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21 11, 2022

Queer Climate Activists Speak Out After COP27 in Egypt

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COP27 was meant to create an embracing space for climate activists and leaders around the world to come together, listen to each other, and work towards inclusive change. However, many crucial figures in the movement came to the summit in spite of many personal risks. The Egyptian government has a history of pursuing violent treatment towards LGBTQIA+ communities. This did not stop queer activists from ensuring that their voices and communities were represented. Big Wind Carpenter, a Two Spirit water protector, emphasizes that they face risks every day as a queer person, and it’s vital that their voices are heard in these discussions. Bruno Rodriguez, a bisexual climate activist, felt uneasy throughout his experience at COP, but maintained that it is necessary to hold these meetings in the Global South, even in places with human rights conflicts. The West is not absolved of these conflicts either, and many nations in the Global South have been impacted by Western cultural imperialism and colonial legacies. They cannot be ignored aside as we push towards change, and they will not stop fighting for a better future. Climate justice means justice across all intersections.  Photo Credit: Pamela Elizarraras Acitores

19 10, 2017

Millions Of Rural Working Women In Egypt At Risk From Climate Change

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Climate change brings considerable risks to an already fragile economic and environmental situation in rural Egyptian women’s lives. The agriculture sector is largely comprised of women, with millions of them reliant on its economy for their livelihoods. Unfortunately, this sector is unstable and wages are, exacerbating existing conditions of poverty and environmental degradation. Women find themselves unable to exercise agency over land rights because they own only 5% of Egyptian land. This compromises their ability to make decisions about their lives, pursue educational opportunities and to understand basic financial literacy. It is estimated that 27 million women live in rural areas and of those millions, 32 percent are poor women working in agriculture. The average daily wage for a seasonal worker in Egypt is anywhere from $5-$8 a day and is usually lower for women compared to men. Food insecurity coupled with low wages, makes agriculture risky for already impoverished women. Photo Credit: Middle East Institute

10 05, 2011

“Sauti – African Voices on Climate Change” Tells The Story Of Egyptian Climate Activist

2017-09-06T22:07:26-04:00Tags: |

Sarah Rifaat from Cairo, Egypt, was a graphic designer with very little knowledge of the climate movement before receiving an email from in which she was invited to a workshop in Turkey about climate action. The experience inspired Sarah to take action for climate justice. As part of the 350 global climate day of action, Sarah partnered with the Cairo Cycler’s Club for a gathering of activists biking to the Great Pyramids to share their messages with the world.  Photo credit:

31 01, 2011

Time For A Cycling Revolution And “Critical Mass” In Cairo

2017-10-31T01:44:28-04:00Tags: |

Inji El Abd is a woman co-founder of Green Arm, a platform for environmental ideas in Egypt, and the Cycling for Change movement. She writes about the Cycling for Change’s demonstration of more than 150 cyclists in Cairo, demanding for a better future and the end of the regime, in January 2011. A month later, the revolution evolved into a green revolution, with people cleaning the Tahrir square and repairing the public space. Under the previous regime, it was difficult for cyclists to gather, as they were harassed by authorities, but now, with the right to peacefully demonstrate, there is hope for a more cycling-friendly city. Critical Mass is a bicycling event that happens worldwide every month, aimed at creating social space for cyclists, which has been considered as a cycling protest in many cities. Photo credit: Green Prophet

1 11, 1994

Laila Iskandar Pioneers Justice And Health In Waste Management In Egypt

2017-11-01T02:41:35-04:00Tags: |

Laila Kamel Iskandar was a pioneer in waste management. She started an innovative social and environmental project of earning money out of recycling household waste in a community near Cairo, improving the lives of garbage collectors. She also began an informal school to teach about hygiene and health, with a flexible schedule to keep up with families of garbage collectors, where children started helping out and working at an early age. Laila later became the Volunteer Field Director for the Rag Recycling Center at the Association for the Protection of the Environment (A.P.E.), an organization with different projects targeted toward the garbage collector community, fostering tourism in the area. She also runs a Rug-Weaving Center for girls, where they learn handcrafts, and also to read, write and do basic calculations. Photo credit: The Goldman Environmental Prize