Seth is putting creativity to work for environmetal justice.

In January 2020, Title Track will host a training around privilege, power and healing for local nonprofits. In the spirit of exchange intended in our Changemaker Fellowship, Seth will bring his learning from the training to community groups during Collaborative Songwriting for Collective Liberation workshops. Here's a bit from Seth about this work.

Help us get to know Title Track. What's a metaphor from nature you would use to describe your work?

Great question! My first thought is that we seek to be like mycelium - a large life-giving network embedded in the earth, helping the soil thrive and the plants grow up strong and resilient. 

Each of the nonprofits participating in the seminar work with our environment in some way. Title Track weaves youth, water and equity together. Why are today's environmental leaders working to build equity and social justice?

It’s a really good thing that environmental leaders are becoming more aligned with equity and social justice work. Communities of color and Native communities are disproportionately harmed by environmental degradation. Folks in marginalized communities tend to work the hardest for change, too. So it’s a moral obligation to center those communities and answer to the voices of those frontline leaders. Many of us in Northern, white-majority communities have realized our privilege to be able to choose the type of environmental activism we wish to engage in, while folks in Flint and Detroit have had no choice other than to fight every day for their right to safe, affordable water. It’s a confluence of structural injustices that comes together to threaten the most basic of necessities - water for our ourselves, our families, our children.

Naomi Klein recently said: “I have had many conversations with environmentalists over the years where they seem really to believe that by linking fighting climate change with fighting poverty, or fighting for racial justice, it’s going to make the fight harder. We have to get out of this “my crisis is bigger than your crisis: first we save the planet and then we fight poverty and racism, and violence against women”. That doesn’t work. That alienates the people who would fight hardest for change.“

Title Track helps people put creativity to work for change. What does creativity make possible for people when engaging with great challenges?

Creativity opens up many possibilities! Working with a creativity can turn a challenging, triggering conversation into a transformative healing process. It raises the ceiling, opens up a container that can hold our emotions, our questions, our dreams for best possible outcomes. As creative practitioners in the non-profit world, we recognize the power of art to raise awareness in a historical way and in a very personal way.