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Black Earth: Town Hall
A recap of the discussions held during our Black Earth kick off event. 

Black Earth: Resistance, Anti-Racism and the Environment kicked off with an open Town Hall meeting. We held an open call for anyone to attend the discussions. The conversations were facilitated by Samia Dumbaya and Selina Nwulu, and live illustrated by Jasmine Thompson.

 

Our first discussion was on Climate Justice and Mental Health. This section was facilitated by Samia who opened the discussion.

This lead to a beautiful discussion with the highlights captured below by Jazz.

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The second discussion explored Climate Justice and Mental Health. This section was introduced and facilitated by Selina.

The second round of discussions brought up the following highlights.

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These discussions will be used to guide the direction of three follow-up workshops which are planned to take place in August. These workshops will provide the basis of a white paper offering guidance and support to Global Majority artists and individuals.

This event was live illustrated by Jasmine Thompson.

It was facilitated by Samia Dumbaya and Selina Nwulu.

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.

Samia Dumbaya looks at us over her lef shoulder. She has black dungarees over a white top

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.

Selina Nwulu wears a headscarf and balck top. She is looking down, writing.