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New report: The Black & Green Conversation – Next Gen 2021

The Black & Green Conversation

In December 2021, we invited Roger Griffith and Gnisha Bevan of Creative Connex consultancy to host an online workshop as part of the Black and Green Ambassadors programme. The idea was to examine with a new set of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic environmentalists to review what had changed since the first Black and Green conversation in 2015, seeking an update on the current challenges and signposting solutions for the future.

The workshop asked questions which were similar to the ones asked six years ago as a comparison study. Since then there has been a climate emergency declared and Covid-19 health concerns causing economic challenges. In addition the statue of slave trader Edward Colston has symbolically fallen here in Bristol as part of the Black Lives Matter protests and we acknowledge the world has very much changed. However the intersectionality of race and the environment is even more amplified.

• What’s Changed from Five Years Ago?
• What are the Barriers to Participation?
• Working in Partnership – What are the Benefits & Challenges?
• What Solutions can we put forward

Key observations

“Whilst the nature of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities continues to change over generations sadly the nature of racism does not. Our long-standing communities or new arrivals to the UK continue to reflect hidden stories that celebrate diversity and inclusion. With increasing evidence of global climate change and increased awareness around the way we live and co-exist following the pandemic have given fresh impetus and opportunities to raise the profile and voice of BAME environmentalists. The death of Ella Kissi-Debrah have brought focus into issues such as clean air in the media. This comprehensive report provides valuable insight into the perception of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic environmentalists on race, environmental racism and Black Lives Matter. It provides awareness on the barriers and challenges to partnership working with mainstream organisations that can provide solutions for future generations. It continues to provide further insight and evidence for the need of future Black and Green ambassadors is to continue to deliver projects that reflect and champion communities and environmentalists of colour.” Roger Griffith & Gnisha Bevan

Our aim is for this comprehensive report to help prepare the road ahead for future projects and activism in Bristol and beyond.