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RACE Summit 2024: Racial Action for the Climate Emergency

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UCL East - Marshgate 7 Sidings Street London E20 2AE, United Kingdom
Event date
Event time
10:00 - 18:00 BST

Organiser's description (via Students Organising for Sustainability UK):

The RACE Report, in collaboration with University College London (UCL), the Diverse Sustainability Initiative and Wildlife and Countryside Link are excited to announce the inaugural RACE Summit. This is the first ever event of its kind, bringing together individuals working in, considering working in, or funding organisations and projects committed to transforming inclusion in the environment sector, wherever you may be on that journey. This is an event for individuals from racially and ethnically minoritised groups in the UK environment sector, as well as staff in positions of power to create the transformation for inclusion and diversity we need to see, and allies to come together for collective action.

The day will positively challenge, engage and work with CEOs, HR professionals and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) leads, inclusive of underrepresented individuals in the sector, and allies committed to being part of this collective action. It aims to provide, personal, organisational and collective growth for transformational enhancement of inclusion in the environment sector, to ensure it is a sector which truly serves those communities most affected by climate and ecological catastrophe. Together we will listen, learn and grow through constructive conversations, with the day culminating in solid commitments from all organisations in attendance.

Confirmed speakers

  • Ian Solomon Kawal, KMT Freedom Teacher
  • Areeba Hamid, Co-Executive Director, Greenpeace
  • Sarah Mukherjee, CEO, IEMA
  • Jason Clarke, Assistant Director, Sustainable UCL
  • Vibhati Bhatia, Founder, South Asians for Sustainability
  • Adetola Stephanie Onamade, New to Nature graduate
  • Richard Benwell, CEO, WCL

Who should attend?

- Individuals with lived experience of marginalisation and underrepresentation in the sector, and allies (staff, long-service volunteers, trustees, young people/students aspiring to get into the sector)

- Human Resources professionals and Equity Diversity and Inclusion leads from environmental, climate, sustainability, conservation or nature organisations and charities (staff and trustees)

- CEOs and senior leadership professionals of environmental, climate, sustainability, conservation or nature organisations and charities (staff and trustees)

This event builds on the work of The RACE Report, the Diverse Sustainability Initiative and Wildlife and Countryside Link's work supporting the environment sector to progress racial justice and inclusion. We strongly encourage any organisation involved with these networks and initiatives to attend.

We are keen to ensure this summit meets accessibility needs of any interested attendees. We will ensure quiet spaces are signposted for individuals who wish to make use of them, all rooms and spaces are wheelchair accessible, there is a prayer room available in the building of the summit, gender neutral toilets are available. Please let us know if you have any requirements we can support with when registering for the event.

All attending the summit have a responsibility to contribute to ensuring this is an inclusive space which empowers individuals, supporting and encouraging a space for openness, transparency and creative collective action for positive change.