MSA Green Week: Friday, Feb. 15th

We hope you enjoyed yesterday’s workshop and dinner. For our last daily challenge, MSA’s Green Week team is focusing on transportation.

Tips:

  • Carpool | Two people carpooling lessens the impact of a trip by half, three people carpooling lessens it by two-thirds, and so on.
  • Take the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator if possible. It’s good for your body and the environment.
  • Try more environmentally friendly commutes to school or work. The No Impact Week guide ranks them in order of harmful impact on the environment
    1. Walking (nature’s transport)
    2. Bicycling
    3. Other non-motorized transportation
    4. Public transportation (bus first, train/subway second)
    5. Multiple-occupancy car
    6. Single-occupancy car

Islamic inspiration

  • The Prophet (peace be upon him) declared, “The world is beautiful and verdant, and verily Allah (SWT), be he exalted, has made you His stewards in it, and He sees how you acquit yourselves” (Muslim).
  • The prophet (pbuh) said, “Prevention of damage and corruption before it occurs is better than treatment after it occurs […] The averting of harm takes precedence over the acquisition of benefits” (Majallat al-Akham al-Adliya).

MSA Green Week: Wednesday, Feb. 13th

For Day Three of Green Week, we’re drawing our challenges from the same Green Muslims No Impact Week guide that we used yesterday. Today, though, we’re shifting our focus from what goes out to what comes in. In other words, today our Daily Challenge deals with food. Try some of these the next time you plan your meals and go shopping.

Tips:

  • Eat local food | How many miles did your food travel to reach you? Reduce your carbon footprint by reducing your food-miles and eating locally. Imported perishable foods can have an especially high impact on the environment considering that they have to be refrigerated along the way as well.
    • Visit the Ann Arbor Farmers Market in Kerrytown (315 Detroit Street) on Saturdays between 8 AM and 3 PM, January through April.
  • Eat organic and avoid pesticides in produce | The more organic your diet is, the fewer harmful effects there are on your body and the environment.
  • Eat completely Halal | If you eat meat, try something that’s both raised and slaughtered in a Halal manner. In addition to finding (for example) meat that is slaughtered Halal, find meat that was raised in a cruelty-free manner.
  • Don’t eat in excess | Maintain a diet that doesn’t require that you take more than what you need from nature. It’s better for both your body and the environment.

Islamic inspirations for the day:

  • “O Children of Adam! Wear your beautiful apparel at every time and place of prayer; eat and drink, but waste not by excess, for Allah loveth not the wasters” (31:5).
  • “O ye people! Eat of what is on earth, Lawful and good, and do not follow the footsteps of the evil one, for he is to you an avowed enemy” (2:168).

MSA Green Week: Tuesday, Feb. 12th

Welcome to day two of MSA’s Green Week! Our challenge today, adapted from the No Impact Week guide by Green Muslims DC, is called “No Waste.” The plan is evident from the title: try generating zero waste today. Find ways to reuse or recycle anything that would otherwise go to waste, including items that normally go into trash cans. The idea is to get your creative juices flowing as you think of ways to keep items in use for as long as you can. No matter how much you can reduce your waste by, remember to collect your recyclables and bring them to 4448 East Hall this Thursday!

To help keep you motivated, here’s an Islamic inspiration. Later, we’ll post some facts we can all use to think about our consumption habits.

“But waste not in excess: for Allah loveth not the wasters” (6:141), (7:31).

MSA Green Week: Monday, Feb. 11th

February 11th marks the start of MSA’s Green Week, a project organized by our Green Muslims Team. Check out the flyer below for a list of the week’s events. In addition to uploading the usual announcements and creative content by MSA-ers, we’ll be tweeting and posting to the blog throughout the week with challenges, daily themes, and Islamic inspirations. Today we leave you with this interview (featuring Kristiane Backer, the brains behind the “Inspired by Muhammed” campaign) and details about a special challenge. This week, we encourage our readers in MSA to collect their empty pop cans and bottles and bring them to East Hall on Thursday–the proceeds from recycling them will go to our Relay for Life team, who really appreciates the support.

Green Week Flyer