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Day 3. 1 Opening and Keynote – Working together towards Climate Justice and Climate Equity


Locally, nationally and globally, attention to diversity and equality translates into people centred environmental policy. We live in a rapidly urbanising world. In the UK, more than 80% of our population now lives in urban areas. Alongside overarching themes such as biodiversity, urban specific issues are coming to the fore, including themes such as design, access to nature and the vital role of urban green spaces in the context of mental and physical well-being. This session will uncover the context for climate justice and climate equity and the impact of climate change on disadvantaged communities locally and globally. It will then explore actions to address issues of climate justice and climate equity.

Judy Ling Wong CBE, Black Environment Network, Chair: Dr Anastasia Nikologianni, IFLA

Judy Ling Wong CBE, Black Environment Network

Judy is a painter, poet and environmentalist, best known as the Honorary President of Black Environment Network (BEN). For 27 years she was the UK Director of BEN, with an international reputation as the pioneer and creator of the field of multi-cultural participation in the built and natural environment. Judy is known a major voice on policy towards social inclusion, contributing through key national committees and campaigns.

Dr Anastasia Nikologianni, IFLA

Dr. Anastasia Nikologianni is qualified as a Landscape Architect MA and Agriculturist/Horticulturist MSc., and holds an EIT Climate-KIC labelled PhD in Landscape Architecture from Birmingham City University with regards to the role of low carbon, spatial quality and the contribution design can make to the development of regional landscape-based spatial strategies.

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Closing remarks


The session will detail a collaborative project to deliver an educational arboretum-meadow on a redundant mini-golf site in Wardown Park, Luton focusing on maximising benefits in relation to climate resilience, human wellbeing and biodiversity.

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