Please see below a workshop schedule for a 2 hour session and material you can download and use to host a Climate Justice workshop in your community. The workshop opens up conversations on the connection between colonialism and climate change. Let us know if you would like us to host the workshop for you.
The UK’s smoggy industrial past and consumerist present means it is a top offender for carbon emissions. Between 1850 and 2007 the UK constituted 5.8% of global emissions. Measuring historical emissions per person puts the UK 2nd in global ranking, after Luxembourg and before the USA. The “outsourcing” of extractive and heavily polluting industries, as well as carbon intensive production, by the Global North also creates a skew in emissions data. Today, the average individual in the UK has a carbon footprint nearly 3 times larger than the global average. As the profiteers of generations of colonialism and exploitation, the consumption of carbon in the UK remains fraught with global importance, intertwined with issues of race, class, colonialism, and gender. This workshop was developed in partnership with the Comparative Media Studies department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology through funding from the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Centre.