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Voices and conversations on Earth connection; environmental issues; climate action & sustainable solutions through an Islamic worldview. New podcast every other Jumah (Friday).

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Voices and conversations on Earth connection; environmental issues; climate action & sustainable solutions through an Islamic worldview. New podcast every other Jumah (Friday).

    Ep.17: Islamically Inspired Solutions on Food System & Food Justice Issues, Dr. Tammara Soma, Research Director of the Food Systems Lab

    Ep.17: Islamically Inspired Solutions on Food System & Food Justice Issues, Dr. Tammara Soma, Research Director of the Food Systems Lab

    In this important conversation,  Dr. Tammara Soma, Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University & Research Director of the Food Systems Lab,  speaks about her own personal journey towards the study of food, food systems and food waste from multiple dimensions.  Dr. Soma explains terms such as food resiliency, food systems mapping, food justice issues, and the circular economy system and how all these relate to issues of food.

    Dr. Soma connects social, environmental issues that are deeply entrenched in food systems and where these issues are often politically situated.

    Dr. Soma also reflects, through her own personal journey, on how Islam provides a clear framework that can guide us to many important solutions when it comes to food justice issues and how she as a scholar grounds her own work within an Islamic framework.

    Finally, she talks about her documentary "Food is my Teacher," which explores the healing nature of food, through relationships and personal connections to food as well as food insecurity.  She also provides highlights of upcoming projects and things to look out for. 

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    Dr. Tammara Soma MCIP RPP is an Assistant Professor at the School of Resource and Environmental Management (Planning program) at Simon Fraser University and Research Director of the Food Systems Lab. She conducts research on issues pertaining to food loss and waste (FLW), food systems planning, food security, Indigenous food sovereignty, and the circular food economy. She is routinely featured in international and local media (The Guardian, BBC, CBC, TVO, CTV, National Observer, Chatelaine and more) and is the co-director of the CBC documentary “Food is My Teacher.” Tammara is a registered professional planner and a proud mother of three.
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    More info regarding  Dr. Soma's work can be found at:
    Food Systems Lab - https://foodsystemslab.ca/
    Food is my Teacher Documentary - https://brandyyanchyk.com/food-is-my-teacher
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    Islam & Earth is a podcast that explores topics and issues related to earth connections through an Islamic worldview.
    Tune in every other Jumah (Friday) for a new episode!
    This podcast is part of the Islam & Earth Project, more information can be found at:
    https://www.islamandearth.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/islam.and.earth/
    https://twitter.com/islamandearth

    • 45 min
    Ep.16: Connecting to the Qur'an & the Creator through Nightsky Exploration - Sr. Nadia Abuisnaineh: NASA Solar System Ambassador

    Ep.16: Connecting to the Qur'an & the Creator through Nightsky Exploration - Sr. Nadia Abuisnaineh: NASA Solar System Ambassador

    In this majestic episode of Islam & Earth, Sr. Nadia Abuisnaineh, a NASA Solar System Exploration Ambassador,  speaks about how the majesty of the nightsky.  She discusses how this connects us the Creator and the wonders of the Qur'an.  Sr. Nadia provides examples of how the sahabi, and our previous predecessors connected to the nightsky, navigated using the nightsky.

    She discusses practical tips on how families can begin to explore the nightsky, local events and places to connect with and how it nurtures curiosity in children.

    Sr. Nadia also shares personal experiences about how she became excited about astronomy and nightsky exploration and how her fond memories of nights in Palestine inspired her to be awed by the nightsky.

    Finally, she talks about things to consider when we discuss climate change and atmospheric impacts on the skies above us.

