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Mada Fyah

Mada Fyah

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The climate crisis has arrived on Belize’s shores and will require collective effort to create a just, liveable future. On Mada Fyah, join André Habet as he talks to guests who share their insights on the state of Belize’s environment.
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Port Of Belize Revised: Talking Punctuation and Environmental Legislation with Yaya Marin Coleman
Port Of Belize Revised: Talking Punctuation and Environmental Legislation with Yaya Marin Coleman
In this episode of Mada Fyah, André Habet and guest Yaya Marin Coleman continue their conversation on the proposed cruise terminal and cargo expansion project at Port of Belize following the September 1 public consultation about the revised Environmental Impact Assessment. They discuss how the consultation went, the difference between a hearing and a consultation, and how environmental regulation has changed through revisions to legislation.
58:27
September 15, 2022
Talking Escazú Agreement with YaYa Marin Coleman
Talking Escazú Agreement with YaYa Marin Coleman
On the first episode of Mada Fyah after our extended hiatus, André Habet talks to returning guests and comrade YaYa Marin Coleman about the Escazú Agreement,  an international treaty signed by 25 Latin American and Caribbean nations concerning the rights of access to information about the environment, public participation in environmental decision-making, environmental justice, and a healthy and sustainable environment for current and future generations. If you'd like your organization added to the list of contacts for the Escazú Agreement's awareness campaign, please visit this Google Doc and add your org's name and a URL or contact number/email. For more on the Escaú Agreement, check out Krem Sunday Review's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/krem.sundayreview) for upcoming conversations with community leaders and experts from across the Caribbean and the rest of the world.
01:24:45
April 14, 2022
Croc Talk with the Crocodile Research Coalition
Croc Talk with the Crocodile Research Coalition
On this episode of Mada Fyah, Andre talks to Dassia Regada and Jonathan Tremillo of the Crocodile Research Coalition regarding their efforts to relocate crocodiles and teach people about the significance of crocodiles to Belize as biological indicators.  Crocodile Research Coalition FB page https://www.facebook.com/crocodileresearchcoalition/ Mada Fyah FB page https://www.facebook.com/MadaFyah/
45:14
October 25, 2021
Rendering Climate Change Stories with Tom Hines
Rendering Climate Change Stories with Tom Hines
On this episode, André Habet talks to Tom Hines, a videographer with Feste Films and the creator of several videos chronicling the effects of climate change on Dangigra and the surrounding area. André spoke to Tom about what made him decide to develop these videos and how they align with his goal of increasing awareness of the effects climate change is already having on Belize. 
48:22
October 04, 2021
seaWEEED!!! Formulations with Jolie Pollard of Ikooma
seaWEEED!!! Formulations with Jolie Pollard of Ikooma
For this episode, host André Habet spoke to Jolie Pollard, founder, formulator, and manager of the haircare brand Ikooma. Ikooma is a seaweed-based line of haircare products that Pollard created over years of trial and error. Now two years into selling her products, Pollard spoke to me about her journalism past, her formulation process and her work with Placencia seaweed farmers whose labor forms the basis of her product. It was a great conversation with a few fun tangents. Hope you enjoy it. Ikooma https://ikoomahair.com/
58:01
September 27, 2021
Following the Path of the Next Generation: Youth Climate Activist Kiefer Mes
Following the Path of the Next Generation: Youth Climate Activist Kiefer Mes
In this episode of Mada Fyah André talks to Belizean youth climate activist Kiefer Mes. Kiefer is the president of the Southern Youth Development Organization and was recently selected to represent Belize at the Global Conference of Youth in Scotland, the largest youth event that unites youth activists to discuss with global leaders solutions to environmental problems such as climate change. Kiefer talks to André about his perspective on the climate crisis as a young activist in light of a survey report released the week of September 13 by Oxford University, showing that young folks across ten countries are overwhelmingly scared for their future in light of the impacts of global warming. He also discusses his early environmental education, his interest in mangrove planting, and his hopes for what the national government can do to mitigate the worse of the climate crisis. 'Young People's Voices on Climate Anxiety, Government Betrayal and Moral Injury: A Global Phenomenon' by Elizabeth Marks et al https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3918955 Kiefer Mes' online fundraiser to cover the cost of the trip https://gogetfunding.com/coy/?fbclid=IwAR3mdPmfyU50NiBoWSWWDV2K1JnAsBIjHMvt45iKWv_L4-YaSWWRnn7QXdQ
