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A new reality

Is it just us, or is it getting hot around here?

Look outside and what do you see? If you’re lucky, you might be surrounded by lush greenery and blue skies, or maybe you’ll look out onto a grey, built-up street. Whatever the chances are, everything will look normal – nothing will strike you as being particularly peculiar, and it certainly won’t seem as if the world is ending. But the truth is, our planet is changing – it’s heating up, and quickly, too. Of course, we’re aware that our seas are flooded with plastic, and that the meat and dairy industries are leaking greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, but it’s easy to live our day-to-day lives and forget about the issues that our world is facing, because they don’t appear to affect our lives directly. As the circle of life continues, we’re left to wonder what kind of world our children will see when they reach our age, and whether they can look forward to a stable, steady future, or one with unpredictable weather, famine, and elevated levels of crime and war.

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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