Ethnic minorities and the environment

The Society Guardian, a supplement to the London Guardian, yesterday published two features on ethnic minority participation, and specifically Muslim participation, in environmental campaigns and in rural activities. Cause for all cultures explores why ethnic minorities are so under-represented in such campaigns; the possible answers obviously include the predominanly urban setting in which most non-white people live in the UK which leads them to be more interested in urban regeneration rather than “green” issues. It does mention unfamiliarity and the fear some people might have of being attacked, but the real issue of racism in the countryside ([1], [2], [3]) isn’t mentioned. The greening of Islam is, as you might expect, about Muslim involvement and Muslim environmental campaign groups, including a protest in London by Bengalis to draw attention to the effect of rising sea levels “back home”.

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