A young woman who is deeply inspired to spread awareness about the impact of modern lifestyle choices on our health and our earth.
Haya does the gritty work.
The technical: endlessly translating trending social media campaigns to Arabic to get the message across to our community.
The uncomfortable: willing to reach out to people of all backgrounds and ages with no promise of any appreciation or validation in return.
I first met Haya at a Green Living talk she gave at Words Bookstore Cafe where I learned a ton about why using cleaner, natural products at home matters. Here are two simple natural home cleaners from her that I’ll be trying.
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 tablespoons baking soda
few drops of an essential oil (e.g. tea tree, lavender, lemongrass, lemon)
50% white vinegar
few drops of an essential oil (e.g. lavender)
As a fellow environmentalist, I know how challenging it can be to be the one telling people that our lifestyle choices have consequences. So what makes someone like Haya take the time to do that, on every environmental topic imaginable, over and over again?
Because she knows that the stakes are high. Because she cares about your health, the health of children and of people everywhere. Because she hasn’t given up on anybody transforming their lives for the better. Because she hasn’t given up on earth.
It reminds me of a quote from a Parks & Recreation episode where the main character, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), talks about why she has gotten up each day to serve the community when it’s a job that’s undervalued. She quotes Roosevelt, saying,
“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
These are the threads that hold our community together.
For more on Haya see @green.sprouts