Ujima Radio - Black & Green Ambassadors

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A global celebration of diverse leadership on sustainability and
climate justice at the Black & Green Ambassadors re-launch

  • Climate crisis is one of the most urgent and crucial issues the human race is facing – the fight to address it must reflect all communities affected and involved

  • In developing the next generation of leaders, the Black and Green Ambassadors Programme seeks to engage with diverse organisations and communities on environmental issues in Bristol and beyond.

  • The launch of the next phase comes at a pivotal moment for the city to transition to a fair and sustainable future, with the launch attracting interest and support from across the city region, as well as nationally and internationally.

On Monday 30th November, over 200 people tuned in to help launch the next phase of the pioneering Black & Green Ambassadors programme – set to scale up its efforts to empower new leaders to work with and between diverse communities, businesses, other organisations and individuals on issues of sustainability, equality, diversity and inclusion. Their work will engage in and champion practices and initiatives aimed at an environmentally thriving and socially just future for all and work towards ensuring
the environmental movement is inclusive and representative of all communities.

Environmentalists, community activists, civic and cultural leaders, businesses, local groups, artists and many more attended to hear about the critical importance of recognising, engaging and celebrating all communities and activities in the movement for environmental sustainability and social justice for all people and all parts of this planet we inhabit.

Keynote speaker Julian Agyeman - Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University, Boston, spoke of ‘just sustainabilities’ – the need to ensure ‘a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems’. His inspiring presentation shared reflections from Boston and Minneapolis to Bristol, and
invited Bristol to think about the centrality of co-existence in shared space and the need for social justice to be intentional, implicit and front and center in our work.

Messages of support also came in from representatives from Ecuador, Nicaragua and Hannover, from reggae artist and activist Macka B, and from the Mayor of Nantes, which like Bristol is a former European Green Capital City – in addition to Bristol West Labour MP Thangam Debbonaire and three women recently named in the BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Power 2020 list, Brighton Pavilion Green MP
Caroline Lucas, Judy Ling Wong CBE and Mya-Rose Craig. The launch event also amplified local community-led, grass roots projects working towards a fair and green future.

Handing on the baton, Zakiya McKenzie and Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley reflected on their experiences as the pioneering first Black & Green Ambassadors and led a conversation with new Ambassadors - Asia Yousif, Olivia Sweeney and Roy Kareem – on topics including connection to nature, the people who inspired their journey to become Ambassadors, and the importance of visibility and opportunities for
diverse voices to be at the centre of building this green new world we are all aiming for.

To set the scene for this next phase of the programme, the event amplified the vision and mission of the programme, alongside the reveal of a brand new logo - a bold leaf with shades of green on one half, to recognise the breadth and depth of environmental activity, and tonal colours on the other half to reflect diversity communities contribution and involvement in this issue.

The event concluded with a powerful spoken word performance from local philosopher and poet ‘Philosophy of Mo’ - whose poem ‘A Place I Once Called Earth’ delivered a resounding call to action.

Full press release Black_Green_Relaunches.pdf (502.2 KB) .

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