18 episodes

Black Earth is an interview podcast celebrating nature and black women leaders in the environmental movement. Join us for inspiring, informed and authentic conversations on how we can make a positive impact for people and nature worldwide.

Episodes out every Wednesday. Connect with us online @blackearthpodcast on Instagram, LinkedIn and Tiktok.

Hosted by Marion Atieno Osieyo. Healing our relationship with nature, one conversation at a time.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 3.9 • 15 Ratings

Black Earth is an interview podcast celebrating nature and black women leaders in the environmental movement. Join us for inspiring, informed and authentic conversations on how we can make a positive impact for people and nature worldwide.

Episodes out every Wednesday. Connect with us online @blackearthpodcast on Instagram, LinkedIn and Tiktok.

Hosted by Marion Atieno Osieyo. Healing our relationship with nature, one conversation at a time.

    Celebrating the end of Season 2: Radical Imagination, Community and Active Hope

    Celebrating the end of Season 2: Radical Imagination, Community and Active Hope

    Season 2 is complete!
    In this episode, the Black Earth team, Marion and Anesu, reflect on their highlights and lessons from Season 2. We reflect on how our relationships with nature are evolving, the importance of radical imagination and re-defining community. We also discuss what active hope means in a world undergoing immense change and crises.
    Thank you for being part of our amazing listener community from more than 110 countries! See you in Season 3, which will bloom early 2024. In the meantime, you can listen to our other episodes, stay updated by subscribing to our podcast wherever you listen to your favourite podcasts and connect with us on Instagram and LinkedIn @blackearthpodcast.
    Episode timestamps00:00 - Welcome to our final episode
    02:26 - How our relationship with nature is changing
    13:00 - Our reflections on Season 2 
    19:32 - How Valerie’s episode inspired Marion to reframe her definition of community
    28:25 - How Evie’s episode has inspired Anesu to practice imagination daily 
    31:26  - The importance of reclaiming radical imagination38:35 - Active hope in a world of immense change and crises
    01:01:00 - How to support Black Earth Outro
    Support Black Earth Podcast
    Connect with us on Instagram, LinkedIn and Tiktok: @blackearthpodcast 
    Subscribe and read episode transcripts: https://www.blackearthpodcast.com/ 
    Support us through Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/BlackEarthPodcast

    • 1 hr 2 min
    How African mythology is changing the environmental movement with Atwooki

    How African mythology is changing the environmental movement with Atwooki

    In our final conversation of Season 2, Environmentalism Reimagined, we meet with Atwooki, creator of Yuniya.

    Named after her grandmother, Yuniya is a storytelling platform using African mythology to educate children, parents and caregivers about climate change and Earth care.

    Join us in this inspirational conversation as we explore how African mythology and storytelling is making climate action and ‘joyful activism’ more relatable, empowering and culturally relevant.

    Through reclaiming African knowledge and building relationships across generations, Yuniya is bringing conversations on climate change, out from policy spaces and street protests into homes and community centres, where they belong. 

    This is an episode of active hope, enjoy!
    Episode time stamps 
    00:00 - Intro to episode
    02:52 - Atwooki’s relationship with nature 
    06:23 - How a conversation with her son, led Atwooki to create Yuniya
    15:11 - What Yuniya do
    20:04 - The life-changing impact of Yuniya on children, parents and caregivers23:31 - How Yuniya has empowered a boy to lead a campaign to change the world map
    28:35 - The importance of community education spaces in black liberation movements
    30:38 - Marion shares a framework to define what growth looks like in social change 
    34:05 - Lessons on how we can engage children on climate change and joyful activism in an empowering way
    39:48 - How to support black parents and caregivers of black children to feel empowered in Earth care
    46:51 - Why the binary of ‘individual action versus systemic change’ limits our possibilities to engage everybody
    52:16 - Atwooki’s recommendations to policy-makers 
    54:31 - How to support Atwooki and Yuniya 
    01:01:00 - How to support Black Earth

