Sumayya Allen working in the Truly Living Well organic garden in Atlanta, Georgia.
SPECIAL REPORT VOLUME. 7 ISSUE. 3
Women in the Green Revolution
by Sumayya Allen, Nana Fitriana Firman & Siham Omri
In several Muslim-majority countries, women are on the forefront of sustainability and climate change advocacy. One of the best known is Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany, Director of Sustainability at Masdar, an Abu Dhabi company focused on renewable energy through a holistic approach. She is also Director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, a $4 million award given to achievers and initiatives in renewable energy.
We have notable sustainability advocates here in the US. Sumayya Allen is an activist in Atlanta’s urban agriculturist movement. Holding a degree from Emory University in Environmental Studies, she works for Truly Living Well’s Center for Natural Urban Agriculture, a national leader in urban farming in Atlanta, Georgia headed by Rashid Nuri. As a freelance writer, Ms. Allen focuses on issues of sustainable food systems and agroecology. She advocates for growing good, clean and fair-priced food in an effort to reduce urban poverty and food insecurity. Having participated in Georgia Organics Urban Agriculture Training Program, she is committed to a life of service, applying her knowledge of growing healthy soil for healthful food and communities.
Nana Firman is originally from Indonesia and for five years she worked for the World Wildlife Fund there. She assisted in the development and implementation of Green Reconstruction in areas affected by the tsunami. After cooperating to create a sustainable cities project, she became a certified presenter of The Climate Project. Now living in California, she is an independent urban sustainability specialist, travelling the world advocating for climate change awareness.
Siham Omri is another committed green activist. Born in Morocco, she lives in West Chester, Ohio; she is Founding President of the Morocco Green Building Council, an organization that enables green construction of office spaces and buildings, as well as sustainable urban renewal. In this Special Report you will hear from all three of these women.
GREENING THE GLOBE
by Nana Firman
There is some heartening news to share; we, human beings, are finally realizing the impact of climate change. Together, as a nation and as a world, we slowly are acknowledging our responsibility as guardians of the earth.
In the past several years, climate change has become the most important area of environmental policy, broadly acknowledged to cause large scale disasters around the world; as any human systems are sensitive to climate change, a number are vulnerable to its effect. While awareness on this issue is growing among policy makers, for lay people it is still relatively low; human activities continue generating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, creating natural phenomena that disadvantage and threaten humankind and the environment.
A common perception is that disaster, particularly natural disaster, is misfortune, just bad luck or caused by an unavoidable ‘force majeur’. In the last few years, in line with development of environmental studies, a new concept emphasizes that disaster is a direct or indirect consequence of human activities. From 1987 to 1997 there were over 200 disasters, and that number has doubled in the first seven years of the 21st century. This rise is caused almost entirely by an increase in weather related catastrophes.
In 2008, statistics indicated that 75% of natural disasters on earth are related to climate: 33% floods, 23% storms, 15.2% droughts, 15.2% epidemics and 4.5% landslides. Climate related stimuli encompass all the elements of climate change, affecting natural systems either adversely or beneficially. Global warming not only affects the temperature of the planet, it also affects storms around the world; the number of hurricanes of Categories 4 and 5 has nearly doubled over the past 35 years.
Numerous human systems are also sensitive to climate change, socioeconomic losses and displacement. Although a number of countries are working to reduce global warming, the projected climate change related effects jeopardize effective enjoyment of a range of human rights, including the right to safe and adequate water and food, the right to health and the right to adequate housing.
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