Green Mosul Climate Change International Forum: Challenges and Future Solutions
To celebrate the end of the Green Mosul initiative launched in April 2022 at the Northern Technical University and sponsored by the Crisis and Support Center of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Program on Extremism supported the inauguration of the first international forum on climate change in Mosul. With the support of the Crisis and Support Center of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Green Mosul played an instrumental part in promoting urban greening as a means of postwar stabilization and in raising awareness about climate change. The 2022 forum in Mosul brought together scholars, public officials, national and international organizations, and climate activists, to offer a unique opportunity to discuss climate change, climate action, future challenges, and solutions. More than 9000 trees planted later, Mosul Eye’s Green Mosul initiative is coming to an end. But this also marks a new beginning, as the people of Mosul have planted the seeds of a green future for the city.
Program on Extremism Research Fellow Omar Mohammed has played a key role in supporting the Green Mosul Initiative. Mr. Mohammed continues to advocate for the recovery and cultural heritage of his native city of Mosul. The work of the Mosul Eye Association, the organization founded after his anonymous blogger name 'Mosul Eye' during the Islamic State occupation, has been vital to securing a greener city for generations to come.
Program on Extremism Senior Research Fellow Dr. Haroro J. Ingram attended the forum to present on the role of innovation and youth in climate action and cultural heritage, as well as to moderate a panel discussing the importance of international and local collaboration. Dr. Ingram is the writer and co-host alongside Omar Mohammed of Mosul and the Islamic State, a Program on Extremism podcast series.