Climate Justice: Identity, History & Power (Part Two of the Regenerative Activism Series, 2020)
Part Two of The Regenerative Activism Series - an annual gathering in partnership with Ulex Project & Gita Parihar
Part II of The Regenerative Activism Series with Gita Parihar, Hiba Ahmad (Our Future Now), Nick Dearden (Global Justice Now), Sheila Menon (Ulex Project & Plane Stupid), Rachel Kennerley (Friends of the Earth).
The climate crisis is as much about power and politics as it is about the environment. This session explores the challenges involved in ensuring climate justice and designing a just transition beyond our carbon-belching system for all communities and workers. How can we achieve the changes required in a way that promotes justice and equality by stopping current, preventing future, and repairing the historic oppression of frontline and vulnerable communities and countries? How can we ensure that the structural transformation required doesn’t strengthen the hand of those who already use their power to exploit and oppress? Understanding the power dynamics of race, class, gender and our economic and political systems – both locally and globally – are crucial to building a climate justice movement. It involves reconstructing our identities, building renewed understanding of our histories, and re-forging our socio-political relationships.
Gita Parihar #
Gita was Head of Legal at Friends of the Earth until July 2016 and has spent 12 years working with and for campaigning organisations, using her skills as a solicitor to bring environmental cases and advise at international negotiations on issues like climate change. This gives her a deep familiarity with the rewards and challenges of environmental activism. Alongside her legal work, Gita is passionate about exploring approaches to saving the planet that sustain us as human beings. Gita is a trustee of the UKYCC and the Climate Justice Fund and currently studying for an MA in Spirituality and Ecology at Schumacher college.
Sheila Menon #
Sheila currently lives in Catalunya working for Ulex, coordinating some of the partner organisations who send participants to Ulex courses, and taking a lead role in developing capacity to support training for PoC activists. Prior to joining Ulex her activism was primarily focused in the UK around grassroots organising in the climate movement, on issues such as anti-fracking, anti-aviation and anti-oil-sponsorship, as well as supporting the movement to end mass detention and forced deportation.