In a profound loss for the Nashville community and the environmental advocacy world at large, Sizwe Herring, a revered environmental activist from Nashville, TN, has passed away. His commitment to environmental and social justice has left an indelible mark on the community he served.
Who was Sizwe Herring?
Sizwe Herring was a pioneering figure in the realm of environmental activism within Nashville. As the founder and Executive Director of EarthMatters Tennessee, he dedicated his life to fostering a greener, healthier environment. His work extended beyond his organization, touching every aspect of the community through his various roles.
Sizwe Herring Career
For two decades, Sizwe Herring served as the director of EarthMatters Networks TN, leading the charge on numerous environmental initiatives. He established EarthMatters Tennessee with the goal of promoting recycling, composting, and other environmentally conscious practices in Nashville neighborhoods.
EarthMatters Tennessee is a coalition of environmental educators, young people, and organizations that work towards improving the community and people’s lives by offering services and goods that protect the environment. Through this organization, Sizwe Herring’s passion for environmental justice found concrete expression, impacting countless lives along the way.
Beyond his leadership role at EarthMatters, Sizwe was also a senior counselor for the Kids To The Country program and a volunteer at the EarthMatters community garden and composting site, demonstrating his unwavering dedication to his community.
How did Sizwe Herring die, Know more about his Cause of Death
Sizwe Herring passed away on January 4, 2023, following a brief yet intense illness. He had been dealing with impaired lumbar nerves that affected the muscles in his right hip, leg, ankle, and foot, causing severe pain and discomfort. This condition led to major reconstructive spinal surgery about a year before his death.
Sizwe Herring Obituary
The Nashville community is mourning the loss of this environmental stalwart. Tributes have been pouring in, highlighting the profound impact of Sizwe Herring’s work. His unwavering commitment to environmental justice and his tireless efforts to improve Nashville’s neighborhoods will be remembered for generations to come.
Steve BradyWe lost a dear friend and brother Sizwe Herring today. He was a wonderful human being, who leaves a great legacy with his urban project Earth Matters Mudkin Matters (Creating green and garden spaces in urban environments and inspiring the youth to care for Mother Earth 🌍) and Kids To The Country helping my Mom Mary Ellen Bowen for over 30 years. He touched a lot of people, and enriched the lives of many more. He was a dear brother and a great friend to me and my family. I will miss him dearly. I’m sending our love out to Aminata Dismukes and the family during this difficult time.The Buddhists believe and is referenced in the Tibetan book of the dead, that the period between death and rebirth lasts 49 days and involves three bardos. The first is the moment of death itself. The consciousness of the newly deceased becomes aware of and accepts the fact that it has recently died, and it reflects upon its past life. In the second bardo, it encounters frightening apparitions. Without an understanding that these apparitions are unreal, the consciousness becomes confused and, depending upon its karma, may be drawn into a rebirth that impedes its liberation. The third bardo is the transition into a new body.While in the bardo between life and death, the consciousness of the deceased can still apprehend words and prayers spoken on its behalf, which can help it to navigate through its confusion and be reborn into a new existence that offers a greater chance of attaining enlightenment. This is my prayer and meditation for him.I know he will be dancing with the ancestors and be at peace. Sail on brother! 🙏❤️🤗
As we mourn Sizwe Herring’s passing, let us also celebrate his life and legacy, remembering him as an individual who truly embodied the spirit of service and community. His memory will continue to inspire and guide future environmental activists and community leaders.