The themes for this issue focus on extinction, reconnection and redesign, alongside a series of dialogues.
LIVING CLOSE TO THE EDGE
The issue opens with photographer Kazi Md. Jahirul Islam’s extraordinary picture essay on the floods in Bangladesh and the damage that they wreak on everyday life in Chittagong. Aaron Davies looks at efforts to save the world’s wild coffee species, many of which are at risk of extinction. And Anna Souter explores how plants, surviving the worst manmade disasters, can offer an alternative model for living in the face of the environmental crisis.
A TIME TO RECONNECT
Victor Steffenson’s words and Peter McConchie’s photographs create a powerful message for our cover story, which looks at how Indigenous fire management methods could help save Australia and improve the environment. We also hear how conservationists in the UK are using a creative approach to engage people with nature. And our picture story from the Choithram Netralaya eye hospital in Indore reveals how free cataract operations can help India’s poorest regain their sight and their lives.
REDESIGN / RETHINK / REWORK
We examine how community groups and retailers are changing the way we access and engage with food and with each other, from a movement to promote simple plant-based recipes in working class areas of Brazil to the Kitchen Social in north London, UK, which brings the local community together around food and activities. We also talk to designer and author Julia Watson about how traditional Indigenous technologies could be adapted to improve modern cities.
Climate activist Ayisha Siddiqa describes how her personal history led her to the climate movement, writer Jonny Keen looks at wildlife on a brownfield site, and journalist Paul F Cockburn explores how we need darkness in our lives.
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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.