economically, often people of color, including immigrants and refugees. Of Trinidadian heritage, Dee talks about how her experiences of growing up on her father's farm in Trinidad made her passionate about food, farming and connecting to the land. In addition to being a food and farming action-ist, Dee is also an award winning cook!Follow Dee Woods:* Twitter: @Didara* Instagram: @osunschild * Facebook: Deirdre WoodsFollow Breaking Green Ceilings:* IG - @breaking_green_ceilings* Website: breakinggreenceilings.com
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 - email@example.com Website - https://grain.org/ Follow Leonida:Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/public/Nana-OdongoTwitter: https://twitter.com/nanodo2001Blog: https://leoconversations715036889.wordpress.com/Email: firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com
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!