Our contact with nature has been broken. The environment that most of us are born into is mainly brick and concrete. The animals that we share this space with are largely pets or pests – the spider climbing the wall lost in our territory. The fridge buzzes quietly in the kitchen, full of the industrialised and processed produce it’s keeping cool. Our lives, thoughts, consciousness, become overwhelmed and consumed by the digital world that we connect with through a range of different sized screens. Our wonder at the natural beauty our planet presents to us is one step removed by the screen resolution and detail of the image.
Without that contact how can we really understand the impact of the decisions we make as people and governments? How can we even truly understand ourselves as a part of nature? Where the Leaves Fall is a magazine that explores humankind’s push-pull relationship with the natural world.
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Printing is traditionally one of the most wasteful industries, and we’ve taken great care to make sure that Where the Leaves Fall is printed in the most sustainable way possible. The size and page count of the magazine are designed to maximise the use of the paper sheets the magazine is produced from. The magazine is printed in the UK by Seacourt, which uses 100% renewable energy and creates zero waste to landfill. Its waterless printing technology has saved millions of litres of water and reduced volatile organic compounds by 98%. A wormery happily munches through staff food waste, while paper waste and print plates are recycled. In 2017, the European Commission awarded the company an EMAS – Europe’s most prestigious environmental award. This magazine is printed as 100% carbon positive and recyclable, although we hope readers will keep it and enjoy it as part of a growing collection for years to come.
It is our mission, as we publish the magazine, for the design and production techniques to be refined and improved as we progress, asking questions of ourselves.
Where the Leaves Fall is born out of and informed by a series of conversations held at and with OmVed Gardens, in London, UK. Until recently a wounded and tarmacked wasteland, OmVed has been transformed into a diverse eco habitat with a wild flower meadow, an orchard and a vegetable garden. Through collaboration with artists, architects, chefs, musicians and horticulturalists, it is exploring the nature of the relationship between people and our connection to the environment. It facilitates exhibitions, workshops, concerts, dinners and discussions, creating collaborations around the topics of food, creativity and ecological transformation. As physicist and ecologist Fritjof Capra said: “It is only by connecting to nature that we can know who we are.” Maybe it is also true to say that it is only by connecting to ourselves that we can know what nature is. Knowing more about ourselves and knowing more about nature are one and the same thing. OmVed has partnered with the UN World Food Program on events to highlight worldwide disparities and to speak about the UN Sustainable Development Goals.