الحديث الأخضر – نصائح بيئية من النبي محمد عليه الصلاة والسلام

يعتبر النبي محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم، من أهم الذين وصلوا الى قمة النجاح ، إن لم يكن الوحيد الذي وصل، ليس فقط من خلال التعايم الشفهي، وإنما عن طريق تطبيق المبادئ الإسلامية لحماية  البيئة بشكل صارم. وكان اهتمامه بالحفاظ على الطبيعة قد ظهر عبر التاريخ، حيث تمت الإشارة  إلى أن الاستثناء الوحيد الذي  تم فيه قطع الاشجار كان في المدينة، حيث قطعت أشجار النخيل لعرقلة قبيلة يهودية تدعى “بنو النضير”. علم النبي محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم، الناس طريقة  العيش  على القليل من أجل حماية الحياة الحيوانية والنباتية، وعبادة الخالق عن طريق الرأفة في ما خلقه الله ، وأكثر … Continue reading

Regional Integrated NGO Master Plan for the Jordan Valley

EcoPeace Middle East is a unique organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists. Our primary objective is the promotion of cooperative efforts to protect our shared environmental heritage. In so doing, we seek to advance both sustainable regional development and the creation of necessary conditions for lasting peace in our region. EcoPeace has offices in Amman, Bethlehem, and Tel-Aviv. EcoPeace is a project oriented NGO, using both a “top-down” (advocacy) approach coupled with a “bottom-up” (grass roots / community) strategy that has proven to be a very effective work model. Regional Integrated NGO Master Plan EcoPeace Middle East recently launched … Continue reading

Green Resolutions for the New Year

This year, in addition to our personal goals, let us make another New Year resolution: to make this year the year we really ‘go green’. Supporting environmental initiatives should be one of our main priorities and needs to be reflected through our green resolutions and commitment to safeguard it against all forms of pollution and to protect our fragile and finite resources. Depending on our age, work, location etc., our priorities may be different but our actions should be in unison towards environmental protection. We need to understand that we have very recklessly plundered the global resources in a short … Continue reading

15 Inspirational Quotes On The Environment

With the New Year’s upon us, global citizens are beginning to think about their goals and what they want to accomplish in 2018. Many people focus on their finances, while others may be thinking about their health and relationships. Yet there is still one relationship that many people have forgotten: our relationship with Earth. In May of 2006, the film “An Inconvenient Truth” was released and for the first time in a long time, our environmental needs and causes was on everyone’s mind. But since then, it seems as though many of our sustainability challenges have been forgotten or swept … Continue reading

Energy Efficiency Initiatives at the Hashemite University

The Hashemite University environmental sustainability policy is focused on achieving sufficiency and sustainability through energy reduction practices, along with energy efficient approaches, building techniques, and electromechanical devices. These measures were employed in all of the new building expansion on campus (with more than 70,000 m2) of newly added building area. These practices are divided into categories: passive and active. Passive Measures Passive energy efficiency measures focus on harnessing the natural resources in the campus area to create comfortable conditions for the campus users, especially indoors, including the following techniques used throughout the campus: Building envelope and materials: The choice of building … Continue reading

How to Live Off Grid in a Tiny House: A Beginner’s Guide

As people are becoming more focused on alternative living, the tiny house movement is becoming increasingly popular. It offers a few different experiences all rolled into one tiny package. For those looking to live debt free, it provides that. Others are looking to live in an environmentally friendly way and that is certainly the case with living off grid. And others just want to accumulate less stuff and more memories and since your house is tiny there is no way to not do that. Whatever the reason for looking for ways to start living the tiny house life, there is … Continue reading

