In association with the University of Sheffield Sustainability Committee
Climate change is a global justice issue at heart. Social and environmental issues are always deeply connected, and the same structures that devastate the environment also perpetuate racial inequalities. Communities in the Global South, indigenous groups and poorer communities, often consisting of people of colour, suffer the economic and social impacts of climate change disproportionately. Yet their voices are often silenced or relegated to footnotes, while voices from white and privileged backgrounds dominate the environmental movement. So, how exactly is climate change connected to race, and why can’t it be separated from issues such as migration and social inequality? Join our fantastic panel of experts to discuss why it’s essential to reframe the current conversation around climate change in order to understand it from a broader perspective, diversify the movement and enact change for the future.
Our panel includes:
Judy Ling Wong CBE OBE - painter, poet and environmentalist best known as the founder, Honorary President and former UK Director of the Black Environment Network, which works across diverse sectors to engage citizens in sustainable development, integrating social, cultural and environmental concerns. Judy received an OBE in 2000 in recognition of her work in establishing ethnic environmental participation, and a CBE in 2007 for services to heritage.
Asad Rehman - Executive Director of War on Want, an organisation that fights against the root causes of poverty and human rights violation, as part of the worldwide movement for global justice. Previously, Asad was Head of International Climate at Friends of the Earth, and has over 25 years’ experience in the non-governmental and charity sector. Asad has also served on the boards of Amnesty International UK, Global Justice Now and Newham Monitoring Project.
Angela Chan - founder of Worm, a creative platform that focuses on decolonial climate and social justice to work in solidarity and with queer, trans, Indigenous, Black and People of colour. A "creative climate change communicator", Angela has worked in climate arts and sustainability with numerous non-profit organisations and arts institutions in London, such as Julie's Bicycle and the V&A Museum.
Natasha Mumbi Nkonde - regional organiser of Edge Fund, a grant-making body that supports efforts to achieve social, economic and environmental justice. Natasha is also active within Black Lives Matter UK and End Deportations.
This event is part of the 'Our Planet' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield Climate Alliance and Regather.