27:43
September 20, 2021
Starting the Conversation Among Community: Talking Port of Belize with Yaya Marin Coleman
Starting the Conversation Among Community: Talking Port of Belize with Yaya Marin Coleman
In this episode, I’m sharing an interview with Yaya Marin Coleman, a community organizer and grassroots journalist currently investigating Port Loyola constituent’s familiarity with the Port of Belize Expansion project in Belize City. She shares with me her start in community work from an early age, her thoughts on how organizing can be made most effective, and her take on how Belizeans might proceed from here in reconstructing existing government systems to better serve more Belizeans. Escazu Agreement Visual Explainer https://observatoriop10.cepal.org/sites/default/files/escazu_agreement_art_7_en.pdf
59:53
September 07, 2021
Mangrove Guerilla Planting with Allie Johnstone
Mangrove Guerilla Planting with Allie Johnstone
In this episode, André Habet talks to Allie Johnstone who both independently and as a part of Caye Caulker Strong has dedicated much of the past two decades towards mangrove restoration projects on and around Caye Caulker. André and Allie discuss the origins of her interest in mangroves, her early days of guerilla planting on the island, and Caye Caulker Strong's efforts to shift people's views of mangroves as the essential wonders they are. The Belize Mangrove Conservation Network https://www.facebook.com/groups/111537467026  
37:00
August 16, 2021
'It's Tough Defining Watersheds': A Conversation with Maria Pech of Steadfast Tourism and Conservation Association (STACA)
'It's Tough Defining Watersheds': A Conversation with Maria Pech of Steadfast Tourism and Conservation Association (STACA)
André talks to Maria Pech from Steadfast Tourism and Conservation Association (STACA). The two talk about environmental education, how STACA works to maintain community involvement and their efforts to conserve the North Stann Creek and Mullins River watersheds through data collection and community dialogues. Check out STACA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stacaassistant28
41:38
August 02, 2021
The One About the Theme Song (A Conversation with Alexander Evans)
The One About the Theme Song (A Conversation with Alexander Evans)
Continuing our pause in our usual coverage, this week on Mada Fyah we bring you an interview with Alexander Evans, the composer, musician and teacher behind the Mada Fyah theme song in addition to co-founder of the Belize Afro-Indigenous Institute For The Visual And Performing Arts. They will be hosting a virtual event on August 1, 2021 called Sambai to commemorate Belize's first state-recognized Emancipation Day. More on Sambai here: https://www.facebook.com/events/827744634605549/?ti=ls
47:03
July 26, 2021
Kombucha, Crochet, and the Rest: A Conversation with Zyania Alonzo
Kombucha, Crochet, and the Rest: A Conversation with Zyania Alonzo
For this episode, we're taking a break from our regular coverage to bring you a conversation with friend of the podcast, Zyania Alonzo. In addition to being a brilliant artist, Zyania is also the owner of the kombucha company Longivetea and her eponymous crocheted item store Zyania. We talk about her curiosity, her passion for experimentation and taste test three kombucha flavors she’s working on. It’s a fun conversation that hopefully serves as a reminder of what we’re fighting for: to time and ability our crafts, to form community, and determine ways to do so while exploring our identities, including our connection to the world beyond ourselves. Zyania Alonzo https://zyaniaalonzo.com/ Longevitea https://www.instagram.com/longevitea.bz/?igshid=kizzyhki3luq
52:35
July 19, 2021
Hurricanes with NEMO, Climate Catastrophe and Embroidery
Hurricanes with NEMO, Climate Catastrophe and Embroidery
On this episode, André and Digna talk about hurricanes with Shelton Defour, National Coordinator for the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) to discuss NEMO’s role in emergency response during hurricanes, the role civilians play in emergency response, and how global warming is altering the way storms move and change. Additionally, André interviews Katie Numi Usher and Mercy Sabal, two artists unveiling a collaborative embroidery show at the rebranded Imagination Factri in Belize City on July 15, 2021. Katie Numi Usher and Mercy Sabal Interview transcript https://docs.google.com/document/d/18lp2pG6kJtHn5BJvmb5eXZdfXhMhcnYBMMBcU0VUiIA/edit?usp=sharing Mr. Defour, NEMO National Coordinator Interview Transcript https://docs.google.com/document/d/18pq7KJ90aL5fYdArMdqAKB1x5rz0q_WwEFcG4JFCm8g/edit?usp=sharing NEMO's website http://site.nemo.org.bz/ the newsletter piece by Alex Steffen referenced in the show's opening https://alexsteffen.substack.com/p/were-not-yet-ready-for-whats-already More information on the embroidery show https://www.facebook.com/imagefactoryartfoundation/photos/a.144323447888/10159564164287889/
