Issue #3

Extinction / Reconnection / Redesign

This issue explores Indigenous fire management in Australia, plant resilience in disasters, nature's role in conservation, innovative food initiatives, Lo-TEK for climate resilience, wild coffee species extinction risk and the transformative impact of free eye surgeries at an Indian hospital.

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Nuclear Plants
Plants have an extraordinary ability to grow and adapt in even the most hostile environments. Anna Souter explores how plants have survived the worst manmade disasters - and considers how vegetal beings can offer an alternative model for living in the face of the environmental crisis.

The Right Fire
Replacing western fire regimes, based on hazard reduction, with Indigenous fire management methods could help save Australia and improve the environment: we must learn from the knowledge and practice of the elders and pass it on to future generations.

Back From The Brink
What if the biggest barrier to saving our planet is simply that we have stopped noticing nature? A creative approach to conservation, based on research into the link between nature and wellbeing, delves into how much wild connections matter for us.

Food for Thought
Community groups and retailers are finding ways to change the way we engage with food and with each other. We examine three urban-focused schemes that are having an impact both locally and globally.

Julia is the author of the book Lo– TEK Design by Radical Indigenism. She coined the term Lo-TEK - combining lo-tech and Traditional Environmental Knowledge (TEK) - to describe Indigenous technologies that she believes can be adopted more widely to mitigate climate change and build a resilient future.

Rethinking Food Provision
Combining food retail with education and community outreach, multifunctional food hubs aim to bring us together and make us active participants in the food system rather than just consumers.

Kitchen Social
Children in London, England, describe how access to food through holiday provision can affect nutritional and social wellbeing.

On the Periphery
How two working class brothers from Campinas, Brazil, began a social media movement to introduce veganism to a low-income audience, inspiring hundreds of thousands of followers with their simple recipes for plant-based meals.

The Bitter Reality
Research shows that 60% of the world’s 124 wild coffee species are at risk of extinction. Protecting those coffee species, and other wild relatives of our food crops is vital for long-term sustainability.

Beyond the Fence
Brownfield sites are generally seen as ugly, industry-befouled waste land. But they form unique habitats that support a range of wildlife.

Reclaiming the Darkness
Whether it’s street lighting or using our smartphones, reducing darkness from our lives actually isn’t good for our health - or our sense of our place in the universe.

The Wood Element of Spring
The energetics of the five elements are the vital life force behind everything we do, and a constant presence within the cosmos, our solar system, and our earth.

The Breaking Loose of The Elements
Photography by Kazi Md. Jahirul Islam

The Waterfall
These photographs were taken at the Choithram Netralaya eye hospital, in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, during its 70-day “eye camp” that took place early 2020, in which 10,445 free procedures were carried out - restoring vision and allowing people to resume livelihoods that might otherwise have been in jeopardy.

Issue #3

Extinction / Reconnection / Redesign

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