    Support Atwooki and Yuniya 
    Yuniya - https://yuniya.com/pages/home  

    Support Black Earth Podcast
    Connect with us on Instagram, LinkedIn and Tiktok: @blackearthpodcast 
    Subscribe and read episode transcripts: https://www.blackearthpodcast.com/ 
    Support us through Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/BlackEarthPodcast

    Song credits
    The Kora music in this episode is courtesy of Malamin and Yuniya platform

    Resource mentioned in the episode
    A framework on measuring impact in social change (Scaling Up, Scaling Out, Scaling Deep) by Michele-lee Moore, Darcy Riddell, and Dan Vocisano
    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/298971574_Scaling_Out_Scaling_Up_Scaling_Deep_Strategies_of_Non-profits_in_Advancing_Systemic_Social_Innovation 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Disability justice and Earth care with Valerie Novack

    Disability justice and Earth care with Valerie Novack

    Valerie Novack is an incredible policy researcher working at the intersections of disability justice, emergency management response and inclusive city design.

    In today’s episode, we dive deep into disability justice and the connections with Earth care. We explore some core elements of disability justice including rest, sustainability, the ability to learn and interdependence and why they are key to helping us reimagine the environmental movement. 

    Valerie also explains why our definition of community should include our more-than-human beings and how that is connected to disability justice.

    This episode is not one to be missed! 

    Episode timestamps 
    00:00 Introduction
    03:12 Valerie’s relationship with nature 
    06:27 How Valerie got into disability justice 
    16:18 What is disability justice
    23:40 How rest and sustainability enables disability justice in Earth care
    30:02 How the ability to learn enables disability justice in Earth care 
    31:37 How interdependence is crucial for disability justice
    35:32 How and why ableism shows up in Earth care
    39:50 Individual action versus systems change
    46:18 Why our definition of community should include our relationships with other species 
    52:15 How disability justice invites us to live values aligned with Earth care
    59:55 Disability and wholeness 
    01:07:00 How to support Valerie and Valerie’s work
    01:09:00 How to support Black Earth Podcast

    Read the disability justice principles by Sins Invalid
    https://www.sinsinvalid.org/blog/10-principles-of-disability-justice 

    Support Valerie Novack
    Valerie on X - https://twitter.com/MADtastically 

    Support Black Earth Podcast
    Connect with us on Instagram, LinkedIn and Tiktok: @blackearthpodcast 
    Subscribe and read episode transcripts: https://www.blackearthpodcast.com/ 
    Support us through Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/BlackEarthPodcast

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Becoming Black Girl Environmentalists with Wanjiku Gatheru

    Becoming Black Girl Environmentalists with Wanjiku Gatheru

    Wanjiku 'Wawa' Gatheru is the pioneering Executive Director and Founder of Black Girl Environmentalist. Black Girl Environmentalist is a U.S. organisation dedicated to addressing the leadership pathway and retention issue in the climate movement for Black girls, women and gender-expansive people in the United States.

    In this inspiring episode, we explore the mission and vision of Black Girl Environmentalist and its impact in the world. Wawa and I discuss important elements to help you create an empowering, mission-aligned and impactful career in the environmental justice movement. As the rising and returning generation of environmentalists, we also take time to re-member and honor the contributions of our African American elders to the modern environmental justice movement.

    • 58 min
    Understanding abolitionist Earth care with Evie Muir

    Understanding abolitionist Earth care with Evie Muir

    Evie is a writer, a domestic abuse survivor and specialist, and the founder of Peaks of Colour. Peaks of Colour is a nature-for-healing community group by and for people of colour in England.

    In this powerful episode, Evie and I reflect on their experiences as a domestic abuse survivor and specialist and their journey of healing through reconnecting with nature.

    We explore abolitionist visions for earth care through Peaks of Colour group. 

    We discuss important elements for abolitionist Earth care including pleasure, community and land justice. 

    Evie shares more details on their upcoming book, Radical Rest, and why it is important for anyone committed to Earth care.

