The story of Mawj  

In July of last year, a group of youth climate activists and personnel from community and Jordanian universities radio stations came together at the Generations For Peace (GFP) Headquarters for a boot camp aimed at enhancing their podcast content creation skills. 

Their journey then commenced with the goal of producing podcast episodes designed to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change from a peer-to-peer perspective. Another objective was to illuminate the most significant environmental challenges prevalent in their localities. The podcasts incorporated expert opinions and explored potential solutions throughout a series of episodes that resonates to the realities of youth in the Northern, Central, and Southern governorates of Jordan, under the name of Mawj.  

The series comprises six episodes: Hawa Janouby, Sihati Manakh, Endak Bahriyah, Erth Bladi, Plasticaty, and Basmati Carbonia. Eighteen youths spearheaded the production of these podcasts, implemented by GFP with the support from the Direct Aid Programme -the Australian Embassy in Amman. 

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Southern Winds: Navigating Climate Dynamics and Employment | Hawa Janoubi

The negative connotation of the phrase “climate change” often overshadows the positive aspect, which is quite natural given the anticipated consequences for our planet if we don’t take timely action. However, in the “Hawa Janoubi” episode of Mawj Podcast, we explore together how a negative crisis can transform into creative opportunities. Fields such as eco-tourism, green economy, and hydroponic agriculture open doors for the youth of Jordan, especially in the southern region, for employment and engagement, provided they are utilised correctly. We engage with experts and young individuals who share their stories and ideas, detailing how they managed to overcome numerous challenges to become active participants in climate action despite difficult circumstances. 

My Health, My Climate: Understanding the Interconnection | Sihhati Manakh

Climate change not only threatens our planet but stands as the most significant health challenge facing humanity. In the “Sihhati Manakh” episode of the Mawj podcast, we shed light on the link between changing weather patterns and the increasing spread of diseases. We explore how climate change, along with associated factors such as air and water pollution, can elevate cancer rates and other insect-borne illnesses, putting pressure on healthcare services. We delve into the centre region suffering from air pollution due to factories, and a Jordanian mother in the area shares the risks of factory emissions for her children’s health. We speak with experts, examine the government’s perspective, and explore their measures to alleviate the health impacts on both residents and the factory workers themselves. 

Our Coral Reef: Standing Resilient Against Climate Change | Endak Bahriah

Coral reefs are more threatened than ever by climate change, but in the Gulf of Aqaba, unlike any other sea, they stand as a resilient treasure despite all odds. In the episode “Endak Bahriah” of the Mawj podcast, we highlight the treasure of Aqaba, as mentioned by His Majesty King Abdullah II in his speech at the COP28 climate summit – the coral reefs. We explore their vital characteristics that aid in adaptation and resilience against rising temperatures. We speak with experts in the field and learn about the first underwater military maritime museum, designed to be a diving destination for enthusiasts while simultaneously preserving marine life in the Red Sea. 

Our Heritage: The Impact of Climate on Our Legacy | Erth Bladi

The Jordanian heritage holds a unique beauty, gaining uniqueness when described by the elders and resilience when preserved by the youth. In the episode “Erth Bladi” of the Mawj podcast, we discuss the impact of climate change on our heritage. We speak with a prominent resident of Um Qais who takes us on a journey through the history of the ancient city, discussing how it has been affected by wars and evolved over time. Then, we shed light on expert opinions discussing initiatives that protect our archaeological landmarks from the effects of climate change, adding to their resilience. We also hear the perspective of those who view these landmarks as a sanctuary and a preferred destination. Our discussion extends to the story of a sustainable restaurant run by a family in Ajloun. 

My Plastics: A Climate Conscious Perspective | Plasticaty

A material we heavily rely on in our daily lives. While some use it without awareness of its environmental risks, there are many individuals, initiatives, and organisations working to minimise its impact. In the “Plasticaty” episode of Mawj podcast, we explore the extent of the damage caused by the plastic industry and plastic waste on our planet in general, and particularly on the enchanting northern forests. We seek to understand, from experts, the initial steps to prevent this harm rather than just mitigating it. We engage with local initiatives actively addressing the issue and examine government perspectives. Then, we endeavour to explore more sustainable alternatives. 

Climate Action: Bridging Jordan’s Grassroots with Australian Perspectives

The term “carbon footprint” may sound complex and unclear to many of us, but in this episode of Mawj podcast, this term is explored in connection to our daily lives. The episode begins with the role of the individual, exploring how a mother and a grandmother can preserve the climate through her daily practices and pass on this awareness to her family members. The focus then shifts to the role of countries in reducing carbon emissions, examining how countries like Australia support youth climate initiatives in Jordan. Returning to Jordan, the episode features Generations For Peace, an minimise that started with themselves, initiating climate action and awareness internally before starting a journey with the youth. In this episode, it becomes clear that every step, no matter how small it may seem, is crucial for preserving our planet.