{originally this website focused only on my environmental work; now changing it to cover different aspects of my focus – apologies for the mess during the refurbishment of this website} – nu ook wat info in het nederlands.

Voor een rechtvaardige, duurzame wereld is het nodig om aandacht te schenken aan alle aspecten van hoe zaken (nu) geregeld zijn. Alle levensgebieden hangen met elkaar samen (een belangrijke inspiratie is mijn ervaring in Argentinie van 1979-1984, alwaar ik naar een Britse school ging, ook in 1982 [mijn beste maatje verloor zijn oudere broers]; mijn vader werkte er voor Shell). En dus besteed ik aandacht aan zoveel mogelijk van deze gebieden.

For my full profile see my LinkedIn profile. I focus on disaster management and (faith-inspired) sustainable development, where feasible in the same sentence. Since some years also increasingly doing intercultural facilitation with Erasmus+ partners (e.g. Soliya, Anna Lindh Foundation, Sharing Perspectives Foundation, UniCollaboration). Member of the IUCN (incl. webmaster of the website of the Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas [CSVPA] group), and active in faith and environment matters (e.g. founding member Perennial Collective, co-founded an award-winning Faith and Climate Change project in Birmingham, UK). I was for many years on the Management Team of the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences (IFEES) and still connected to them. On this blog I originally generally focused on matters environmental and faith, especially using the two in the same sentence. I hope you enjoy, benefit from e.g. any suggestions and ideas to ‘go green’, to (re-) align our daily life with our duty to take care of Creation because: “He it is Who has placed you as viceroys of the earth and has exalted some of you in rank above others [some are rich/ poor; some are strong/ weak etc so each accountable to his/ her ability], that He may try you in the gifts He has given you. Your Lord is swift to requite (evil), and He verily is Forgiving, Merciful.” (Quran, chapter 6, verse 165) – my book ‘199 ways to please God, how to (re-) align your daily life with your duty of care for Creation’ is no longer available. For an idea what it’s about, check my summary.

Also check my profile on Academia.edu, ResearchGate, or ORCID. I am no longer on Twitter. Finances permitting, I would love to spend more time on a PhD on Islam & Environment: comparing the humanitarian aid principle of ‘do no harm’ with the Islamic principle of ‘la darar‘ (do no harm) with regards to sustainable development. So far completed trio of LLM (Leiden University, NL), MA International Politics (CERIS, Belgium/ Paris XI, France) and MSc Development Management (Open University, UK); I also have a Post-Graduate Diploma┬áin Environmental Policy and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Online and Distance Learning (also both Open University, UK). In October 2016 I started a PhD on globalisation and surveillance (with focus on ethical issues in humanitarian aid); due to Brexit, I’ve withdrawn in November ’17 and left the UK for NL. I now focus on intercultural virtual exchange – as a facilitator, trainer, project manager, plus several environment (with or without religious aspect) assignments. I am also an elected politician.

PS: with my interest in Islam, please don’t ask me to (again) condemn violence in the name of Islam, as 1) Islam condemns it (thus do I; please do your own independent research beyond the Islamophobia ‘industry’); 2) Muslims already do it all the time; 3) why should I be held/ feel accountable for deeds I haven’t committed, nor my faith clearly does not condone? I’ll never ask you to individually condemn all deeds done by others whom you happen to share colour, faith (e.g. I don’t assess all Christians by the behaviour of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, or assuming agreement w the Nashville Declaration), nationality, gender etc with … each is responsible for their own deeds and then we have one humanity, hopefully combating hatred jointly, by whomever, and under whatever guise. PEACE.

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