The Ethnic Minority Environmental Network (EMEN)

is a platform and resource for all ethnic minority voices

to engage in climate change issues and policies

and to develop links with environmental stakeholders.

EMEN is facilitated by CEMVO Scotland which is a national intermediary organisation with the aim of building the capacity of the ethnic minority voluntary sector and its communities.
The climate crisis is not merely a complex environmental and scientific issue but one that with all its magnitude and severity, further exacerbates the already increasing inequalities that affect ethnic minority communities. EMEN works with ethnic minority organisations, communities and individuals to build capacity among these groups to develop a collective voice through raising awareness of climate issues, developing a vision of a low carbon society, and contributing to discussions with decision-makers.

One major achievement was our partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful to address the lack of any ethnic minority communities in receiving Climate Challenge Funding (CCF). This partnership was delivered by CEMVO with support from EMEN, and resulted in the number of ethnic minority projects funded through CCF going from 0 to over 150, with over £15 million allocated funds.

What we do

ENABLING the ethnic minority community groups and individuals to come together to discuss and raise awareness of climate change issues.

DEVELOPING a collective vision of a low carbon society.

EMPOWERING a collective and coherent ethnic minority voice on climate change, sustainable development, and environmental issues.

ENGAGING in dialogue with key decision-makers at a local and strategic level.

 

INCREASING ethnic minority groups and individuals’ participation in relevant stakeholder consultations, events and campaigns.

BUILDING leadership and capacity of network members to advocate and campaign for social & environmental justice.

PROVIDING training and self-development opportunities for members, including Climate Changemakers residential, Leadership Development Programme, Campaigning, Activism, and Public Speaking.

 

Our Missions

We want to ensure that environmental and climate change efforts are just and represent minority ethnic groups by aiming for:

Representation

Representation

Greater representation in the environmental sector and decision-making
Capacity

Capacity

Build capacity among ethnic minority groups to join forces to raise awareness on climate issues
Vision

Vision

Develop a vision of a low carbon society

We envision a world where we have transformed society and the economy to priorise people and environment.

Environment: 

We put the environment at the centre of everything we do.

The climate crisis is one of the biggest challenges we face, and we work together to protect the environment’s health because it is inseparable from our lives. 

 

Representation:

We work together with people around the UK to ensure climate justice. 

Our approaches to climate change include social, economic, public health, and other adverse impacts on different people. 

 

Community:

We work with diverse communities towards a low carbon society.

Climate change will change the way people live in their built and natural environments. We’re a community, and we’re focused on tackling climate change issues to better our society and our lives.

Meet the Team behind EMEN

Aekus Kamboj

Environmental Projects Coordinator

Aekus is a passionate and strategic climate change professional with an experience of leading on campaigning, community engagement and influencing work.

 

Previously Aekus served as the EMEN Officer with a strong belief in the power of people in creating change and used creativity and innovation to spearhead local and national community engagement initiatives, specialising in working with ethnic-minority communities. 

 

As the Environmental Projects Coordinator, Aekus works on a diverse portfolio of projects with a focus on social and environmental causes. Aekus is also responsible for the development and growth of new initiatives and projects at CEMVO Scotland that address racial gaps in undertaking climate action. 

Qianlin Wang

Project Officer: Energy Saving For All

Qianlin, a Fine Arts graduate from the University of the Arts London, transitioned from her artistic background to the third sector fueled by her passion for socially-engaged arts and a desire to be more connected with the community.
 
In her current role as the lead of the Energy Saving For All programme, a partnership with Changeworks, Qianlin is dedicated to recruiting ethnic minority volunteers. Her focus is on empowering them to share valuable energy-saving tips within their communities.
 
As an active member of EMEN, Qianlin finds joy in utilising video as a medium to capture and convey the stories of ethnic minority communities. Through her work, she aims to contribute to keeping everyone warm and informed.

Christopher Clannachan

Environmental Race Equality Officer

Jacinta Jaylo Barker

Regional Race Equality Officer

Christopher is a law graduate with an LLB in Scots Law and LLM in International Law and European Union Law, with a particular focus on human rights.


Christopher leads our Race Equality Environmental Programme (REEP), which assists mainstream environmental organisations to become more aware of issues around race equality and representation. The programme is funded thanks to support from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. 


A highlight of Christopher’s legal career was taking part in the European Human Rights Project in 2018 and mooting in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. He was awarded the GlasGO award for international community work when volunteering with refugees in Germany.


During COP26, he took part in an initiative which highlighted how marginalised groups are more likely to be disproportionately affected by climate change.

Through EMEN, Christopher enjoys developing networks with ethnic minority communities and looking at environmental issues through an intersectional lens.

 

 

Jacinta has gained a hands-on experience working with the mass base during her time working with a range of organisations, institutions, and agencies here in Scotland and abroad.

 

 

She has worked in the field of anti-discrimination, policy development, homelessness, gender violence, community engagement and development, capacity building, outreach, and advocacy. Jacinta has designed and delivered bespoke trainings on social issues e.g. Gender Violence, D&I, and Race Equality with various orgs. i.e. Fife Social Work Department Senior Managers, Lothian Coalition for Independent Living, Elgin multi-agency staff, to name a few.

 

 

Jacinta also delivered bespoke training sessions on DEI and Community Development with the Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg Sweden, Innovative Project in Graz Austria, Unitec Institute of Tech. Aukland NZ, Sud Strumungen Women’s Org. Stuttgart Germany.

 

 

Jacinta participated in numerous international trainings, conferences, facilitated workshops on social issues, presented papers on Black Women and Gender Violence, Race, Racism and Anti-Racism, Class and Gender, Employment Rights and Responsibilities, Migration and Immigration and Racial Justice etc.

We are supported by The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust