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Food & Climate
Saturday, October 28th, 2023, 4-5:30 pm ET / 10 – 11:30 pm CET / 9-10:30 am (next day) NZDT

Food needs to be grown and processed, transported, distributed, prepared, consumed, and sometimes disposed of. Each of these steps creates greenhouse gasses that trap the sun’s heat and contribute to climate change. About a third of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions is linked to food. 

In this gathering we will explore how we can be more attentive to caring for the world through our food choices. Participants are invited to share information about what their local communities are doing to make the processing and disposal of food more Earth-friendly. You are encouraged to view the online resources listed below prior to our gathering. 

To my mind, the most important thing we can do is learn about our food and how it’s produced. Food is so basic and is tied to everything. It might sound idealistic, but there’s no way around it: humans must inhabit food communities that are ecological and ethical, that grow wholesome food in friendship with the natural world — and this nutritious food has to be available for all. —Eileen Crist, author and environmental scholar and activist whose work focuses on the ecological crisis and its root causes and pathways toward creating an ecological civilization.

Food & Climate is the second part in a three-part series hosted by the Kinship Council of North America & Oceania. Kinship Council member, Batina Sheets, will facilitate our discussion. Additional gatherings are on Kinship with Animals, on Saturday, September 23rd, and Healing the Wounds of Colonialism: A Restorative Justice Approach from New Zealand on Saturday, December 2nd


Events are from 4-5:30 pm New York Time, 10-11:30 pm Paris Time, 9-10:30 am (Next Day) Auckland Time.

All are welcome to attend. This program is open and free to the public. Come to all or any part of the series. Video recordings of each class can be found on the Inayatiyya Vimeo page.

If you have questions about Kinship, or about this series, please email us at



Many aspects of our world are in a state of disruption—the natural world, community cohesion, a sense of respect for differences, and a sense of belonging. Where do we need to focus our attention to nurture a world that works for all? Can we help cultivate a world where animals, plants, ecological systems and disenfranchised communities all have the full respect and consideration for their well-being? This semester we will focus our attention on the care of the animal world, the food we eat, and the possibility of restorative justice for communities that have experienced colonialism. 


Oct 28 2023


4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Oct 28 2023
  • Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm






Language: English


  • Batina Sheets
    Batina Sheets

    Batina Sheets is naturally drawn to the welfare of others. As a child, she witnessed her father’s ministerial care for numerous congregations. That awareness of others took the form of a thirty-year career in Child Protective Services. She has served as an Inayatiyya center leader, retreat guide, Cheraga and is a Suluk graduate. Batina is a member of the Kinship Council and helps coordinate the Murid Emergency Relief Fund since the Fund’s inception in 2011. In large part, her other interests revolve around her husband, Wahhab, their three children, and four grandchildren.