Sarah Robyn Farrell
environmental communicator, musician, writer and socio-environmental activist
As an environmental communicator, musician, writer and activist, I dedicate my work and art to the pursuit for a more sustainable and just world. I am not disillusioned nor married to the outcome of “saving the world” but believe that every action to build a better world for all is a worthwhile one. I am passionate about addressing the intersections between environmental injustice, and all other forms of social injustice. You can read about my take on intersectional environmentalism here. I am also interested in addressing the disconnection to nature and community that humanity has come to suffer from, largely as a result of white settler colonialism and unregulated capitalism.
Some of my recent work and activism experience includes:
– Founder of transparenCI, a boutique environmental communications firm
– Volunteer co-ordinator & director at African Climate Alliance
– A lead organiser in the major climate protests in Cape Town in 2019
– Work with NGOs including Fossil Free South Africa and 350 Africa
– Writing work for a number of online platforms including Twyg Mag, Three Mag, and the Sustainability Business School in Switzerland
On this website, you will find a collection of some of my work: blogs, articles, music, and videos. If you are interested in working with me, you can download my CV or download my portfolio and get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Love in our Hearts is out now on all major streaming platforms
My debut single, Love in our Hearts, is a song inspired by the idea of shared humanity in a time of increasing social tension and ecological decay. A song dedicated to a revolutionary kind of love.
Hibiscus is out now on all major streaming platforms & will be featured alongside a spoken word at the 2021 (un)Infecting the City public arts festival.
Hibiscus touches on the theme of personal, and systemic grief in the face of loss, ecological destruction, and socio-political injustice. It makes reference to “the roots” of many of the issues we face today, and provides a hopeful alternative. To look to the earth as to what to do in times of difficulty. The earth brings us sustenance even through her cycles of decay. So surely, even when we are facing difficulty, we can still choose to give back?
Is zero waste really possible? I'd bargain on no. There are all sorts of considerations around why: Currently 'zero waste' living is not accessible to the average person It assumes everything we send to the recyclers actually gets recycled (it doesn't - sadly) There...read more
I have struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember. As I have gotten older, I have had the opportunity and privilege to deal with it through therapy and lots of self growth. I have been on cocktail of medicines which helped me through some of my darkest...read more
What is the environmental movement unless it serves all people? Unless it acknowledges that ecologic, race and gender (etc.) politics are heavily intertwined?
It is on this basis that it is imperative to understand and act out environmentalism through the lens of intersectionality.
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This article originally featured on Threemag.co.za as part of my Stay Sustainable Column In my debut Stay Sustainable column exploring sustainable ways to have sex, I joked that, considering the planetary resources it takes to have a child, the most sustainable condom...read more
Over the past week, I have been thinking long about how best I can show support to those who will be most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic: doctors, nurses, grocery workers, poor/working-class people and more vulnerable groups like the elderly or the...read more
This blog was updated on 30/04/20 to reflect some of the swift ongoing changes in the Covid-19 epidemic in SA. The Coronavirus, which was officially declared a pandemic this week by WHO, has found its way to South Africa, causing an unprecedented nationwide lockdown....read more
In the heart of Salt River in Cape Town, lies a space totally changed in a matter of just 10 days. A space transformed from a degraded piece of land dumped with rubbish, to a bright and joyful urban community food garden, now known as the Salt River Community Food...read more
In the past week something took place reminding me (once again) how far we have to go to dismantle systems of oppression within the environmental movement. It looked like this: Ugandan Climate Activist (and Ally of our youth lead climate justice movement African...read more
I wrote a blog for the Sustainability Business School in Switzerland on 10 ways to make 2020 the most sustainable year yet! From addressing our diet and calling for policy change on food subsidies, to going flight free, to calling for fossil fuel divestment, to...read more
I recently had a visit from fellow communicator Lee Rael of Seed, a creative studio dedicated to sustainability. As part of his work Lee hosts the Seedpod, "A podcast dedicated to the South Africans shaping the country through entrepreneurship, sustainability and...read more
Recently @the.mirror and the @theslowfactory released a collaboration on Instagram showcasing the 'hidden figures' of climate justice. As @the.mirror said in a post on the topic: "Black, brown and indigenous people have been leading the lines in #sustainability and...read more
Over the past days social media erupted as influencers and news sites from around the western world (or at least my social media echo chamber) finally picked up on the wildfires that have been ravaging the Amazon rainforest for weeks. I held back on speaking out about...read more
I was recently given the opportunity to speak on the LCA Spark Talks stage to share my journey from sustainability advocate to climate justice activist. I tried my best to distill this journey into seven minutes and six lessons so people could take inspiration to...read more
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