Episode 1 – (Re)Centering Racialized Voices: Justice, Care, and Solidarity

BIPOC voices (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) have been typically excluded from mainstream environmental movements, yet are crucial to building stronger, healthier, and more sustainable communities. For our first episode, we are in conversation with Climate Recentered, a climate action group created with the aim of reshaping the white narrative of climate organizing, centering joy over shame, and building a community of care. Climate Recentered was created by four BIPOC youth from so-called Surrey, British Columbia. Today, we are joined by a core member, Zoha Faisal, who shares her experiences navigating eco-anxiety, learning from intergenerational stories, and building supportive, loving communities.

Guest Bio:
Zoha Faisal (she/her) is a second generation Pakistani settler, going into grade 11 this September. She started her journey in the climate movement when she joined her highschool’s Green Team. Since then, she’s become involved with other youth climate justice organizations and focuses on bringing community, hope, and joy into her work.

Connect with Climate Recentered:
Website: https://www.climaterecentered.org/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/climate.recentered/

Hosted and edited by Emiko Newman and Megan Pham-Quan.
With gratitude to Hilary Inwood of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and Stephen Hurley of VoiceEd Radio for their indispensable support and encouragement.

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Emiko Newman
Podcast Host

Emiko Newman (she/her) recently graduated from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto) with a Masters of Education in Social Justice Education with a focus in environmental studies. She is passionate about intersectional environmentalism, and fostering a praxis of hope within environmental education spaces.

Megan Pham-Quan
Podcast Host

Megan Pham-Quan (she/her) is currently a teacher candidate in the Masters of Arts in Child Study and Education program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto). She came to this program from her undergraduate studies in women and gender studies and philosophy, and is interested in creating justice-oriented, liberatory spaces in primary/junior classrooms.