01:03:05
July 12, 2021
Talking Mangroves with Nadia Bood of World Wildlife Fund
Talking Mangroves with Nadia Bood of World Wildlife Fund
On this episode of Mada Fyah, André Habet talks to Nadia Bood of the World Wildlife Fund about mangroves. They go over the significance of mangroves to Belize's ecological well-being, their role in coastal conservation, and efforts to educate the public on their restoration and ecosystem services. André also doubles up on his moment of gratitude and minute of rage in Digna's absence. ‘Eye of fire’: Gas leak sparks huge blaze on ocean surface off Mexico https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/03/eye-of-fire-gas-leak-sparks-huge-blaze-on-ocean-surface-off-mexico Interview Transcript https://docs.google.com/document/d/17YVTV1GGyGhIfxANc64eS-RRS3-KRQ1a1EaXawrfEbk/edit?usp=sharing
36:20
July 06, 2021
Conservation Financing and Belize's Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT)
Conservation Financing and Belize's Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT)
In this episode of Mada Fyah andré and Digna talk to Mr. Ismael Teul and Mr. Andre Marsden from Belize's Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT), a unique nationally conservation financing organization, to help better understand PACT’s scope of work and to talk about where PACT is now after 25 years since its founding. andré also talks to his nephew Theo about his theory on what killed the dinosaurs, and the hosts share their minute of rage|moment of gratitude. Mada Fyah will no longer be on Youtube. interview transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/16o48jseiIaHzwyWJJ5rC_V63poMW_KpGBIlvUoRmozY/edit?usp=sharing 'How to listen to podcasts: everything you need to know' by Rowan Slaney, 'The Guardian' https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/oct/07/how-to-listen-to-podcasts-everything-you-need-to-know
44:19
June 28, 2021
The Gillnet Ban Rises
The Gillnet Ban Rises
Our third installment in our series on the gillnet ban that went into effect in November 2020. andré talks to fishers that support the ban, Digna shares her experience receiving her first dose of the Astra Zeneca vaccine, and the two share their thoughts on where they've landed in regards with the ban. Plus, their moment of gratitude|minute of rage, and a special cameo from andré's niece and nephew. The recent review ruling regarding the gillnet ban. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uHEbfMI4k_blywF4JIrz4a38EAEcaomX/view?usp=sharing Mada Fyah Patreon https://www.patreon.com/madafyah interview transcript https://docs.google.com/document/d/17Tc7SpYWae17ZK93lvazMBeISMpixuwiGeAPjPsSJqQ/edit?usp=sharing listen on Youtube https://youtu.be/PJ1kBjtTVV8
54:04
June 21, 2021
Covid-19 and Vaccines
Covid-19 and Vaccines
On this episode of Mada Fyah, andré and Digna talk about Covid-19 and the vaccines. They get into medical racism, vaccine hesitancy, and André's experience getting the first dose. In the episode's interview they also talk to Dr. Beer from the Ministry of Health and Wellness to get some answers to our listeners' questions submitted to our Facebook page. Get the vaccine. It'll save your life. Interview Transcript https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IvG2SKwR7owShgZkJpSberv-fYZXDlUv7UK2CG2Pmk8/edit?usp=sharing Listen on Youtube https://youtu.be/_tv6ciLCWcg
46:34
June 14, 2021
Forest Conservation
Forest Conservation
On this episode of Mada Fyah, André and Digna talk to Dr. Elma Kay of the University of Belize Environmental Research Institute (UBERI) about forest conservation in Belize, including the Maya Forest Corridor in Central, a new trust in development intended to connect Belize's Maya Mountains and Northern Reserve. They also discuss carbon and carbon rights, Dr. Kay's early experiences in the forest and Digna and André share their moment of gratitude and minute of rage. Green Wars: Conservation and Decolonization in the Maya Forest by Megan Ybarra (https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520295186/green-wars) A Guardian article on The Nature Conservancy https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/22/teeming-with-biodiversity-activists-buy-up-belize-rainforest-to-stop-logging-in-perpetuity-aoe Listen on Youtube https://youtu.be/4XFtoYr0QiU Interview Transcript https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ndq0v8ximOLsD6qRfsikeXN-mfewJVCIRTBIA_mH1WY/edit?usp=sharing
47:00
June 07, 2021
Permakulcha
Permakulcha
On the seventh episode of Mada Fyah, Digna and André talk permaculture with Christopher Nesbitt, farmer and steward of Maya Mountain Research Farm (https://www.facebook.com/MayaMountainResearchFarm). The hosts and Nesbitt talk about how permaculture differs from the industrial monocrop paradigm, and how industrial agriculture can adapt to better care for the environment and profit employees. Listen on Youtube https://youtu.be/hwqrDK1WLPA Interview Transcript https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vEwRNFmkX5FKpTiHoP9CZvTlhvJ8OXJjSEbY2LBFHiU/edit?usp=sharing
