Issue #8

Crisis Resilience Recovery

Themes for this issue include justice and the environment; refugee conditions; climate breakdown; infrastructure; historic extinctions; human impact; post-disaster life; the sun's healing properties; biodiversity advocacy; urban farming; colonial legacies and inclusivity in environmental discourse.

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Life’s Resilience: the Perspective of Deep Time
A palaeontologist reflects on historic extinction events and what we might learn from them today.

The Future is Ancestral
An interview with Ailton Krenak. Ailton was born in the Doce River valley in Minas Gerais, is a member of the Krenak people and has become one of the main voices in defence of Indigenous peoples’ rights in Brazil.

No Planet B
We caught up with the UN Biodiversity Conference's Executive Secretary Elizabeth Mrema who calls for global action to build a future of life in harmony with nature.

Bathed in Light
The healing properties of the sun, thought to be a cure for tuberculosis, influenced Modernist medicine, literature and architecture. Are there lessons to be learned from a moment in history marked by a unique health crisis?

Obituary for a Coyote
A dead coyote conjures thoughts of last rites and Native American folklore.

African, Dream Again
Forced into labour as a child in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s cobalt mines, Kikuni Papsher escaped and now helps refugee children in Uganda.

Children of the Climate Crisis
Bringing a child into climate chaos can feel daunting, but we can see the world anew through their eyes.

Finding the Balance
There is an imbalance of power in the environmental movement. If we are having conversations about the future of the planet, then we need to include everyone.

The Colonial Life of Plants
Museums in the UK are being forced to deal with their colonial legacies, and this often focuses on the return of looted objects. But what does this movement towards justice mean for less tangible forms of cultural heritage, like plants?

COP26: a Changemaker’s View
Where the Leaves Fall contacted global changemakers for their thoughts and reactions to this year’s COP26 - the UN Climate Change Conference.

Future Proof
As climate change-induced extreme weather events ravage countries across the world, leading to destruction, death and displacement, governments and planners are having to rethink infrastructure alongside cutting carbon emissions.

Dust, Rain and War
Syrian photographer Fadi Al-Shami has been documenting events in Syria since 2013. Most recently, he has focused his lens on the Idlib governate, a region to the north-west of the country that is caught between the opposition forces that control the area and the advance of government forces backed by Russia and Iran.

Seed Time
A poem by Will Burns

Naturalists of the Long Now
Ian van Coller's project seeks to make notions of deep time comprehensible through visual exploration of glacier ice, as well as other earthly archives. He collaborates with scientists to make art that challenges viewers to think about the vast scales of geologic time - both past and future.

No Man’s Farm
Words and photography by Atikah Zata Amani. Born and raised in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, Amani is witnessing how this city has been transformed into a centre of business.

Issue #8

Crisis Resilience Recovery

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