Community Impact Project
The programme of activities includes training, workshops, support, and collaborative events on key themes:
Environmental change is the biggest challenge facing mankind today. On a more local level, London faces many issues of pollution, poor living environments, urban density, lack of green space and overcrowding affects, affecting many of the population. Refugees and migrants are disproportionally affected by this.
With the backdrop of major international debate on issues of climate change such as the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009, and the prolificacy of reports on the topic of environmental degradation and the need for action, there has never been such a pressing need for innovative solutions. Both at the global and national levels, solutions require political will and appropriate policies. However, this is not enough. Environmental problems require local and personal, individual action as well.
The EOU wants to play a role in influencing the refugee and migrant sector. Firstly we wish to support groups to develop environmental projects, relevant to their needs. Secondly we wish to support groups to become greener in their actions. A third area, following on from a recent research project, is to explore the link between the new communities in the UK and environment and to learn firsthand about climate change from those who have witnessed it firsthand. As such, we have set up a steering group to support the Unit staff to develop a project in this area.
Our vision is to empower groups, to give refugees and migrants a stronger voice to effect real change on London’s environment, to tackle issues of settlement with new solutions and to ensure that the new communities are part of the debate on environmental issues.
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