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Disaster relief

Jake Stones explores the relief work done across the globe when natural tragedies strike
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Nature, like most things, has the capacity to bite back when pushed into a corner. And if you hadn’t noticed, humanity is practically shoving nature into a corner with its perpetual release of CO2 emissions, continual dumping of plastic into the oceans, the stripping bare of natural environments for resources like palm oil, and the everexpanding cities and towns which are dealing with the demands of overpopulation.

The technical term for the moments when nature bears its teeth is a ‘natural disaster’. Aptly named, a natural disaster is an instance of severe damage and disruption, brought about through nature. Some of the more common natural disasters are volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, typhoons and wildfires. However, heatwaves, drought, famine and severe rain all make the list – as well as the rogue instances, like meteors and solar flares.

The human counterbalance to natural disaster is disaster relief. These are the efforts dedicated to overcoming disarray and despondency amid the fiercest exertions of energy found on the planet.

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Hello, Fashion has always been a strong form of expression for me; I’ve pored over glossy issues of Vogue from a young age, and get a thrill when the seasons change, and with them, the excuse to spend on new and exciting pieces for my wardrobe. With the rise and ease of shopping online it has become easier and quicker to get my hands on the latest styles, and it’s with a mixture of shame and excitement I go and collect my deliveries from the post room at work. But recently I realised the frequency and level of my spending was getting out of control – ‘I can just send it all back’, I’d foolishly reason with myself. It wasn’t until I read about the environmental impact of the fashion industry that I started to think about the part I was playing myself. Those next day deliveries have to be picked, packed and couriered, using man power and fuel. The bargain £5 tops come at a greater price, too – how can workers possibly be getting paid fairly to make them? And the fabrics surely can’t be ethically-sourced either? Fast fashion is alluring and tempting – it’s a quick and easy way to make us feel good, temporarily, but the damage it’s doing to the environment doesn’t sit well with me. So, I’ve vowed to make a change and to choose more sustainable ways to shop. This month we’ve looked into the issues surrounding fashion, from body image to throwaway culture, and found alternative ways for you to enjoy clothes, whilst being kinder to the planet. Have a great month, Phillipa Editor