About Rooted in Resistance

Welcome to Rooted in Resistance, our new free 12-week training programme for environmental campaigners of colour! Rooted in Resistance is for people from racialised communities that are passionate about environmental justice. 

This is inclusive of Black, Asian, Roma, Traveller, South American, North African and Middle Eastern people and those who have experienced racism.

What we see

Systemic racism is directly linked to climate change and environmental exploitation. Environmental racism means communities of colour are more likely to live in areas with less access to nature, and more pollution. Climate change was created by colonialism and will impact those who least caused it the most – the Global South and racialised communities in the West.

We will soon publish research, gathered in 2020, showing how People of Colour and racialised communities are less likely to feel heard and included in environmental movements in the UK.

We hope this training will allow you to meet other people of colour passionate about organising for environmental justice and give you the skills, knowledge and community to build effective campaigns.

Who is this space for?

Our communities hold a wealth of knowledge, insight and expertise. This is space where we can dive into the resources within our communities to transform the mainstream climate change conversation. We welcome your knowledge in topics such as:

  •  Emergent strategy
  • Ancestral connection
  • Pleasure activism
  • Non-human kinship
  • Decolonialisation
  • Radical grief and mourning
  • …Yourself!

Over 12 weeks, you’ll build the skills, confidence and community you need to campaign for Environmental Justice in an impactful way.

What will you learn on this course?

Rooted in the resources within our communities, we’ll be exploring:

  • How to use your life experience to campaign on issues that affect you
  • Setting campaign goals, creating a campaign strategy and identifying who to target, and how to get heard
  • Developing your skills with technology and grow confident in using digital tools for online campaigns
  • Meeting other racialised people who also care about Environmental Justice
  • Learning in accessible, supportive and friendly environment

A black person with a black hiijab is planting a plant with a brown person. They are in a woodland area. White text is on the image that reads

How is the course run?

The course is run over at least 12 sessions, each 2 hours long.

The sessions are run weekly on Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm (BST).

The first weekly session starts on Thursday 12th August and will run through until Thursday 28th October 2021.

The group will consist of a maximum of 10 participants.

This course is designed to be adaptable to the needs of the participants. You’ll learn how to become more comfortable with the software we use, how to develop and run campaigns using your life experience.

And you’ll meet some fabulous and passionate Black and People of Colour who care about Environmental Justice too!

To support you, we can:

  • Provide you with printed guides to help you feel more comfortable with the software we use
  • Hire and pay for equipment you might need to get online
  • Provide you with internet, so you can access the course

How can I apply?

Applications close midnight on Wednesday 16th June.

You can apply here, and read this excellent guide on how to apply too!

Click Here to Apply

FAQs

Here are some answers to some questions we've been asked about Rooted in Resistance. If you don't find the information you're looking for, get in touch with [email protected]

How does the application process work? Can I submit my application in a different format?

To apply, you can fill in this form. If you find forms difficult to use, contact [email protected] and we can talk about alternative ways of applying.

We’ve also created this simple guide to help you write strong applications.

From there, we will:

  • Review your application and get in contact if we have any questions
  • Support you through a technology and accessibility review to see how we can make this learning experience as easy as possible for you
  • Send you further information on how this course will be run

I need help with my application! What support can I get?

There are three things which will help:

  1. Our Application Guide
    This document contains some prompts around the long answer questions. We recommend using this document alongside your application.
  2.  You can email us at [email protected] or call us on 07305 099175 (Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm)
  3.  We are running an information and application clinic on Saturday 12th June from 11am (BST) onwards. Sign up here!

How much do I need to know about computers to access the course?

You will need some basic knowledge of how to use a computer or a tablet.

We will be providing support for your needs (including manuals). We can also offer training on all of the tools we use, like Zoom and Google Slides, if useful.

If you do have any questions or concerns about this, please get in touch.

Why are there only 10 spaces on the course?

A smaller group will ensure deeper learning and community building, and to allow everyone to learn from each other’s experiences.

Is this training accessible ?

We have always worked to make our training as accessible as possible.

We will also be running an one-to-one technology and accessibility assessment with everyone who is attending before the course starts to adjust to your needs.

If you have any questions about accessibility before you apply, get in touch with [email protected] and we will be more than happy to talk through!

I have childcare and other care responsibilities. Will you provide any support for that?

Please let us know in the application form, and we’ll be in contact to find the best way to support you.

If you did not mention this in your application, please email [email protected] and we’ll get back to you.

I don't have a computer and/or a reliable internet connection. Can I still apply?

We know that not everyone has access to a reliable internet connection or a device suitable for the course. That’s why we will provide a one-to-one technology assessment at the start of the course.

If you do not have the necessary equipment, we will lend you the equipment and help you pay for a reliable internet connection for the course duration.

I don't speak English well. What support can you provide?

If you cannot speak English well, we may be able to support you by providing translation.

Please get in touch with us by emailing [email protected] (any language is fine as we can use translation) or call Frankie on 07305 099175 and we would be happy to help.

Rooted in Resistance trainers

These lovely trainers and environmental activists will be guiding you on an deep learning journey

Karen Larbi

Trainer

Karen is a trainer, facilitator and consultant, previously working at the NUS as a Campaigns Assistant and Rethink Mental Illness on the Time to Change campaign. She founded POC In Nature, a space for people of colour to explore the healing power of nature, and is Co-Founder of support group Black Woman Heal United Kingdom, for women of African descent. Karen is a lay member of Psychotherapists & Counsellors for Social Responsibility, and is interested in activist self-care, healing justice, alternative spiritualities, and intersectional, trauma-informed approaches to mental health.

Nish Doshi

Outreach Coordinator

Nish has been a grassroots activist for well over a decade, focussing on the intersections of climate change and colonisation. They've worked in a variety of sectors - from digital civil liberties to radical bookshops - and believe that change happens when we empower the most marginalised to advocate for themselves and listen. They started engaging with environmental struggles when they met the whistling thorn tree - a type of East African acacia which has a symbiotic relationship with the ants that live within it. Nish believes we can have the same relationship with the planet.

Hear from our previous applicants

Want to know how impactful our training can be? Read the stories of racialised environmental justice campaigners who've done our training before!