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Digital Subscriptions > Be Kind > Mar/Apr 2019 > The kids are alright

The kids are alright

Just because you’re young, it doesn’t mean your voice won’t be heard

How many times in your life have you been told you can’t do something? You’re too clumsy, too short, too silly, too young? Fortunately, there are children across the world who have followed their hearts to pave the way to an eco-friendly, sustainable future. We have found the most influential teens that question the way things are and fight tirelessly to create a better world for their generation.

Genesis Butler, 12

@aveganchildsjourneygenesis

“What does veganism have to do with the planet?” asks Genesis Butler, during her 2017 Tedx Talk. “I know. I thought the same thing too – until I learned the facts, and honestly, they really worried me. And I hope they worry you, too.” Although only 10 years old at the time, Genesis shared why she questioned the ethics of the food on her plate – chicken nuggets, to be precise – and how she went vegetarian overnight after realising it was ‘real’ chicken. Her questions then lead her, and her family, to veganism, a topic which she is incredibly passionate about for both animal and environmental welfare reasons. “I see a lot of people in their eco-friendly cars, with their ‘Save the Earth’ bumper stickers, but they’re in drive-throughs ordering burgers,” Genesis says. “I wonder if they know that animal agriculture causes far more environmental destruction that the entire transportation industry.”

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About Be Kind

Hello, Welcome to the new issue. We had an overwhelming response to our first edition – we’re so glad we reached so many like-minded people who want to make the world a better place. This month we’re looking at the huge topic of food and, in particular, why so much of this precious resource ends up in the bin. I was astonished to learn that around one third of all food produced for humans gets wasted each year – that’s around 1.3 billion tonnes of perfectly edible food ending up lost or wasted. It’s time to redress the balance and start taking responsibility for our own contribution to these scary statistics, and this issue is packed with ways to reduce your food footprint, make more sustainable choices and fight back against waste. So many times this month I have found myself referring back to how our grandparents used to live – buying items built to last, repairing and reusing, being creative with food scraps and living, where possible, within their means. Sharing this ethos, we spoke to the inspirational social enterprise Emmaus, who are encouraging us all to ditch the flat pack and buy second-hand furniture and the lovely Selkie Patterns who want to get us all sewing our own clothes. With these small steps, together we can start making a difference. Enjoy the issue, Phillipa Editor