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The Big Issue: Safeguarding the Future

What does your future look like?

When you think of the future, what first springs to mind? Flying cars and talking robots? Or, maybe you’ve always envisioned a balmy utopia of warmer weather? Building an image of a futuristic world inside our minds is a fun fantasy, but, it’s more often than not, overly optimistic. As we’re battling to stop the Earth’s temperature from rising, humanity is divided about what to do. Some are happy to brush the global issues that threaten our planet under the rug, while the rest of us are left to pick up the pieces, which raises the question – what does the future really look like?

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About Be Kind

Hello, Most of us are lucky enough to have someone who taught us how to be kind. For me, it was my dad. He showed me how to warm up a cold bumble bee in my hands and how to grow runner beans in the garden. Dad was forever picking up litter wherever we went, rescuing the baby ducklings who had slipped down the drain outside our house, and he taught me to have the utmost respect for all creatures, great and small. As the threats of climate change and plastic pollution weigh heavily on our minds, we spend so much time focusing on looking forward, concerned about the damage we have wreaked on our planet and what the future holds. However, it seems a lot of the answers to our current problems can be found by looking backwards. In this issue we talk about lessons we have learned from past generations, how to adopt a thriftier, more careful attitude to waste and the importance of sharing information. We discuss the valuable lessons we have learned from our families and friends and hope to inspire more people to go back to basics – it might just be the only way to save the world. We also had the pleasure of speaking to Deliciously Ella about making vegetables cool, Mark Griffiths shares the most wonderful images of inspiring open-water swimmers, and the Culinary Caveman gives us his top tips for successful foraging. Enjoy the issue, Phillipa Editor