Race Equality in Nature Conference 2019

Race Equality in Nature Conference 2019

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Description

The environmental & wildlife TV sector is the second least ethnically diverse sector in the UK, at 0.6% Visible Minority Ethnic (VME). Black2Nature and it’s President 17 year-year-old Mya-Rose Craig AKA Birdgirl has been campaigning for 5 years to make the sector ethnically diverse so that it engages VME people with nature and the environment. The conference is in conjunction with the Applied Sciences Department at UWE who have been working to reduce the attainment gap for VME STEM students and follows on from Mya-Rose’s 2016 conference.

VME – why is this relevant you?

The lack of engagement with nature has a dramatic impact on:

Physical and mental health – so a crucial issue for anyone working in VME health; and

Educational attainment for our children and young people – so critical for anyone working in education.

Date And Time

Wed, 2 October 2019

08:45 – 16:30 BST

Location

University of West of England

R26, R Block

North Entrance

Frenchay

BS34 8QZ

United Kingdom

Tickets

Please get in touch if you can help with Sponsorship.

Tickets prices are as follows:

£50.00 – For those working in nature conservation, environmental and wildlife film-making sectors (who are able to pay for a ticket)

Free – For anyone not able to pay for any reason

30 and under and VME – tickets sponsored by Bristol Multi-Faith Forum so please message with information about yourself

Paid tickets – Please make a bank transfer to account Black2Nature (with your name as reference), 60-05-22, Account No 20107455 or by PayPal (account equalityinnature@gmail.com). Please message if you need an invoice.

Speakers

Councillor Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor of Bristol

Beccy Speight, CEO RSPB

Chris Packham, Naturalist & TV Presenter & Activist

Councillor Cleo LakeBristol Green Party

Dr Emmanuel Adukwu, Senior Lecturer Biomedical Sciences, UWE Bristol

Eric Heath, Head of Land Management Avon Wildlife Trust & Wild Paths

Gene Joyner, MD Better Food

Dr Lyn Newton, Head of Department Applied Sciences, UWE

Lara Lalemi, Student Bristol University & organiser of BME in STEM 2019 conference

Dr Mark Steer, Lecturer Department Applied Sciences, UWE

Mohammed Dhalech, Associate Director Centre for Public Policy Research & Rural Mosaic

Mohammed Saddiq, MD GENeco & Chair Bristol Green Capital Partnership

Mya-Rose Craig, President Black2Nature & environmental and race activist

Peter Venn, Programme Leader MA Wildlife Film, UWE

Dr Stephanie Sargeant, Senior Lecturer Environmental Science, UWE

Stephen Corry, CEO Survival International

Tim Scoones, Consultant in Media, Ex Executive Producer at BBC Natural History Unit

Traci Lewis, Director, Catalyse Change

Tracy Patfield, Operations and Outreach Manager, Icon Films

Zakiya McKenzie, Nature Writer & Radio Presenter, Green & Black Ambassador

Biographies can be found at http://bit.ly/35Mn9x1

Lunch & Refreshments

A vegan lunch will be provided. Please let us know if you have any questions around this or any other dietary requirements. Tea and coffee will be provided at the start of the day, mid-morning and afternoon and over lunch. Please bring your own reusable coffee cup and water bottle as we aim for the event to be single-use plastic-free.

What we will cover

The morning will focus on nature and education, whilst 2.45 pm onwards will focus on wildlife TV and media. Please come and be part of the solution.

We will work through the journey of a VME teenager age 13, how to engage them with nature and the environment, helping them choose appropriate GCSE’s and A-Levels, supporting them and their parents through the university application process (after persuading them and educating their parents about careers in conservation), supporting them on courses and workplaces that are almost entirely White British, ensuring none drop out due to isolation, racism and discrimination, closing the attainment gap, mentoring through paid internships, making the most of good work experience opportunities and guiding them through the early years of their careers to age 30.

