Hi, I’m Zarna, a steering committee member of Earthship Seattle. I’ve been an activist all my life, and have struggled for justice on three different continents. I’ve struggled for the environment, fair trade, student rights, social justice, women’s rights, and for political transparency. One thing I’ve learned is that the activist struggle is relentless. It’s a continous rage against the machine of capitalism, greed, prejudice, and fear.
While every minute of the struggle is worthy, and every victory – big or small – is celebrated, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the nature of the work. To fight and fight against a system that continues to burn fossil fuels even when hundreds of thousands of people march in the streets…it can lower even the most enthusiastic spirit. Knowing that in less than two hundred years human beings have destroyed a global ecological balance that took thousands of years to form – that is an overwhelming truth even for a seasoned activist.
Burnout becomes a genuine threat at that point for anyone and particularly for me. I wonder if I can continue on this path when it’s so emotionally and mentally draining to fight an oppressive system.
That’s one of the reasons why Earthship Seattle is so important to me. The work we do is about building something tangible beyond that oppressive system.
It’s incredibly healing for me to be at an Earthship Seattle work party, working with dirt and recycled materials, knowing that with every bottle brick we make and tire we pound, we’re taking pollution out of the environment. It’s healing to be in such a positive atmosphere, where community members come together without words or placards but instead with shovels and positive energy. It gives me the strength and motivation to keep going on this path, and feel hope that good sense and community will triumph in the end. That’s why I’m able to continue my work in activism through grassroots direct action, while also presenting concrete solutions against the system through Earthship Seattle.
Earthship solutions don’t depend on waiting for politicians to FINALLY make the right decision, or corporations to grow a conscience. To build an Earthship and help others in the community build Earthships – that is the healing art of Earthship Seattle. It’s unique among activist groups because while we know that our mission won’t be easy to accomplish, we know that we’ll be building the whole way.