Reem is a researcher at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR). She examines and works on driving forward environmental and climate justice issues in Egypt. Most of the content published here is part of her research with EIPR; views posted here are her own.
Reem has written 9 posts for just environment

Cold: A silent killer in Egypt

Read the article for Mada Masr by Mika Minio-Paluello and myself on the cold, climate justice, adaptation, and the needed politics of change. Continue reading


Energy policy – more of the same?

Will the current transitional government allow and drive for a serious review of its energy plans in terms of actual external costs, social impacts, and sustainability? Or will the energy policy remain business as usual? Continue reading

Environmentalism – It’s the revolution, stupid!

Of State Environmentalism – and some reflections on what environmentalism should/ not be about. Continue reading

Cement Industry’s Push for Coal

Misr Cement – Qena (a Citadel Capital company) switching to coal at the expense of our health and environment, and these of our future generations, to keep its unjustly huge profits. [featured image source: Inhabitat]

Idku – a neglected town stands up against environmental degradation

How a community plagued by environmental degradation resulting from long-standing unsustainable policies and business cronyism rose up and stood against Big Oil. Continue reading

Egypt’s Proposed Logic-Defying Switch to Coal Is Corrupt

How much sense does Egypt’s proposed switch to coal make? Is switching to an external fossil energy source the answer to our energy problems? Shouldn’t we be investing in building capacity for local, decentralized renewable energy solutions, rather than in the costly infrastructure needed for coal?
On the face of it, the proposed switch to coal is marketed as a solution to Egypt’s sharpening energy crisis, the brunt of which is carried by the citizens and home users, not to mention its effect on vital energy users such as hospitals. However, examination of the published outlines of the plan clearly shows it serves to allow the cement companies to dodge impending energy subsidy reforms and keep their unreasonably high profit margin by opening the door to coal import.
Read why we think you should be concerned about the proposed switch to coal. Continue reading

Forced Eviction Looms Over Dab’ah Again

Forced evictions looms again over the Dab’ah community, this time – according to its statements – the Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA) plans to take matters into its own hands. Read the press release by EIPR.
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Banned in other countries for its dangers, fracking promoted by the government and Shell in Egypt.

Bapetco/ Shell have recently applied hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in one of their Western Desert wells in Egypt, and plan on using the controversial method to extract natural gas in other viable wells they are currently exploring in the area.
Read more about the practice and why Egypt should stop it.
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The People of Dab’ah – 30 Years of Overlooked Injustice and Activism

Read about the Dab’ah community humbling struggle and inspiring campaign against the dispossession of their land and construction of a nuclear power plant and see photos of their activism and resistance. Continue reading