Delegate Pack containing research – http://bit.ly/2J52har

Who should attend

It is intended that attendees will include (but not limited to) those from nature conservation charities and universities offering biological science, ecology, wildlife, nature conservation, film-making or similar courses, BAME naturalists, representatives of young naturalists and conservationists, policymakers, groups working with BAME and Faith communities, nature media, BBC and other nature TV production companies, inner-city secondary schools especially Heads of Science and Geography, Councils and Park Services working in BAME areas, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Girl Guides and Scouts, City Farms, optics companies and wildlife publishers as well as other interested organisations.

Registration will close on Tuesday 1 October 2019. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Social Media

We will be posting through the day. It would be fantastic if you could also share the day using the hashtag #raceequalityinnature. Please, can you follow and tag Mya-Rose Craig; Twitter @BirdgirlUK, FB myarosebirdgirlcraig, Instagram @birdgirluk and LinkedIn Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig.

Photographs and video

We will be taking photographs and videos throughout the day for social media and publicity material. Permission will be sought from you during the booking process. If you do not wish to be in images, please note that you may be asked to move to a seat at the end of the room.

Sponsors

Thank you to UWE for providing a venue and sponsoring the event, Avon Wildlife Trust, Wild Paths, The Wildlife Trusts, Greenpeace, Icon Films and Plimsoll Productions for sponsoring the event and Bristol Multi-faith Forum for sponsoring places for young VME people.








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My Article in Resurgence and Ecologist Magazine

My Article in Resurgence and Ecologist Magazine

This is an article I have written for Resurgence and Ecologist Magazine, about the racism within the nature conservation and environmental sector and the need for the sectors to become ethnically diverse. https://www.resurgence.org/magazine/article5422-calling-out-racisms-to-save-our-planet.html “If the environmental sector fails to become ethnically diverse, it fails to bring on board an increasingly large section of our society. It will not have the widespread support it needs to stop climate breakdown, create sustainable cities or save the million species that are predicted to become extinct. We have to engage everyone in our society if we are to succeed in turning the tide of the environmental crisis.”


The photograph was taken by Oliver Edwards for Scouts Magazine

A selection of articles (and accompanying images) from each issue from Resurgence and Ecologist are available as ‘free to read’ online and help to generate greater awareness about ecological issues and share new ideas, analysis and inspiration with both new and existing readers. You can find my article in the November/December 2019 Magazine.

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Camp Chew – Advance Bookings for July 2020

Camp Chew – Advance Bookings for July 2020

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CAMP CHEW

Saturday to Sunday July 2019


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I have been running camps for primary age children in the Chew Valley since 2017. I have had around 150 children attend since then and each one has gone home having had an amazing time, got connected with nature and made new friends.

We also make time to play sport and learn how o use the outdoors to relax. We will talk about nature, how you can learn to enjoy it and use it to help your mental health, what’s becoming extinct, what is happening environmentally, why you should care and how you can be an activist, fighting for your future. Make an advance booking onto this amazing nature camp for young people aged 8-11 years.

Into its 3rd year, Camp Chew has attracted a number of children to Chew Valley Lake near Bristol, to spend a night birding and getting involved with nature.  It is aimed at those who have no experience of nature and have never been to the countryside or camped as well as those already interested in being outdoors.

In 2020 we hope to have lots of children who are Visible Minority Ethnic (VME) and or live in the city’s areas of deprivation as well as those who live in the countryside. We will have plenty of activities for all those attending.

Book onto this amazing nature camp for children aged 7-11 years. The camp is organised by Black2Nature who have been organising nature camps for inner-city Visible Minority Ethnic (VME) children and young people since 2015. The primary age children come to Camp Chew which takes place in Compton Martin in the Chew Valley just south of Bristol to spend the weekend birding and getting involved with nature.

It is aimed at children who have no experience of nature and in many cases have never been to the countryside or camped. One of our aims is to promote community cohesion and so we encourage children from all backgrounds and areas to attend, as well as those already with a keen interest in nature who we hope will share their passion.  We take safety very seriously and so girls and boys sleep in separate tents with adults sleeping at the entrance, making it impossible for strangers to enter undetected.

DBS checked adults will be supervising the children at all times. All food prepared at the camp is vegetarian. We may offer halal fish and chips and a vegetarian option for lunch on Saturday if this is available. Otherwise, we will be having a picnic lunch.


