Rooftop Gardens: Catalyst for Green Cities

Rooftop gardens, also known as green roofs, are vegetative green layer grown on a rooftop of buildings providing greenery, useful products, shade, acoustic benefits as well as remove heat from the air through evapo-transpiration, reducing temperatures of the roof surface and the surrounding air. On hot and humid summer days, the surface temperature of a […]

Waging Eco-Jihad for a Sustainable Future

There is an inseparable relation between the environment and our soul. Islamic teachings offer a completely integrated view of the Universe where human souls and the environment are all part of one living, conscious whole. The Holy Quran exhorts us to live a balanced, moderate and sustainable life without causing any harm to the Earth. […]

Synergies between Women and Environment

Women and the environment are closely interlinked, throughout history, different nations glorified women as powerful symbols of nature, and nature has always been given the female characteristics: care, reproduction and life-giving. However, women’s involvement in the preservation of the environment has seldom been recognized and documented in world history. One of the most significant phenomena in […]

Impacts of Imperiled Shark Populations

Shark species are increasingly becoming threatened because of commercial and recreational fishing pressures, the impact of non-shark fisheries on the seabed and shark prey species, and other habitat alterations such as damage and loss from coastal development and marine pollution. Rising demands for shark products has increased pressure on shark fisheries, but little monitoring or management occurs […]

Sea Turtles in Southeast Alaska

It is uncommon for sea turtles to range north of Oregon, but their appearance in Alaskan waters occurs often enough that they can’t be considered accidental visitors. Just how common an occurrence are sea turtles in Alaska? Between 1960 and 20017, records show 19 leatherbacks, 9 green, 2 Pacific Ridley’s, 2 loggerheads, and 2 unidentified […]

Getting Others To Follow In Your Green Footsteps

Living an eco-friendly lifestyle can give you a great sense of pride and well-being. But what if this isn’t enough? Seeing other people carry on with their non-eco-friendly methods can be hard to ignore. But nobody wants to be that irritating person forcing their views onto other people. Converting people to a greener lifestyle therefore […]

Marine Litter, Plastics and Our Responsibility

Marine litter is a major environmental problem that is being faced around the world, especially by small island developing countries. The litter is generated due to fishing boats, trawlers and industries located near to the shores. Up to 80% of all marine litter in our oceans consist of plastic and from the land based activities […]

Penguins and Global Warming

The Antarctic Peninsula is among the region that is warming the fastest and the melting of its glaciers is contributing to global sea level rise. The rise in global temperature is threatening the existence of one of the most popular symbols of Antarctica – the penguin. The environmental conservation group WWF has warned that rising […]

Ecotourism: Outlook for Jordan

Ecotourism in Jordan is witnessing a multi-dimensional evolution from pure economic opportunities to a wider industry that embraces environmental and community-based development as core elements. Responding to the local, regional and international traveler’s preference, ecotourism provides a perfect platform for responsible sustainable businesses to utilize green investment and community empowerment in creating niche services and […]

Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust: Call for Acceleration of Climate Action

On June 12, six months after the Paris Climate Talks, faith communities globally will come together for a day of celebration of the earth and action on climate change called – Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust. More than 120 actions and events in 35 countries are currently planned including Green Iftars, Solidarity fasts, mobilisations, meditation sit-ins, […]

Zero Waste Iftar Challenge

Giving that Ramadan is the month of blessings, we should proactively think of one blessing that is far too little thought about: our beautiful Planet Earth. We all know we are living in a time where environmental crises have reached an unprecedented level in human history. But let’s not talk about it, but do something! […]

Tips to Reduce Environmental Impact of Your Business

We’re barely a month in and yet 2017 isn’t looking good. By the 6th of January, one street in London had already exceeded the city’s annual air pollution limit. But it’s not just bad news for the environment. That thick and toxic smog that hangs over highly populated cities has been linked to dementia and […]

Environmental Impacts Of Globalization

Globalization was meant to change the world– and it did. The founding idea of globalization is that no country should be restricted to their own borders; that the world is part of a large community rather than restricted to small countries. Globalization aimed to take borders down, to unite everyone, to make us all citizens […]

