The Environment: A black and white issue?
Date: Friday 15 October
Venue: Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, London
This event is being organised by The Asian Health Agency (TAHA) – BME Leadership and Engagement Project – in collaboration with Global Action Plan (GAP) and The Climate Outreach and Information Network (COIN). The seminar is part of a series of events being organised to explore environmental equality and the under-representation of BME individuals and groups in environmental issues. Climate change affects us all, it stands in the way of achieving the fair and prosperous world we all deserve yet the current UK environmental movement represents only a narrow section of our society. Bringing together community leaders, policy makers and NGOs we hope to explore the barriers to and opportunities created by greater inclusion of BME voices in the debate.
Objectives of the meeting:
- To share perspectives on environment and the role individuals and communities can play in responding to environmental change
- To identify barriers that prevent BME individuals and organisations from engaging further in the environmental debate, locally, practically and politically
- To consider ways to facilitate increased representation and leadership among BME communities on environmental issues
- To build leadership capacity among BME Migrant and Refugee communities
Seminar targeted at:
Individuals, Community Activists and Leaders, Community Representatives from Diverse BME Communities, Voluntary Sector and Professionals from Statutory Agencies, other agencies involved in or interested in Environmental and Climate Change issues.
This is a free event but places must be booked in advance
9:30 Registration, Tea and Coffee
10:00 Poem 1: Zemikael Habte-Mariam, Freelance Poet and Consultant
10:10 Context and Scene Setting: Aymero Gebremeskel, TAHA’s BME Leadership and Engagement Project
10:30 Environment and Social Justice: Jean Lambert MEP Q&A
10.50 Climate Change, Human Rights and Migration: Tim Baster, CEO COIN Q&A
11:10 BME Communities and the Environment: Tsegaye Yohannes Deres, Former CEO, Evelyn Oldfield Unit
11.30 The Need for Community Engagement – Bridging the Gap: Trewin Restorick, GAP Q&A
11.50 Plenary and Looking Forward: Talking tables: discussion/learning outcomes. Your chance to respond to and discuss the talks, and share your own thoughts and experiences on the issues raised.
1.00 Poem 2: Zemikael Habte-Mariam, Freelance Poet and Consultant
1:05 Lunch and Networking