Climate Reframe: Amplifying BAME Voices in the UK Environmental Movement


Climate Reframe was launched back in 2019 by Doc Society supported by a team of climate justice consultants. After a hiatus caused by the pandemic, the programme has been reimagined and reanimated following a community consultation.

Today Climate Reframe is led by Farhana Yamin who is its Director. She is supported by Aisha Younis, who is the Research & Community Lead for Reframe. Aisha was a co-creator of the original list with Suzanne Dhaliwal. They in turn have been advised and supported by the Reframe Steering Committee, currently comprising Syed Ahmed and Simeran Bachra. We want to thank all the members of the Reframe list who have inspired and supported us in shaping this initiative.

The 2023 Reframe Steering Committee is:

Farhana Yamin

Farhana is an internationally recognized environmental lawyer, author, public speaker and activist. She has advised leaders and ministers on UN climate negotiations for 30 years, representing small islands and developing countries and attending nearly every major climate summit since 1991. She is currently the Coordinator of the Climate Justice & Just Transition Donor Collaborative Project – a project bringing together some of the world’s largest private philanthropies on an educational journey about how to tackle systemic inequalities through intersectional solutions. She holds a number of Board positions and fellowings including being an Honorary Fellow at Somerville College Oxford, a Director of Impatience Ltd , Senior Advisor to SYSTEMIQ, a FRSA and Visiting Professor at University of the Arts, London, and deputy chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum expert advisory group.

Simeran Bachra

Simeran serves as a Principal Consultant at Anthesis where she is leading on providing strategic and technical support to cities and local authorities on their response to the climate and ecological emergency. She has expertise and experience in supporting local authorities in developing climate action plans, monitoring progress on net zero targets and facilitating stakeholder engagement. Prior to Anthesis, Simeran worked at CDP where she worked with UK local authorities helping them disclose their targets, emissions and actions. Simeran is passionate about ensuring that we are building just, equitable, diverse, inclusive and accessible places for people to live and thrive.

Syed Ahmed

Syed has over 20 years of experience working in the sustainable energy industry ranging from Friends of the Earth, the Combined Heat and Power Association, the Greater London Authority, and Arup. Syed established Energy for London a research and campaigning organisation supporting London’s progress to becoming a low-carbon city. He is currently policy advisor to the Green Gas Certification Scheme, a Director of the All-party Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group (PRASEG), a Trustee for National Energy Action (NEA), and a Board member of the Solar Trade Association. Syed helped establish Community Energy London in 2017, where he is currently the Chair, and was appointed by the Mayor of London as a Commissioner of the London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC).

Finally, we are grateful to our funders at European Climate Foundation, Greenpeace, Solberga Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and ClimateWorks Foundation. With design for Reframe realised by Sarah Nicholson at Involved Design

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Can you see yourself here? If you’d like to become a supporter of Climate Reframe please email to start the conversation.