Organic Farming Boom in Palestine

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A back-to-the-land movement is blossoming in the Palestinian Authority, the United Nation’s newest nonmember observer state. “The Palestinian future is in the land.” Farmer Khader Khader said, standing in his organic olive grove in the northern West Bank village of Nus Jubail. Many Palestinian farmers are switching to organic farming methods, and selling their oil to […]

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Water Portraits – Making A Splash For Water Conservation (PHOTOS)

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In a bid to highlight our water use and waste, photographer Peter Holmes has created a series of memorable portraits of water use in different countries.  “Statistics about water consumption are difficult to comprehend and are un-relatable to everyday life – this project attempts to make water consumption visible in a meaningful way.” Well, that’s […]

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‘Rain’ and Qatari Folktales of Nature

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A community project in Qatar explores local folktales and what they can teach us about nature in the Middle East Whilst every corner of the world has a strong storytelling tradition, the Middle East is blessed with its own unique strand of folktales exploring nature. Water scarcity, rain and drought feature heavily due to the […]

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Angry Cow Murders Its Gazan Slaughterer During Muslim Eid Festival

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Amateur slaughterers are often injured on the job. Should slaughtering be left to the professionals? The annual Hajj pilgrimage, on which we wrote about efforts to make it more green, has also become an event in which animals are being slaughtered inhumanely for the accompanying Ein al-Adha  or the Muslim Feast of the Sacrifice holiday.  […]

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Hebrew Roots of 10 English Words

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Grow up near New York City, you’re forgiven for thinking that every mensch makes with the Yiddish.  Green Prophet informs you about enviro-issues, sheds light on other cultures, and keeps you hip to current green building news. Our effectiveness comes down to making nice with the words – like sustainability.  Words help us hop cultural fences.  Look to […]

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Hijab Moves From Sports, to a News Room, to a Green Debate

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Last month, a woman wearing a Muslim hijab headscarf presented the headlines on an Egyptian television news program, becoming headline news herself. So why the alarm when anchor Fatma Nabil appeared on Channel 1 (one of several state-run TV stations) wearing an off-white hijab that covered her hair and neck? And why is this issue connected […]

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Eastern Mediterranean College is Calling All Green Peace-Maker Teens

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Scholarships included to this new 2-year high school study abroad program in Israel. Its founders are looking to fill a high quota of Arab students from the region starting 2014. It will be the first of its kind in Israel: An international two-year boarding school focusing on what Israel knows best – water management, environment […]

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Green Muslim Blogger Muaz Nasir Says Spiritual Connection With Nature Is Key (INTERVIEW)

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We speak to Muaz Nasir about his faith-focused environmental work in Canada and why the Muslim community can’t afford to sideline climate change “The environment is something everyone should be concerned about as climate change, water scarcity and pollution are issues that do not discriminate based on faith:” That’s Muaz Nasir’s response to what he likes […]

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Israel’s Tent Protest Movement is Growing Roots in an Eco-Community

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The Israeli government may not be taking them very seriously, but a small bucket of social activists who colonized Rothschild Avenue last summer with tents, pop-up massage parlors and peace-preaching posters have yet to give in to the country’s growing income disparity. Refusing to pay exorbitant prices for shoebox apartments amid the city’s concrete lanes […]

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Israeli Eco Artists Dance in Australia

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Israel’s Vertigo Dance Company made its Australian debut at the Brisbane Festival in September. They performed a piece titled Mana, which means “vessel of light” and comes from the Zohar, the Jewish mystical text. Mana featured eight dancers exploring the contrasts between dark and light, male and female. Both the moon and sun were powerful […]

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The Arabic Roots of 10 English Words

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Did you realize you speak some Arabic?  An estimated 175 million native Arabic speakers make it the sixth most-spoken language. As we draw connections between environmental actions in the east and west, let’s look at how some commonalities in language are shared by these cultures. It’s natural that, over time, some words slide across linguistic […]

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