إشراك الشباب في العمل التطوعي البيئي

تطالعنا الصحف يوميا بأخبار عن التدهور البيئي في مختلف المناطق اللبنانية. المشاكل البيئية تطال جميع الأمور الحياتية من النفايات الى مياه الشرب ومياه الصرف الصحي الى الهواء والصحة وغيره. معالجة هذه المشكلات يتطلب حلولا جذرية ومستدامة لان الحلول التقنية  الموجودة تعالج النتائج وليس الأسباب.حماية البيئة والحفاظ عليها وعلى استدامة مواردها يأتي في المرتبة الأولى للحفاظ على المجتمع  والمفتاح لتحقيق الاستدامة والحفاظ على سلامة البيئة يكون في تفعيل دور الشباب في المشاركة في حماية البيئة. شباب اليوم هم بناة المستقبل لذا يجب أن يتسلحوا بالوعي البيئي اللازم ليقوموا بدورهم الريادي. ويقع علي عاتق الشباب مسؤولية حماية البيئة ومعالجة مشاكلها.  ففئة الشباب … Continue reading

الإيمان والعمل البيئي في الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا

أدركت مبادرة الإيمان من أجل الأرض التي أطلقها برنامج الأمم المتحدة للبيئة، أهمية دور المنظمات الدينية حول العالم في توجيه جهود التصدي للتغير المناخي. يؤمن 84% من سكان العالم بوجود قوة إلهية تتجسد في مجموعة من المبادئ والقيم. لذلك، تتمتع المنظمات والقيادات الدينية بقدرة كبيرة على توجيه العمل اليومي للأفراد المتدينين. كل الديانات السماوية تدعو إلى العبادة واحترام الطبيعة التي هي من خلق الله. أهمية العلاقة بين الإيمان والبيئة تستطيع القيادات الدينية المساهمة في بناء القدرات والتوعية والتعليم، وبالتالي ترجمة الحس بالمسؤولية نحو البيئة الى ممارسات عملية على أرض الواقع.  يقع على عاتق حكومة بعض الدول ذات التوجهات الدينية، مسؤولية … Continue reading

Green Ahadith – Ecological Advice from Prophet Muhammad

Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, is one of the most, if not the only one who reached a pinnacle of success by not only verbally teaching, but stringently applying Islamic principles of ecological welfare. His concern for preserving nature was so consistent that history reports the only time he cut down plants were the palm trees in Madina to impede the Jewish tribe Banu Nadhir. Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, categorically taught people to live on less, to protect animal and plant life, and to worship the Creator by being merciful to the creation. What is … Continue reading

Circular Economy in GCC: Potential, Prospects and Challenges

The concept of a circular economy has been gaining a lot of momentum on the agenda of many countries in recent years. In its core, it describes an economic model which opposes the current so-called linear economy, where output is produced, used and disposed at the end of its lifespan. In contrast, circular economy advocates suggest a model in which raw materials used during the life cycle of a good are completely reintegrated into the production process. Circular economy, therefore, means more than just to recycle your old appliances, but includes considerations about how to redefine products and services in … Continue reading

Black Max Battery: How To Start Off-The-Grid Living

The concept of off-the-grid living is gradually growing, aided with the global campaign for a better and sustainable living environment. This alternative lifestyle choice involves total disconnection from basic public utilities, including power, water, and telephone lines. While it’s an admirable process, it involves thorough preparation for those who want to try it. Here are the basic steps involved in getting an off-the-grid living started. 1. Build A Functional Living Space The first thing you’ll need to practice your off-the-grid lifestyle is a functional housing set-up influenced by your personal preferences. The first choice for habitation concerns whether you want … Continue reading

Anthropogenic Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystems

Anthropogenic climate change is hindering a wide variety of organisms, their genetics and species’ habitats – in short, biodiversity. The accelerated pace of human development and its impacts on biodiversity which sustain it, is both massive and significant. Biodiversity is inextricably linked to climate; climate change is both a cause and an effect of biodiversity change. Climate change jeopardizes the services offered by the global ecosystems that have been taken for granted. Let us examine how climate change is affecting specific ecosystems. Agricultural Ecosystem Agricultural ecosystems are spread around the globe; hence, the impacts of climate change on agricultural biodiversity will be diverse and extensive. … Continue reading