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    Sr. Nadia Abuisnaineh was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For as long as she can remember, she always had a deep fascination with the universe. She was one of those kids in school that knew what she wanted to study in college at a very young age, and that never changed, even as she got older. Her love and enthusiasm for math and science allowed her to pursue a Bachelors of Science Degree in Astrophysics from the University of Minnesota. After graduating in 2011, Nadia dedicated her time and talents to a couple non profit organizations in her community. She worked with Mishkah University, and helped launch AlMaghrib Institute classes in Minnesota. Her effort with these organizations taught her the meanings of community service and sacrifice toward a cause larger than herself. By providing community members with an experiential platform to seek knowledge, she enabled them to explore their culture and religious identities under world-renowned scholarship. In 2019, Nadia got accepted into NASA/JPL’s Solar System Ambassador program, where she, and hundreds of other volunteers across the US, engage the public in space and space exploration missions.  Nadia currently resides in Fridley, Minnesota, with her husband and three kids. She spends most of her time teaching her son and daughters how to navigate the world around them. She enjoys watching documentaries, walking around the state's many lakes, swimming, and stargazing.
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    More info regarding  Sr. Nadia's work can be found at:
    https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/ambassadors/1828/
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    Islam & Earth is a podcast that explores topics and issues related to earth connections through an Islamic worldview.
    Tune in every other Jumah (Friday) for a new episode!
    This podcast is part of the Islam & Earth Project, more information can be found at:
    https://www.islamandearth.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/islam.and.earth/
    https://twitter.com/islamandearth

    • 46 min
    Ep. 15: From Turtle Island to Gaza: Indigenous Solidarity with Palestine - Dr. Nick Estes, Member of Lower Brule Sioux Tribe & Professor of American Indian Studies

    Ep. 15: From Turtle Island to Gaza: Indigenous Solidarity with Palestine - Dr. Nick Estes, Member of Lower Brule Sioux Tribe & Professor of American Indian Studies

    In this episode of Islam & Earth in the last Jumah of Jumada al-Awwal, 1445,  Dr. Nick Estes, a member of the lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Professor of American Indian Studies, as well as co-founder of the Red Nation Movement, and Indigenous Solidarity with Palestine speaks both of his personal experiences as well as the work he leads on Indigenous solidarity with Palestine on the deep and direct connections between Indigenous realities and the ongoing Palestinian gen0c!d*.

    Dr. Estes touches on the historical, socio-political, as well as spiritual connections that connect the resistance of Indigenous peoples in North America and around the world to the Palestinian resistance against an apartheid state.  "...We still continue this long line of resistance, that we have these embers that can burst into flames in moments of rupture that we are seeing now..." he says.  He speaks from his own experiences in visiting Palestine and the feelings that overwhelmed him when he witnessed mass unmarked graves of Palestinian peoples.

    In this conversation, he  discusses how language and media connect to the erasure and ethnic cleansing process of both Indigenous peoples around the world as well as people in Gaza.
     
    He also provides insight on healing, and where hope becomes a journey that humanity, collectively must move towards.
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    Dr. Nick Estes is an enrolled member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and is an Assistant Professor in American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota.  He studies colonialism and global Indigenous histories, focusing on decolonization, oral history, U.S. imperialism, environmental justice, anti-capitalism, and the Oceti Sakowin.  Dr. Estes is the author of the award-winning book Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance (2019), which places the Indigenous-led movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline into historical context.   Dr. Estes co-hosts the Red Nation podcast and is the lead editor of Red Media, an Indigenous-run non-profit media organization that publishes books, videos, and podcasts. Estes is also a member of the Oceti Sakowin Writers Society (formerly Oak Lake Writers Society), a network of Dakota, Nakota, and Lakota writers committed to defend and advance Oceti Sakowin sovereignty, cultures, and histories. He is also an award-winning journalist whose writing has been featured in the Guardian, The Intercept, Jacobin, Indian Country Today, The Nation, NBC News, The Funambulist Magazine, High Country News, and the New Yorker.
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    More info regarding  Dr. Este's work can be found at:
    Indigenous Solidarity with Palestine: https://indigenousforpalestine.org/
    The Red Nation Website:   https://therednation.org/
    Twitter:   https://x.com/nickwestes?s=20
    Our History is the Future book:
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    Islam & Earth is a podcast that explores topics and issues related to earth connections through an Islamic worldview.
    Tune in every other Jumah (Friday) for a new episode!
    This podcast is part of the Islam & Earth Project, more information can be found at:
    https://www.islamandearth.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/islam.and.earth/
    https://twitter.com/islamandearth

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Ep.14: Gaza - Under Genocide & Ecocide - Sr. Abeer Butmeh, Environmental Engineer in Palestine

    Ep.14: Gaza - Under Genocide & Ecocide - Sr. Abeer Butmeh, Environmental Engineer in Palestine

    In this second Jumah of Rabi al- Akhar,  as more than 20 days of genocidal attacks in Gaza are passing, this podcast episode is a conversation with Abeer Butmeh, an environmental engineer who is in Palestine right now.

