Race Equality in Nature Conference 2019



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


University of West of England

R26, R Block

North Entrance


BS34 8QZ

United Kingdom


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.


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.


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.

About The Author

Hi, I’m Dr. Mya-Rose Craig. I am a 19-year-old prominent British-Bangladeshi ornithologist, environmentalist, diversity activist as well as an author, speaker and broadcaster. At age 11 I started the popular blog Birdgirl, and at age 17 I became the youngest person to see half of the birds in the world.

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Lyrical, poignant and insightful.’ - Margaret Atwood

This is my story; a journey defined by my love for these extraordinary creatures. Because large or small, brown, patterned or jewelled, there is something about birds that makes us, even for just moments at a time, lift our eyes away from our lives and up to the skies.

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