    Trigger warning: Today's episode contains some serious themes, including Evie's experiences of surviving domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and white supremacy terrorism.
    Episode timestamps
    0:00 Introducing Evie
    03:02 Evie’s relationship with nature 
    7:55 Evie’s experiences of surviving domestic violence and intimate partner violence
    15:20 Evie’s experiences of healing themselves and working in the Violence against Women and Girls sector
    25:34 Peaks of Colour and what abolitionist earth care means
    39:45 The importance of embodied practice for trauma survivors and why it’s important to lead with what feels good
    48:09 How black people can create safety from racialised violence whilst outdoors with nature
    57:21 Evie’s upcoming book on ‘Radical Rest’ and why it’s time for soft life in black womanhood
    1:07:00 How to support Evie
    1:10:00 How to support Black Earth

    Support Evie Muir
    Support Peaks of Colour - https://www.peaksofcolour.org/ 
    Support Evie Muir - https://eviemuir.com/ 

    Support Black Earth Podcast
    Connect with us on Instagram, LinkedIn and Tiktok: @blackearthpodcast 
    Subscribe and read episode transcripts: https://www.blackearthpodcast.com/ 
    Support us through Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/BlackEarthPodcast 

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Planting a homegrown Caribbean movement for climate justice with Derval Barzey

    Planting a homegrown Caribbean movement for climate justice with Derval Barzey

    Derval Barzey is the creator of the Climate Conscious podcast, which amplifies the Caribbean perspective on climate change and sustainable development. She's also a leader and expert on the just energy transition in the Caribbean.

    In today's episode, we explore what it means to build a homegrown movement in the Caribbean that fosters sustainable development, empowers all people, and ensures meaningful progress on climate justice.

    We discuss what a just energy transition looks like in the Caribbean as well as Derval’s motivation for setting up the Caribbean Women for Climate Justice conferences.

    Derval also shares with us impactful ways the Caribbean diaspora can contribute to homegrown climate justice in the region.

    Episode timestamps
    00:00 - Introduction to Derval
    03:01 - Derval’s relationship with nature
    05:32 - Derval’s appreciation for nature in urban and rural spaces
    07:32 - Why Derval chose to work in the energy sector 
    11:53 - What a just energy transition means
    15:02 - Why equity matters in the just energy transition and what it looks like
    25:04 - Why Derval set up the Caribbean Women for Climate Justice conference 
    33:50 - What homegrown sustainable development looks like in the Caribbean
    46:22 - Solutions and pathways for homegrown sustainable development in the Caribbean
    49:20 - Effective contributions the diaspora can make to realise climate justice in the Caribbean
    55:06 - Derval’s reflections on her podcast, Climate Conscious podcast
    58:55 - How you can support Derval
    01:00:00 - How you can support Black Earth Podcast

    If you liked this episode, check out our other podcast episodes with similar themes
    Hurricanes and climate justice in the Caribbean with Marjahn Finlayson How gorillas and communities can live in harmony with Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka
    Support Derval Barzey
    Listen and subscribe to Climate Conscious Podcast - https://theclimateconscious.buzzsprout.com/ 

    Watch and share recordings of the Caribbean Women for Climate Justice Conference #CW4CJ on YouTube

    Support Black Earth Podcast
    Connect with us on Instagram, LinkedIn and Tiktok: @blackearthpodcast 
    Subscribe and read episode transcripts: https://www.blackearthpodcast.com/ 
    Support us through Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/BlackEarthPodcast 

    • 1 hr 2 min

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Keep focusing on what makes us different instead of trying to find solutions and forgiveness. Enjoy your black privilege, no other group shouts louder than yours about how the world hates them. Why don’t you try being productive instead of a victim? I don’t see shows called Asian Earth, or Latin Earth, or Aboriginal Earth, or god forbid, White Earth. Y’all are the only social group who can get away with having such a title and I bet you feel so brave and proud for standing up against the evil whities! You’re just as much as the problem. Multiply love, don’t divide it.

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