Camp Chew – Saturday

10.00 am Pick up St Paul’s Learning Centre

11.00 am Drop off CMAF for Chew Valley children

Activities

Setting up camp
Camp cooking
Socialising/rugby & parachute sessions
Dinner by campfire

Camp Chew – Sunday

5.00 pm Pick up CMAF & finish

6.00 pm Drop off St Paul’s Learning Centre
– when parents and siblings are asked to meet and share memories of the camp

Activities

Bird ringing
Mothing
Nature walk
Birdwatching from hides
Growing food at The Community Farm
Sports activities such as football/cricket
Ice-creams

Please see separate kit list & ask your children to bring only 1 small packet of veggie sweets/snacks, drop nothing & recycle everything

Camp Chew – Programme

Saturday

All activities dependent on weather

6.00 pm – 7.00 pm (CMAF)
Set up camp, camp cooking, sports & time to socialize

7.00 pm – 8.00 pm (CMAF)
Dinner by the campfire & toasting marshmallows

Sunday

7.45 am – 8.30 am (CMAF) Camp breakfast

8.45 am – 11.15 am (CVRS)
Bird ringing demonstration and looking at moths

11.15 am – 11.30 am (CVRS)
Refreshments

11.45 am – 1.15 pm (CVLPS)
Farming workshop & lunch

1.30 pm – 3.45 pm (CVL)
Birdwatching in bird hides & nature walk

4.00 pm – 4.30 pm (CVLHB)
Ice-creams

5.00 pm (CMAF)
Pick up and finish

Key to locations

CMAF – Compton Martin Amenity Field, The Street, Compton Martin, Bristol, BS40 6JN CVRS – Chew Valley Ringing Station, Bishop Sutton, Bristol, BS40 6HN (from Herriots Bridge turnright opposite mirror) CVLHB – Chew Valley Lake, Herriots Bridge, A368, Bishop Sutton, Bristol, BS40 8XS CVL – Chew Valley Lake using Morton Hide accessed from the B1134, coming from CMAF turn right between the Blue Bowl and Herons Green.

Cost

£10.00 per person (or £15 for two siblings)

Grants

Free places are available to those children who would otherwise not be able to come for example who are from areas of deprivation, are VME or are disadvantaged. Camp Avalon recognises that there are almost no young birders from VME backgrounds and so hope that these grants will encourage disadvantaged children to be able to attend. All equipment needed will also be loaned for the weekend.

Black2Nature

Thank you to Compton Martin Village Hall and the many people who have supported Black2Nature and these camps and to Chew Valley Ringing Station and the birders who have offered their time in order to pass on their knowledge to young birders. Thank you also to Yeo Valley for the donation of ice-cream and butter. Thank you to Opticron for the donation of five pairs of compact binoculars and discounted optical equipment to this project and to Bristol Ornithological Society for the donation of binoculars.

Thank you also to Go Outdoors for discounted camping equipment and Blenheim Scouts for discounted use of their minibus. Thank you also to Burns Price Foundation, Quartet Community Funding, Community Access Support Services and Alpkit for helping to fund our projects.

Transport

Free transport is available to and from Bristol, with pickup from St Paul’s Learning Centre, Grosvenor Road, Bristol BS2 8JX.

How to Book

Please e-mail helenabcraig@hotmail.co.uk with your name, address, phone number and date of birth and your child’s name and date of birth with any dietary requirements. Please also get in touch if you would like to get involved by volunteering.

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Camp Avalon – Advance bookings for July 2020

Camp Avalon – Advance bookings for July 2020

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Friday – Sunday July 2020


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I have been running camps for teenagers on the Somerset Levels since 2016. I have had around 250 teenagers attend since then and each one has gone home having had an amazing time, got connected with nature and made new friends. We also make time to play sport and learn how o use the outdoors to relax.

We will talk about nature, how you can learn to enjoy it and use it to help your mental health, what’s becoming extinct, what is happening environmentally, why you should care and how you can be an activist, fighting for your future. Make an advance booking onto this amazing nature camp for young people aged 12-18 years.

