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Mada Fyah

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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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


26 Jul 2021

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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


19 Jul 2021

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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/

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12 Jul 2021

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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


6 Jul 2021

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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


28 Jun 2021

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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


21 Jun 2021

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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


14 Jun 2021

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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


7 Jun 2021

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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


31 May 2021

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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)


24 May 2021

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