Reinventing Business Cards: Environmental Perspectives

Each year 100 billion business cards are produced worldwide leading to the potential loss of approaching 6 million trees. Perhaps more shocking is the fact that within a week after receiving a business card, almost 90% of them are thrown away. Some of these cards will be recycled, but many will find their way into […]

How Pollution is Killing the Oceans

Since the beginning of time, the ocean has been regarded as boundless and untouchable by human activity. Because of its colossal size and depth, attempts at understanding the ocean are laden with difficulties. However, it has now become apparent that the ocean, despite its immense magnitude, can drastically be changed by daily activities of human […]

Be Sustainable: Turn Your Garden Into The Supermarket

If you’re trying to cut back on costs and live a more sustainable lifestyle, then you should be very proud of yourself. A lot of people talk about wanting to change the way they live their life, but not many people actually do anything about it. If you’d like to take the next step – […]

Talking Green: An Interview with Vandana Shiva

I met Vandana Shiva in the airport. When the automatic sliding doors at the arrivals gate revealed her luggage cart and her orange sari, I half expected a beam of light to illuminate her, such is the legend that surrounds her. Of course none did because Vandana Shiva is just a human being and not a saint. […]

8 Things You Can Do To Help The Environment Now

Being green doesn’t have to be hard – but sometimes it takes a bit of thought and the breaking of a few bad habits. Here are 8 ways you can start helping the environment right now. Don’t recycle everything We’re always told to recycle everything we can – but the truth is, over-zealous recycling can […]

EcoMENA Wins Top International Award for Environmental Awareness

EcoMENA, a Qatari non-profit environmental organization, has won the National Energy Globe Award 2017, one of the most prestigious environmental prizes worldwide. The award is in recognition of the environmental awareness and conservation efforts initiated by EcoMENA through an innovative community-based knowledge dissemination project focussed on the entire MENA region. The award is presented by […]

Going Greener In Your Everyday Life

The big concern of our lifetime is the environment. Everything else is mumbo-jumbo in comparison because, without a habitable world, nothing else can exist. Forget politics, economics, business, social structuring, anthropology; everything falls short in comparison to the importance of the environment. With billions of people now living on this earth, it is more important […]

Reducing Carbon Footprint In Your Home

There is so much talk going on at the moment about carbon pollution, climate change and the necessity for all of us to do our part to protect the environment. The truth is that carbon pollution can lead to so many different problems like altered weather patterns or food insecurities. We can all do our […]

Environmental Conservation in Islamic Teachings

Islam has a rich tradition of highlighting the importance of environmental conservation. According to basic Islamic teachings, the basic elements of nature – land, water, fire, forest, and light – belong to all living things, not just human beings. Islam integrates the concept of environmental conservation into the philosophy of life for every believer. By doing […]

The Top Three Reasons Why We Are Failing To Take Care Of The Planet

Aside from a select few, it’s safe to say that most people are aware of the importance of being eco-friendly. The global warming and renewable energy crisis is already starting to hit hard, and the issue has been well-publicized in the media as of late. But even with this knowledge, many of us still don’t […]

Interfaith Dialogue at Cairo Climate Talks

“Pollution and global warming pose an even greater threat than war,” stated Egypt’s German Ambassador H.E. Julius Georg Luy, as he opened the 41st round of Cairo Climate Talks on June 27, 2016. “And,” he added, “the fight to preserve the environment could be the most positive way of bringing humanity together.” Expressing a heartfelt […]

Conserving and Protecting Green Spaces in UAE

Water conservation is an issue which should concern us all, especially here in the United Arab Emirates, and it’s not one to be taken lightly. We all enjoy being surrounded by green and pleasant landscapes, but is our obsession with grass and flowers leading to a decline in drinking water in the region? Food and Agriculture […]

Why Ocean Acidification Matters

There is a forlorn hope that spraying 7 billion tonnes per year of fossil carbon (in the form of carbon dioxide) from the combustion of coal, oil and gas into the atmosphere will have little impact on the chemical structure of the atmosphere and the oceans. Sadly, this is not the case. Since the industrial […]