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CEO speaking at 2 London Climate Action Week events

The Foundation’s CEO Maria Adebowale-Schwarte will be speaking at two climate justice and environment events on Thurs 30 June and Fri 1 July as part of this year’s London Climate Action Week.

Maria’s contributions will reflect the work that the Foundation for Future London does throughout East London as a sustainable development organisation to highlight the importance of environment and climate justice to local communities and to create opportunities for local people to improve their communities and have a voice.

We know, for instance, that in the boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest underrepresented communities were negatively impacted by the impact of the pandemic and lockdown due to lack of outdoor spaces and that they continue to face challenges around poor air quality and other environmental factors. As East London undergoes rapid transformation, it’s important now more than ever that we empower local people to shape public spaces and demand a better quality of life.

What would feminist climate justice look like for everyday life?”

On Thurs 30 June, Maria will chair an evening event exploring feminist perspectives on climate justice called “What would feminist climate justice look like for everyday life?” The event is organised by Wen (Women’s Environmental Network) and the Women’s Budget Group. Maria will also be there in her capacity as a WEN amabassador.

Speakers confirmed so far include: Dee Woods, award-winning cook, community food educator, urban agriculturalist, broadcaster and researcher. Plus authors of Feminist Green New Deal policy papers: Tiffany Lam, New Economics Foundation, who wrote inclusive transport policy paper and Maeve Cohen, Co-founder of & Social Lead, The Social Guarentee, who wrote the Feminist Green New Deal roadmap.

Plus there will be an exhibition and live performances from the Climate Sisters – two women’s groups from Glasgow and Manchester who will be sharing their vision for a green, caring economy.

“What would feminist climate justice look like for everyday life?”, Thurs 30 June, 2022  6-9pm, Amnesty International Human Rights Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA. For tickets and more information, see the Eventbrite page.

Built Environment, Climate Change & Community Voice

On Fri 1 July, Maria will be part of an online talk and interactive session “Built Environment, Climate Change & Community Voice” organised by the Mayor of London’s London Sustainable Development Commission that is set to explore how the built environment can tackle climate change while centring the voices and expertise of local communities. Maria is on of the commissioners, helping to advise on social value regeneration.

Building on the LSDC’s research into Social Value within the built environment, this event looks to explore the important role communities have in shaping the future of the built environment. The event will showcase innovative projects which put this into practice, helping London to become a sustainable world class city.

Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Dave Fuller from Repowering London
  • Grace Walker from Trees for Cities
  • Margit Kraft from Market Garden City
  • Cllr Ashan Khan, Deputy Leader, Waltham Forest Council
Built Environment, Climate Change & Community Voice, Fri 1 July 2022, 11am-12.30pm, For tickets and more information, see London Climate Action Week website
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