In 2017, participatory workshops on environmental justice, climate change, climate debt and reparations for climate justice were held in Birmingham and Manchester.
The events featured art, speakers and activities for children and families. They united a spectrum of people from different backgrounds to learn and share knowledge and experiences about the Caribbean’s fight for climate justice.
Some of the researchers and organisations involved went on to hold a Coventry-based event in July 2018, where members of the Caribbean community gathered for an intergenerational celebration and reflection on the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the HM Windrush.
These public events helped to create an innovative collaborative project entitled Windrush Strikes Back - a collective of activists, academics and engagement practitioners. Windrush Strikes Back held public workshops in Birmingham and Coventry in January 2019.
During these workshops, attendees learned how to become ‘Decolonial Detectives’ to help the team research the presence and perspectives of African Caribbean people and their histories, from the Tudors to the Windrush and beyond. This work is ongoing, and includes visits to various locations, such as Birmingham City Library and the Warwickshire archives.