Black Earth: Resistance, Anti-Racism and the Environment
tiata fahodzi to lead a discussion on how the creative sector can form an anti-racist response to the climate emergency.
We are looking to engage British African heritage and Global Majority artists, leaders and community members in a discussion about how the creative sector can better tackle the climate crisis while acknowledging the systemic racism within the cultural sector.
Black Earth: Resistance, Anti-Racism and the Environment is a six-month research project which will encompass workshops, nature walks, artist commissions and Green Care Packages for members of the local communities in Watford and the South East, and the Bristol and Bath regions.
Our discussion will explore the mental health impacts specific to Black British, African heritage and other Global Majority people as well as the how creative resistance can play part in how we respond.
We’re kicking off Black Earth: Resistance, Anti-Racism and the Environment with an open Town Hall meeting. We want to create a local and community-based response. Although, our work will be based in Watford and the South East, and the Bristol and Bath regions, we invite anyone to attend these meetings and make your voice heard.
Town Hall Meeting Dates and Times
Tuesday 31 May 2022 from 6pm to 8pm: Register to Attend Here
These conversations will be facilitated by Samia Dumbaya and Selina Nwulu.
We’re looking to explore how the culture sector can respond to the specific impacts on British African heritage and Global Majority people, we encourage anyone to attend regardless of their careers, heritage, age, or location.
This is a project that will be embedded in the community so we want to hear from the whole community in all its diversity.
You can register for our Town Hall meeting on 31 May 2022 here.
This event will be live illustrated by Jasmine Thompson.
Samia Dumbaya – Climate Justice and Mental Health
Samia is a climate justice activist who centres community engagement in their work. They co-founded Seize the Vote, which is a platform for young people of colour to be politically empowered and engaged via open discussions on current affairs and sharing tools to equip them to be politically engaged. Samia has written about environmental racism and intersectionality for shado mag and Equinox – Initiative for Racial Justice - and they care about highlighting the relationship between environmental and social issues.
Selina Nwulu – Climate Justice and Creative Resistance
Selina is a writer and independent consultant. She has been a voice for climate justice for over 10 years, working with both a number of grassroots, charity and arts organisations, in both a creative and consultancy capacity, to strengthen narratives around the gaps between race, justice and the climate crisis. Her poetry and essays have been widely published in a variety of journals, short films and anthologies as well as translated into Spanish, Greek and Polish and exhibited in New York and Ireland. She was Young Poet Laureate for London 2015-16 and shortlisted for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize 2019. She is also a 2021 Arts Award Finalist for Environmental Writing. Her debut full length collection, A Little Resurrection, is out with Bloomsbury in Autumn 2022.