In this special episode of Islam & Earth in the last Jumah of Dhul Hijjah, 1444, a 4-panelist discussion with Muslim youth from around the world explores what drives these youth to lead climate action work
This panel features:
Sr. Hania Imran, 19 year old climate activist, Founder of Youth Climate Activists Pakistan with a 100+ activists from all across Pakistan where we organize, mobilize and have conversations regarding the climate crisis. She's also a Global Youth Leadership Council member of Earth Uprising International.
Br. Mohammad Ahmadi, a 20-year-old Iranian climate justice activist based in the United States. He's the Co-founder and Global Youth Leadership Director of Earth Uprising International and Co-founder and Communications Director of the MENA Youth Network. He was selected by the COP28 Presidency as an International Youth Climate Delegate and by the UN to represent Iran at Youth4Climate Pre-COP26, and was a delegate at the UN Youth Climate Summit and LCOY USA. Mohammad is an environmental sustainability student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he is working towards the complete fossil fuel divestment by the university. He was also selected as a 2023 GYCN MTE Climate Ambassador, has worked on collaborations with the FAO, World Food Forum, Ecosia, Earth Day Network, Islamic Development Bank, MoveOn, and has been featured by BBC, VICE, and the Chicago Tribune.
Nouhad Awwad is the Ummah for Earth campaigner and Global Outreach Coordinator at Greenpeace-MENA. She holds a BSc. in environmental health and a master’s degree in Environmental Sciences with a concentration in environmental policy planning from the American University of Beirut. Nouhad has a certificate from Duke University in the One Health Program; and attended a course on U.S Foreign Policy in Global Era at Elliott School of International Affairs at the University of George Washington University. In 2015, Nouhad started the Arab youth climate movement chapter in Lebanon and participated in COP21 and attended COP22, COP23, COP24, COP25, and COP26 as an observer. She attended the Climate Chance Conference in Agadir as a keynote speaker and participated in YOUNGO conferences of Youth: COY12, COY13, and COY14. She was elected as YOUNGO focal point for 2017 in which she works to empower young people so that they have a voice at UNFCCC conferences, as well as to promote youth participation.
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 has a BS in Environmental Studies, and currently works at the University of Florida, connecting students to research opportunities. She's passionate about connecting Islam to contemporary environmental justice issues and is interested in the interconnectedness of people and nature.
Islam & Earth is a podcast that explores topics and issues related to earth connections through an Islamic worldview.
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