Mental Health / Sustainability / Wellbeing
Beyond Greta: Exploring Race in Climate Change Advocacy
“Justice and diversity have become buzzwords that see many groups tokenised and a general lack of authenticity.” Varsha Yajman
Since the pandemic, the interplay of social and political inequity, racism and climate change inaction have been brought to the surface of collective consciousness in very obvious ways. This concrete rise in collective action is built on decades of work by activist communities, scientists, elders, youth and everyday folk—the list could go on.
The pandemic has rendered us inactive and isolated – modes not useful either for our mental wellbeing or climate change advocacy.
So how do we recognise inequity in our political, social and personal lives?
Varsha Yajman will provide her perspective as a South Asian-Australian by reflecting on her work as a climate change advocate while navigating mental health stigma. Varsha will also discuss her experiences of real inclusivity and representation in contrast to tokenising marginalised voices through her work.
Varsha will be in conversation with Science Gallery’s SciCurious member Tanaya Joshi at the end of her presentation.