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Intergenerational Climate Collaborative Project

Apr 26, 2020
Panelist photos. “Let’s talk about ways youth and elders can collaborate in the journey to justice for the environment.”

This is just the beginning of an intergenerational, interfaith climate conversation. 

Guest Panelists Matteen Kashef and Savannah Roemhild, students of sustainability and members of the Bahá’í Association at the University of Florida (Gainesville), and Farhang Darabi, an environmental engineer and founder of Darabi and Associates, join hosts Sue Blythe and Chitra Golestani.

Inspired by the Wilmette Institute’s Climate Change course, Sue and Farhang have been facilitating climate conversations in Gainesville, Florida.



Sue Blythe

Sue is grateful to have eight healthy, happy grandchildren.  She says, "I'm doing what I can to create a sustainable, just and peaceful future for my great-great-grandchildren."  Sue coordinates the Climate Collaboratory, a pilot project with We, the World and the University of Florida Extension.  The Baha'i-inspired Interfaith Climate Group is central to the intergenerational Florida Climate Conversation to Action Program.


Matteen Kashef

Matteen Kashef is entering dental school at University of Florida, in Gainesville, Florida. He has recently completed his bachelor's degree in Nutritional Sciences, with a minor in Health Disparities in Society. As he moves forward further into the healthcare setting, he has become more cognizant of the waste that is accumulated. Why is it that there is so much dental waste? What are some ways to reorient our mindset and be more environmentally conscious? And further, what can inspire this new approach to reducing waste and being more sensible for our next generation of healthcare professionals?

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