The Green & Black Ambassadors project was designed to challenge the status quo and make the structures for Bristol’s environmental sustainability movement more inclusive
The project was developed collaboratively by Ujima Radio, Bristol Green Capital Partnership, and the University of Bristol’s Cabot Institute and Public Engagement team. It involved the training and development of new leaders with a Black and Minority Ethnic background. The first ‘Green & Black Ambassadors’, Zakiya McKenzie and Jasmine (Jazz) Ketibuah-Foley, helped to shape the project – receiving funding, support and training to support their leadership development and:
- conduct community research and projects to encourage stronger dialogue and engagement across BAME and environmental sustainability communities;
- create media projects and monthly radio shows, share learnings, showcase best practice, and champion inclusive, diverse projects on local, national and international platforms
- engage with organisations and institutions in the city to constructively challenge and influence how decisions are made, to ensure a voice for marginalised communities.
The report demonstrates the advancements that this project has made towards long-term cultural and systemic change, and highlights key outcomes of its pilot phase.