LCAW Warm-Up Event: UK BAME communities in climate change action
Sustainable development in the 21st century takes place within a multicultural context. The significant urban presence of our BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) populations makes their participation of utmost importance. London is an example of a global multicultural population trend with 39% of adults from different countries of heritage.
Beyond issues of diversity and inclusion, climate change action is necessarily a global effort. Involving the UK’s BAME population presents an opportunity to recognise communities that are intrinsically both local and global.
In this talk, Judy will highlight the need for outreach and support, and how we motivate diverse communities by integrating the impact of climate change here and in their countries of heritage.
Beyond the practical actions that we aspire to unlock, diverse cultures bring a richness of cultural visions into the environmental sector. These are exciting and illuminating revelations that inspire us to make intercultural connections and innovate.
Judy Ling Wong CBE is a painter, poet and environmentalist, best known as the Honorary President of Black Environment Network (BEN). For 27 years she was the UK Director of BEN, with an international reputation as the pioneer and creator of the field of multi-cultural participation in the built and natural environment. Judy is a major voice on policy towards social inclusion, contributing through key national committees and campaigns.