‘Dayma’ offers experimental environmental travel around Egypt

A new educational environmental travel project, “Dayma,” offers a creative and alternative gateway to discovering and embracing Egypt’s natural beauty. Dayma, which means everlasting, enduring and sustainable in Arabic, perfectly describes what the project aims to encourage. Dayma’s founders are Sara al-Sayed and Betty Khoury, two biologists with previous work experience in environmental education. They embarked…

Egypt demands environmental human rights

The leading slogan of Egypt’s revolution has been “Bread, Freedom and Human Dignity,” reflecting the deterioration of Egyptians’ quality of life throughout Mubarak’s thirty-year reign. Consequently, an array of human rights issues have featured among the demands made since the beginning of the 25 January revolution. One such issue has been securing environmental rights. The…

Environment on the electoral agenda

Egypt is currently gripped by campaign frenzy as candidates prepare for the upcoming parliamentary elections. Not only is there a staggering number of new political parties, but also issues that had previously been overlooked are finally being addressed by electoral campaigns. For the first time, environmental issues are featured in several candidates’ platforms. If these…

An alternative view to achieving environmental protection?

It would be difficult to negate the view that our planet is facing an increasing amount of environmental problems. Environmentalists strive to highlight the fact that ongoing efforts seeking to address these wide-ranging problems still fall short in attaining a harmonious and healthy relationship with our environment. Increasing levels of pollution in all its forms…

Food safety in Egypt: Will the new legislation bear fruit?

Food safety is a multi-layered problem involving an array of issues, whether environmental, health or economic in nature. What seems to distinguish it, in Egypt at least, is the fact that it is yet to receive the attention required to address it effectively, bearing in mind the magnitude and seriousness of the issues at hand.…

Green Profile: Interview with Ali Gomaa

Al-Masry Al-Youm met with Ali Gomaa, Grand Mufti of Egypt, as part of our Green Profile series, in which prominent figures discuss pressing environmental issues. Al-Masry Al-Youm: How important is the environment within the Islamic doctrine? And in what way does Islam’s doctrine highlight man’s responsibility towards the environment? Gomaa: In the Islamic worldview, acting as Allah’s…