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The Pod Café

Not only a hub for vegan food, this is a community space with ethics at its heart

The Pod is so much more than just your average café – serving up nourishing vegan food, while also being part of Coventry City Council, and home to an entire team who care about people and the planet. Alongside the regular workings of the café, The Pod also offers services to help improve mental health and they also run social activism programmes that aim to tackle food poverty. And if that wasn’t impressive enough, ingredients for the café’s plant-based menu are sourced primarily from local growers, traders and The Pod’s very own allotment, so you can be sure of where your meal has come from field to fork. The café team tell us more.

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Hello, If you’d asked me earlier this year what images the Amazon rainforest conjured up in my mind, it would be densely packed, lush green trees, brightly coloured macaws and chatty toucans living alongside speedy squirrel monkeys and majestic jaguars. Perhaps naively, I assumed that the world’s largest rainforest was a constant – a protected part of our natural landscape, somewhere we can all close our eyes and see images of, like the Alps or the river Nile. But, over the last few months, this idyllic picture of the Amazon has been destroyed, replaced with haunting and horrifying images of blazing fires and ominous plumes of smoke. Often described as the lungs of the planet, the Amazon now looks like it’s starting to choke. The anthropogenic impact we have had on some of the most vital natural resources on the planet is really starting to show. The notion of constants is changing, too – our glaciers are melting, our rainforests are being destroyed, our rivers are polluted and our coastlines eroded – the landscape of our planet as we know it looks set to continue to transform and degrade. As bleak a future as I’m describing, it’s not all doom and gloom and there are many things we can do to help. We want the future generations to close their eyes and picture the toucans, not the burning embers of what was once the greatest rainforest on Earth. We need to act, and we need to do it now. Have a great month, Phillipa Editor