fbpx
donate

Climate justice and the legacy of empire: A brave space for dialogue


18:00 - 20:00
Jun 24th 2020

An online workshop for those wanting to share a brave space to explore colonialism, power dynamics and allyship and to widen their understanding of climate justice in a UK context.

For more information contact Justine Huxley on 0207 496 1611 or justine.huxley@stethelburgas.org
I'm feeling generous and want to make a donation to help cover the cost of this work
£15
-
+

Standard
£10
-
+

Concession
£5
-
+

Refugees and asylum seekers
Free
-
+

Those who have lost their income due to Covid-19
Free
-
+

Once you have registered, you will receive a zoom link 2 hours before the dialogue start time.


PLEASE ONLY BOOK IF YOU IARE COMMITTED TO COME – IT IS A LIMITED GROUP SIZE AND THERE WILL BE A WAITING LIST.  THANK YOU.

Our Earth has experienced systems of exploitation and oppression for hundreds of years.

Here in the UK, conversations about the British Empire and it’s legacy are not often conscious. Still to this date, we have minimal public knowledge of its impact through the lens of those in former colonies and the structures it has created.  Therefore it’s legacy requires a shared journey of self inquiry, reflection and reconciliation.

Through the logics of colonisation, we can better understand the intersection of oppression and ecocide. In the past 30 years, we have seen an emergence of Climate Justice terminology and movements, led frontlines of environmental racism; in the Global South and in Black and People of Colour communities in the US and UK.

This will be a facilitated discussion with some introductory context to prompt a conversation for inner inquiry.  The aim will be to catalyse a deep reflective space to take us to challenging places where we offer a shared willingness to be brave and vulnerable.  We will have a space to practice compassionate listening and the ‘birthing of thoughts’ to challenge our perceptions with the amnesia of Empire and its legacy in ourselves and in the system. This session will also involve actively leaning into discomfort and confronting privileges using anti-racist practices.   We hope to arrive at a place where we can start the journey into solidarity, by confronting contradictions, and expanding our awareness and ability to navigate this complex space.

Serayna Keya will also share her personal reflections of being a part of the Ugandan-Indian diaspora; which includes being fragmented or fogged in connection to her heritage practice; being connected to many lands that will be disproportionately affected, and working towards inclusive spaces to navigate through climate and ecological changes.

Some of the themes we will be aiming to exploring are:

  • How can I practice solidarity?
  • What does it mean to have a practice of anti-oppression and ‘allyship’ towards a regenerative future?
  • How do we build solutions to navigate through the ecological and social changes to come, with another global narrative in acknowledgement?
This space is not designed for those who are deeply engaged with Empire, racist structures and their legacy.  This is an introductory conversation and reflection only.

This dialogue is limited to ten people – so please book early to avoid disappointment.  If you cannot book, it will be because the event is full. 

The zoom link will be emailed to you 2 hours before the start time. 

 

About Serayna Keya Solanki:  Serayna Keya is a freelance consultant, advocating for the design of sustainability focused projects to be inclusive and representative of the diverse and disproportionate realties of climate change. Her practice assists organisations and community initiatives towards equity and anti-oppression. She spent some time working in the field of Sustainability, but left to freelance because of the field-wide problem of western-centrism and power dynamics. Serayna Keya also co-founded Diaspora Dialogues for the Future, a BAME-centred space to discuss climate change through the lens and diaspora community realities; discussing what it means to build a future where Diaspora Communities in connection to Global South communities are centred in mitigation and adaptation solutions, having agency and safe participation in design. Serayna Keya is always inquiring what decolonisation means for her personally, as Gujarati-Ugandan diaspora.  Through artwork, poetry and craftwork; she connects into the creativity of a culture with fragmented history, to speak with her community on social and ecological issues, releasing her poetry zine ‘Speaking with Mother Earth with my Broken Mother Tongue’ in Autumn 2020.  Serayna Keya is an alumnus of St Ethelburga’s Radical Resilience programme.

Check out her Stand Up Comedy Piece ‘Climate Crisis Colonised Cats’  or her most recent documentary with BBC Midlands Inside Out ‘Race, Class and Climate Activism’ on BBC Iplayer.

This dialogue is part of the series Listening to each other: Listening to Earth.  This event strand is a response to the urgent need for climate justice and to build peace with Earth as a living sacred being. It explores the integration of spirituality with grounded action through the lives and leadership of people of colour.

Please ensure you view our Terms and Conditions and Refund Policy.

18:00 - 20:00
Jun 24th 2020