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Bel Georgieva Eco warrior

We talk to Bel Georgieva, environmentalist, influencer and author of The Sustainability Handbook

It’s definitely been a gradual realisation, but about a year or so ago I became fully aware of the gravity of the environmental issues we’re faced with. I have social media to thank for that. It was through Instagram that I connected with other environmentalists and started learning more about the problems, as well as ways to tackle it. My whole life I’ve been aware that littering is bad, but it wasn’t until recently that I learned that where we throw our trash isn’t the only thing that matters – it’s what and how much we throw away that matters even more.

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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