    She shares what is happening right now in Gaza, what the immediate impacts are, what the projected long-term impacts will be on the land and the people of Gaza.  She shares some of the studies regarding previous attacks on Gaza and how this has caused infertility of the land, soils, and water. 

    Sr. Abeer discusses what is needed from the international community right now and how environmental activists can engage in standing up against the genocide and ecocide that is happening in Gaza right now.

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    Sr. Abeer Butmeh is the Coordinator of Palestinian Environmental NGOs Network - Friends of Earth PalestineShe obtained her B.A. and Masters degree from Ber Zeit university specialising in water and environmental engineering. She has worked in this field since 2006. She leads through campaigning, coordination, communication and facilitation between deferent bodies. She has focussed in institutional development, monitoring and evaluation procedures, financial management, project management, and procurement procedures. She is a trainer in water, waste water and environmental issues.
    She also is an active member in many Social and environmental networks at local and international levelShe has participated in local and international conferences related to water and environment, and in many environmental research studies locally. She has written and published on many platforms including Al-Jazeera, she has published in academic outlets through the University of Denver’s school of theology, and many other important climate change platforms.
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    More info regarding  Sr. Abeer's work  and PENGON's projects can be found at:
    Facebook: Pengon-foe Palestine
    Website -www.pengon.org
    Book chapter: "Blockade & Climate Change Vulnerability," see ch. 3
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    Islam & Earth is a podcast that explores topics and issues related to earth connections through an Islamic worldview.
    Tune in every other Jumah (Friday) for a new episode!
    This podcast is part of the Islam & Earth Project, more information can be found at:
    https://www.islamandearth.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/islam.and.earth/
    https://twitter.com/islamandearth

    • 32 min
    Ep.13: Environmentalists for Palestine - Special IG Live - Nazish Qureshi; Kadjahtou Balde; & Tasnim Mellouli

    Ep.13: Environmentalists for Palestine - Special IG Live - Nazish Qureshi; Kadjahtou Balde; & Tasnim Mellouli

     In this special LIVE recorded episode of Islam & Earth,  three guests: Nazish Qureshi (Muslim Climate Watch); Kadjahtou Balde (Faithfully Sustainable); and Tasnim Mellouli (Climate Justice Activist) join for a very critical conversation on climate justice and Palestinian justice issues.

    These three guests provide deep insights on how the Palestinian genocide is deeply entrenched in a colonial occupation and how this has impacted Palestinian lands for decades.  They provide practical tips for how climate activists can educate themselves, how to take meaningful action and also how we, who are watching the atrocities of this genocide take place, can stay grounded and find ease through such difficult times.

    Finally, as they share many different tips on how to engage and stand up against this genocide, they remind us of the importance of prayers at this time.

    Take a listen and share 

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    Nazish Qureshi is a Muslim climate organizer and activist based in Washington, DC. She is the founder of Muslim Climate Watch, a Muslim-led climate justice organization. Muslim Climate Watch tracks and documents the devastating loss and damage from climate change and demands climate reparations, and aims to inspire climate action that is embedded in Islam and guided by the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).


    Tasnim Mellouli is a higher education professional with a background of working on environmental issues and engaging the Muslim community in climate justice movements. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BS in Environmental Studies, and currently works at the university connecting students to research opportunities. She is passionate about connecting Islam to contemporary environmental justice issues and is interested in the interconnectedness of people and nature.