Into its 5th year, Camp Avalon has attracted a number of teenagers to the Somerset Levels near Glastonbury, to spend the weekend birding and getting involved with nature.  It is aimed at those who have no experience of nature and have never been to the countryside or camped as well as those already interested in being outdoors.

In 2020 we hope to have lots of teenagers who are Visible Minority Ethnic (VME) and or live in the city’s areas of deprivation as well as those who live in the countryside.We will have plenty of activities for all those attending.
Girls and boys are in separate tents with adults.

DBS checked adults will be with the teenagers at all times. All food will be halal or vegetarian.

Camp Avalon – Programme

The programme will be finalised shortly depending on the final numbers.

Friday

All activities dependent on weather
5.00 pm
Pick-up St Paul’s Learning Centre (CPLC)
6.00 pm – 7.00 pm (CS)
Safety briefing, allocating tents and setting up camp
7.00 pm – 8.00 pm (CS)
Helping cooking and serving dinner
8.00 pm – 8.30 pm (CS)
Everybody to help with carrying dishes to the kitchen, washing up and drying and bringing dishes back
8.30 pm – 9.30 pm (CS)
Time to socialize and play football
9.30 pm – 10.30 pm
Toasting marshmallows over the fire
11 pm
Lights out and no more talking – just sleep

Saturday

7.00 am (CS)
Everybody up and get ready
7.30 am – 8.00 am (CS) Breakfast at the campsite
8.00 am – 11.30 am (HW)
Birding at Ham Wall, searching for Great White Egret, Bittern and lots of other great birds.  Meet at HWCP.
11.30 am – 12.00 pm (CS)
Refreshment break
12.00 pm – 12.30 pm
Feeding animals on the farm
12.30 pm – 1.30 pm (PFW)
Bio Blitzing in 2 teams

1.30 pm – 2.30 pm (CS)
Lunch
2.30 pm – 4.00 pm (PFW)
Wildlife Photography workshop

4.00 pm – 4.30 pm (CS)
Refreshment break
4.30 pm – 5.00 pm (CS)
Tent inspection
5.00 pm – 6.00 pm (CS)
Downtime (only after all belongings packed back into backpacks and tents tidied)
6.00 pm – 7.30 pm (CS)
Helping cooking and serving dinner
7.30 pm – 8.30 pm (CS)
Everybody to help with carrying dishes to the kitchen, washing up and drying and bringing dishes back
8.30 pm – 10.30 pm (MD)
Looking for Nightjar and bats on the Mendips (dependent on weather)
11 pm
Lights out and no more talking – just sleep

Sunday


7.00 am (CS)
Everybody up and get ready
7.30 am – 8.00 am (CS) Breakfast at the campsite

8.00 am – 10.30 am (PFW)
Bird ringing demonstration
Chris Craig and Mya-Rose Craig
10.30 am – 11.00 am (CS)
Refreshment break
11.00 am – 12.30 pm
Walk to Glastonbury Tor

12.30 pm – 1.00 pm (CS)
Lunch
1.00 pm – 2.30 pm (CS)
Taking down tents and packing up the campsite

2.30 pm – 3.00 pm (CS)
Refreshment break
3.00 pm 
Finish

4.00 pm

Drop off St Paul’s Learning Centre (SPLC)

Key to locations

SPLC – St Paul’s Learning Centre, Grosvenor Road, St Paul’s, Bristol, BS2 8XJ, telephone 0117 9145470.

CS – Paddington Farm, Maidencroft Lane, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8JN, Telephone: 01458 832752. PFW – Paddington Farm Woods, near to Camp Site HW – Ham Wall RSPB Reserve, park in the new Ham Wall Car Park if open or Shapwick Heath Car Park opposite, Ashcott Road, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 9SX MP – Stockhill Woods, Priddy, Mendips, Somerset BA5 3BE (drive through Wells and then follow A39 towards Bristol and Bath, turn left onto Priddy Road and at the crossroads (with the Hunters Rest on the corner) turn right, the woods are on your right and park in the pull-in before the car park).  HWCP – Ham Wall RSPB Reserve Car Park, Ashcott Road, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 9SX


Bittern, Shapwick Heath, Somerset Levels, March 2015 Photograph was taken by and copyright Mya-Rose Craig

Cost

£20.00 per person including food and camping costs

Grants

Free places are available to those young people from an area of deprivation or who are VME. Camp Avalon recognises that there are almost no young birders from VME backgrounds and so hope that these grants will encourage disadvantaged young people to be able to attend. All equipment needed will also be loaned for the weekend. Thank you to the volunteers who have offered their time in order to pass on their knowledge to young birders.