49:45
May 31, 2021
We Started the Fire: On Forest Fire Management
We Started the Fire: On Forest Fire Management
Digna and André talk forest fire management with Eugenio Ah and Gustavo Requena of Ya'axché Conservation Trust and Mario Muschamp of Toledo Institute for Development and the Environment (TIDE). The three guests share their insights and experiences developing forest fire management programs in broadleaf, pine, and savannah ecosystems in Belize and discuss the causes of fire and ways Belizeans can better address them. Bonus: Digna is back and shares with André her experiences working with the Friends of Conservation and Development (FCD) on their scarlet macaw monitoring program!!! Interview Transcript https://docs.google.com/document/d/16B-xzbwxD98gdFETPpI_OlHDVRkGJ4orqx7QuCJfpbI/edit?usp=sharing Listen on Youtube https://youtu.be/sH1AMB_lhOw The Wildland Fire Management Policy and Strategy in development since 2009 (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dqWD0d4722097iNrClNqtb5gFDVBS5gp/view?usp=sharing) If you'd like to donate to Ya'axché's fire management efforts, visit here (https://yaaxche.org/support-us/get-involved/). If you'd like to donate to TIDE's fire management efforts, visit here (https://tidebelize.org/) FCD's scarlet macaw monitoring project described here (https://belizebirdconservancy.org/scarlet-macaw-project)
01:00:45
May 24, 2021
The Gillnet Ban Revisited
The Gillnet Ban Revisited
In this episode, André uses Digna's time back-a-bush to get some poetry with Khaila Gentle (https://kgentlewrites.com/) whose debut poetry collection 'Crossroads' will be released on May 18, 2021.    After that, André follows up on episode 3's coverage of the gillnet ban with an interview with members of the Belize Fishermen's Cooperative Association who are opposed to the ban and are seeking to have it rescinded. To listen on Youtube.
54:39
May 19, 2021
Watersheds and the Rio Grande River Keepers
Watersheds and the Rio Grande River Keepers
In this episode, André and Digna introduce a new segment, discuss the importance of watersheds then interview the Rio Grande River Keepers regarding their efforts to restore the Rio Grande watershed. Youtube link https://youtu.be/7oDoUQn2hnI Interview Transcript https://docs.google.com/document/d/13VJCcl2GQ4_Fdo5jasaAQWo5UJPVR6VP-LZxLAbZdF4/edit?usp=sharing
51:08
May 10, 2021
The Belize Gillnet Ban
The Belize Gillnet Ban
On Mada Fyah's third episode, Digna and André discuss the history of fishing in Belize then talk about the gillnet ban that went into effect in Belize in November 2020.    They first discuss their relationship with fishing before talking to Andrew Roe, Chair of the Coalition for Sustainable Fisheries.   Transcript for Interview with Andrew Roe, Chair of the Coalition for Sustainable Fisheries.  https://docs.google.com/document/d/13RDNR8NKoNImNTaUoPk0F-Aj-fnlQuL7L04v4gPdHLQ/edit?usp=sharing
51:34
May 03, 2021
Belize Says No to Cruise Ports
Belize Says No to Cruise Ports
In Mada Fyah's second episode, Digna and André talk about the three cruise developments currently undergoing consideration and development in the Belize City area. First, they talk about their prior knowledge about the cruise ship industry then provide commentary about Michael Ashcroft's April 23rd appearance on Open Your Eye, dissecting his argument regarding the benefits of the port expansion project. In the last segment, they talk to  to Lisa Carne of Fragments of Hope to get a better understanding about the impact dredging has had on marine environments, and the impact cruise port development would have on the marine and coastal environment. An Introductory slideshow to cruise port developments in Belize City https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1d_6fWJm7WjGScxRfe1fosf-sSQajQ1PScq2sZwpFhO8/edit#slide=id.p Lisa Carne Interview Transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/12vOS7CKKhVkJqXeDG2uGmS8CniO3hrpFW27cJFS2vco/edit
01:24:58
April 26, 2021
Premiere Episode
Premiere Episode
Our first episode! The climate crisis has arrived on Belize’s shores and will require collective effort to create a just, liveable future. On Mada Fyah, join André & Digna as they interview guests and share their insights on the state of Belize’s environment. For Mada Fyah's inaguaral episode, André and Digna give some background on the history of the climate crisis, how the climate crisis is playing out in Belize, and what got them invested in the fight for a just transition. Episode Transcript https://docs.google.com/document/d/12IYQz8ds_2oUts171JtI61z00cB6EyzyMfFA1pUUl1o/edit?usp=sharing Theme music by Alexander Evans IG: @alexanderevansmusic
56:43
April 19, 2021