    Kadjahtou Balde is the founder and Chief Steward Officer for Faithfully Sustainable which holds a vision for a future where Muslim-led initiatives are at the forefront of tackling every environmental crisis, promoting equitable and regenerative solutions that reflect Islamic principles of oneness, empathy, and justice.  Kadjahtou has managed economic development projects, for entrepreneurship development centers in the state of New York.


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    More info regarding the work of these guests can be found at:


    Muslim Climate Watch:


    https://muslimclimatewatch.com/


    https://www.instagram.com/MuslimClimateW/


    https://twitter.com/MuslimClimateW


    Faithfully Sustainable:


    https://www.faithfullysustainable.org/


    https://www.instagram.com/faithfully.sustainable/


    Tasnim Mellouli:


    https://www.instagram.com/tasnim_mem/


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    Islam & Earth is a podcast that explores topics and issues related to earth connections through an Islamic worldview.
    Tune in every other Jumah (Friday) for a new episode!
    This podcast is part of the Islam & Earth Project, more information can be found at:
    https://www.islamandearth.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/islam.and.earth/
    https://twitter.com/islamandearth

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep.12: Kashmir: Armed Conflict, Human Rights & Environmental Genocide, Sr. Tazeen Hasan: Human Rights Advocate

    Ep.12: Kashmir: Armed Conflict, Human Rights & Environmental Genocide, Sr. Tazeen Hasan: Human Rights Advocate

    In this episode of Islam & Earth in the second Jumah of Rabi ul Awwal, 1445,  Sr. Tazeen Hasan, human rights advocate speaks about the environmental genocide that is happening in Kashmir.
    Sr. Tazeen explains how armed conflict impacts human rights, cause environmental catastrophes and how both are related, causing damage in manifold.
    She explains how the environment is a hidden victim of the occupation, and how environmental occupation is frequently underreported and has lethal repercussions for the Indigenous Kashmiri population. 
    Sr. Tazeen explains the extent of destruction where massive glacier melting in Indian administered Kashmir, are melting two times faster than the rate of glaciers melting in other parts of the world, which is the main source of waters for Kashmiris.  She also speaks about the extensive deforestation and smuggling of timber from Kashmir, to intentional destruction of apple orchards and cutting trees on immense scales, Sr. Tazeen explains the way this impacts the livelihoods of Kashmiris on a daily basis.
    Sr. Tazeen explains how India's illegal occupation has led to extensive amounts of unregulated pilgrimage in the region, despite experts calling its implications to be irreversible damage.   
    "It is no less than the nuclear war, and I will call it genocide," she says.
    Sr. Tazeen also offers practical advice and explains that Allah(swt) obligates us to struggle, but doesn't obligate us for results.  Instead, she advises that we should raise awareness, educate the masses, lobby with the government, and collaborate with other organizations.
    Finally, Sr. Tazeen speaks of how we as Muslims approach such difficulties: Hope lies in the presence of God, she shares.
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    Sr. Tazeen Hasan is a writer,  researcher, and a passionate advocate for human rights, currently affiliated with Justice For All, Canada. She received the 2020 Harvard Spotlight Award for her outstanding coverage of the Uyghur Genocide. Her work involved immersive experiences living amongst Uyghur refugees in two different cities in Turkey.
    Tazeen is also a contributor to two anthologies published in Canada. She has contributed to major media outlets across South Asia, North America, and the Middle East. Her pieces have been published on BBC Urdu, Independent Urdu, Clarion (India), and the Sharq-al-Awsat group in Saudi Arabia.
    Tazeen has spoken on global forums, including the United Nations human Rights Council and Amnesty International.
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    More info regarding  Sr. Tazeen's work can be found at:
    Rotten Apples, the Systematic Destruction of Kashmir's Economy and United Nations Millennium Goals -article

    I am a Kashmiri glacier, and I am witnessing an environmental genocide - article  
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    Islam & Earth is a podcast that explores topics and issues related to earth connections through an Islamic worldview.
    Tune in every other Jumah (Friday) for a new episode!
    This podcast is part of the Islam & Earth Project, more information can be found at:
    https://www.islamandearth.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/islam.and.earth/
    https://twitter.com/islamandearth

    • 28 min

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