Black2Nature

Thank you to Paddington Farm and the many people who have supported Black2Nature and these camps and to Chew Valley Ringing Station and the birders who have offered their time in order to pass on their knowledge to young birders.
Thank you to Opticron for the donation of five pairs of compact binoculars and discounted optical equipment to this project and to the Bristol Ornithological Society for the donation of binoculars and tripods.
Thank you also to Go Outdoors for discounted camping equipment and Blenheim Scouts for discounted use of their minibus.
Thank you also to Burns Price Foundation, Quartet Community Funding, Community Access Support Services and Alpkit for helping to fund our projects.

Transport

Free transport is available to and from Bristol, with pickup from St Paul’s Learning Centre, Grosvenor Road, St Paul’s.

How to Book

Please place an advance booking by e-mail to helenabcraig@hotmail.co.uk or text 07798818772 with your name, address, phone number and date of birth and your child’s name and date of birth with any dietary requirements. Please also get in touch if you would like to get involved by volunteering.

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I Dreamt I Was a Butterfly – The Conservation Edition

I Dreamt I Was a Butterfly – The Conservation Edition

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Bristol-based Kickstarter photo book project – for every four books pledged one book will be donated to Butterfly Conservation. The first-ever photo book of butterflies photographed in flight is available now on Kickstarter, until the 22nd of October, and it’s a Bristol-based creation.

The campaign was created by Bristol University graduate Oliver East, to publish the 2nd book in a series of photographs by his dad, Chuck East. For every four books sold, one book will be donated to Butterfly Conservation. The donations will continue after the Kickstarter campaign is finished.

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Titled I Dreamt I Was a Butterfly – The Conservation Edition, the book will be available to Kickstarter backers for £40, a 20% discount off RRP at £50.

With Extinction Rebellion and Global Climate Strikes drawing people together to demand environmental action from governments, the purity and beauty of the butterfly’s flight is a powerful icon for nature conservation. Chuck: “There are few symbols of the fragility and beauty of our world more potent than the butterfly. A butterfly’s lifespan can be just days or weeks, yet it has left its imprint on our world for millennia.

In ancient Greece, a word for butterfly was psyche. In Chinese culture, two butterflies flying together are said to symbolise love. And, to Native Americans, the butterfly is a symbol of change and joy. In each of us, there is a soulful yearning to create and sustain life. Part of that natural urge is expressed in the nurturing and healing of the earth not least so that tomorrow’s children can delight in the power and beauty of Nature as we know it today.

A wonderful living icon for conservation is the butterfly as a brilliant and mesmerising aviator, a dream maker and a symbol of love and health.” And what about the relationship between butterflies and birds? Moths and butterflies are an important element of the food chain and are prey for birds, bats and other insectivorous animals. For example, in Britain and Ireland, Blue Tits eat an estimated 50 billion moth caterpillars each year.

Copyright Chuck East

About the creators: The photographer, Chuck East – After a 35-year film career, directing and producing documentaries, TV specials and advertisements. Chuck has returned in recent years to his first love, photography, as a more personal way to explore the world.

His interest is in discovering the beauty of the ordinary aspects of life that are all around us – not just for the privileged few, but accessible to all. Most of his images are from the family garden.  While photography is the initial medium, the final artwork is often painterly, which is simply the result of the way he exposes the image followed by simple adjustments to light, shadow and colours the choice of archival art papers for printing.

The publisher, Oliver East – Inspired by his dad’s photographs, Oliver encouraged him to collect these unique images into a photo book and share them more widely. He has a degree in Spanish and Portuguese from the University of Bristol but has recently turned his focus to sustainable building, helping to construct the first hempcrete house in the Haute Savoie, France.

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