The Black & Green Ambassadors programme marked the end of Year One (of a three year programme) yesterday at Bristol’s Festival of the Future City – with outgoing Ambassadors Asia, Roy and Olivia sharing their reflections from an unforgettable year and handing over the baton to the next four Ambassadors.
This event comes a year after the 2020 re-launch of the Black & Green Ambassadors with a three-year programme set to scale up its efforts to empower new leaders to work with and between diverse communities, businesses, other organisations and individuals to explore, amplify and enable solutions leading to an environmentally and socially just future for all. Building on the work of the pioneering pilot project, Asia Yousif, Olivia Sweeney and Roy Kareem joined the programme as the first annual cohort of Ambassadors.
Throughout 2020-2021, the Ambassadors undertook skills training and mentorship to support their leadership development, whilst participating in a wide range of local and national forums, events, campaigns and media opportunities. They developed a programme of radio shows, workshops and collaborations, and each undertook a community research project to frame questions and gather the evidence needed to advocate for change locally and further afield as well as identifying tangible solutions
Alongside a newly commissioned film and the October 2021 Black & Green Radio show, this report shares highlights from their journey and celebrates the voices of those who participated.
Programmes such as this are vital in amplifying the voices and needs of Bristol’s underrepresented communities. Achieving a just transition to carbon neutrality will ensure we all benefit from the new jobs and investment created by meeting the challenges that climate change presents. If we can better understand how people are impacted differently, we will be able to take action to make Bristol a better connected and healthier place for everyone, with inclusive, sustainable economic growthMarvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol
- Watch the event film below.
- Read the end of year one report and watch the film to hear Asia, Roy and Olivia reflections on their time as Ambassadors
- Tune in to hear from both the outgoing and new Ambassadors in the next Black & Green Radio show on Ujima Radio 98fm on Thursday 28 October, 10am – 12pm
- Meet the new Ambassadors for 2021-2022
- Look out for coverage of Olivia and Roy’s time at COP26 on 5 November as they present at the UNFCCC COP26 Global Action Hub.
- Read the Black & Green Ambassadors: Next Generation Report from Roger Griffith and Gnisha Bevan at Creative Connex
With thanks to our three-year programme supporters: The National Lottery Community Fund, Bristol City Council and Andrew Garrad
Our annual sponsors: Bristol Energy Coop and Low Carbon Gordon (Megawatt grant fund) – Years One & Two, First Base – Year One, Society of Merchant Venturers – Year One, Triodos Bank – Year Two
Our annual contributors: Bristol Friends of the Earth Supporters Group – Years One & Two, Bristol Health Partners – Year One, Thrive Renewables – Years One & Two, Iain McGuffog – Years One & Two
If you would like to learn more about opportunities to support Year Two, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
If you could offer mentorship to new Ambassadors, register your interest here.