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Common Ground: Culture, Climate and Social Justice

9:30am to 5:00pm
THE WELLCOME TRUST , , 183-193 EUSTON ROAD, NW1 2BE, United Kingdom
Culture and communications

To launch Julie’s Bicycle’s new podcast series with Arts Council England, The Colour Green, hosted by Baroness Lola Young, we will be discussing the natural world and the climate crisis from the perspectives of people of colour in the UK.

We are all stewards of our planet, but the effects of climate change are not shared equally. While it is people in the Global South and marginalised communities in the Global North who are the first to feel the impacts of environmental degradation, extreme weather events, food crop failure, and air pollution, their voices are rarely heard within environmental movements in the UK  Without representing communities at the sharpest end of climate impacts the stories we tell are incomplete; drawing focus to their lived experiences and creative responses are crucial to developing a holistic understanding of the causes of and solutions to this unfolding crisis.

In The Colour Green podcasts, Baroness Lola Young is in conversation with artists and activists of colour who are at the forefront of social innovation - connecting climate justice, race, power and inequality. Guests include speculative fiction writer and pleasure activist, Ama Josephine Budge; artist and former director of the Black Environment Network, Judy Ling Wong; musician and founder of the Rural-Urban Synthesis Society, Kareem Dayes; and poet and creative facilitator Zena Edwards.

Over the day we will discuss climate and social justice through the lens of global inequality, access to nature and the public realm, wellbeing and mental health, and sustainable food initiatives.

We ask: how can the cultural sector support an intersectional approach to the climate crisis, and enable us to shape a just future for all?
To finish off the day we are delighted to present a specially commissioned performance adapted from ‘Fog Everywhere’ by Camden People’s Theatre.


Event contact:

Julie's Bicycle: [email protected] / 020 8746 0400


Venue accessibility:

  • Accessible toilet
  • Suitable for wheelchair users or people with mobility impairments
  • Step free access
  • Accessible parking
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