Webinar — March 12, 2021

Envisioning Environmental Equity: Climate Justice is Racial Justice

[Past Event]

Climate Justice is Racial Justice.

Climate justice and racial justice cannot be separated. Though climate change affects us all, its health impacts are faced by the most vulnerable people in society, who have contributed the least to it. From air pollution, food insecurity and eco-xenophobia to dengue vulnerability and disasters, environmental racism leads to disproportionately poor health for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour. In this webinar we explored how centring climate justice in racial justice will lead to achieving equity in health for all people. We shared solutions to mitigate the health impacts of climate using an intersectional and decolonial lens, centring collective repair and healing. Speakers included:

Keston Perry (he/him)

Keston is a lecturer in economics at the University of the West of England and political economist with expertise in climate policy and justice, international political economy, development policy, resource-based industrialisation and economic development issues in the Global South. Keston is originally from Trinidad and Tobago. He has developed a governance framework that helps arrive at more empirically grounded, theoretically rigorous conclusions to better illustrate dynamics of extraction.

Mitzi Jonelle Tan (she/her)

Mitzi Jonelle Tan is a climate justice activist and organiser based in Manila, Philippines. She is the convenor and international spokesperson of Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines (YACAP), the Fridays For Future (FFF) of the Philippines. 

Simmone Ahiaku (she/her)

Simmone is an award-winning changemaker, campaigner and activist who contributes to environmental, social and cultural work in Bristol, London and across the UK. She has worked as the Fossil FreeCampaigns Coordinator at People and Planet, and facilitates workshops to increase public understanding of climate colonialism and climate resistance histories. 

Heizal Nagginda (she/her)

Heizal Nagginda is a climate and environmental activist from Uganda. She is the founder of Climate Operation a youth led organisation whose mission is to educate Ugandan children about climate change as well as involve them in climate related activism in form of tree planting activities. Heizal is also passionate about creating a more inclusive space where young people's voices are heard.

Webinar — October 12, 2020

Dismantle. Defund. Decolonise.

[Past Event]

What do these words mean for health?

Dismantle. Defund. Decolonise. We often hear these words across different disciplines, in the news and on our social media feeds. We interrogated these terms and how they translate into practices for improving health.

Our Panel

Kanahus Manuel

Mother, activist, traditional birthkeeper, land and water defender and freedom fighter. Kanahus is Secwepemc and Ktunaxa, born into a political family known for bringing their fight for their traditional territories into the international spotlight, and is a member of the Secwepemc Women Warrior Society. Kanahus’ activism also includes prison justice work, including advocacy for the freedom and exoneration of Orlando Watley. (she/her)

Dr Rhea Boyd

Rhea teaches and writes on the relationships between racism, inequity, and health. Rhea works clinically and has a scholarly focus on the child and public health impacts of harmful policing practices and policies. Rhea partners with San Diego 211, working with navigators to address the social needs of San Diegans impacted by chronic illness and poverty. Rhea is the Director of Equity and Justice for The California Children’s Trust, an initiative to advance mental health access for children and youth across California. (she/her)

Lance Louskieter

Lance is a health policy and systems scholar with a particular interest in queer & decolonial theory and praxis. They are PhD candidate and senior Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity in South Africa (Tekano). Their PhD explores health systems responsiveness to queer users in primary health care settings. Lance’s teaching, advocacy and grassroot activism includes working with Sex Workers Education and Advocacy TaskForce (SWEAT) to advocate for the decriminalisation of sex work in South Africa and they serve as a board member of the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition (SRJC) where they champion rights and access to health for sex workers, queer people and people with intersecting marginality. (they/them/theirs)

Dr Kui Muraya


Kui Muraya is one of Race & Health’s academics and will be facilitating the webinar. Kui is a gender & health systems researcher based at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP), Kenya and a fellow of the Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders (IDeAL). She has also co-led a multi country study exploring gender and leadership within health systems in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa; and continues to support intersectionality analyses of data produced from this work. (she/her)

Webinar — June 11, 2020

Building Back Better

[Past Event]

How do we move beyond COVID-19 in a way that addresses the impact of racism, xenophobia and discrimination on health?

The launch of Race & Health took place on 11 June. We discussed this very question with our panel and our community.

This webinar is now available to view on our Youtube Channel.

Our panel

E. Tendayi Achiume

UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance/Professor of Law @ UCLA School of Law. (she/her)

Angela Saini

Award winning independent science journalist and author. (she/her)

Delan Devakumar

Lead, Race & Health Associate Professor in Child and Adolescent Health and Public Health Consultant, University College London. (he/him)

Jennifer Chinoye Amadi

Founder & Team Lead, Knit Together Initiative (KTI), Nigeria. 120Under40 winner, 2017 - New Generation of Family Planning Leaders Youth Advisory Panel, UNFPA Nigeria. (she/her)