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Clouding your judgement

In New Delhi, during the autumn of 2017, poor visibility resulted in a 24-vehicle pile up on the Yamuna Expressway. Fortunately, there were no fatalities linked to this incident, but it is scary nonetheless. That is because people are entirely at fault – not nature or a freak accident. People, and the deliberate, albeit misguided, choices we have made over the last 200 years, were the sole contributors to this accident. The air pollution in New Delhi was so high that the drivers could not see well enough to operate their vehicles without crashing. This is the world we live in today.

It is a world governed by a new era of dominance over nature, now commonly referenced as the Anthropocene. Part of this epoch means that we are not only warming the atmosphere as a result of greenhouse gas emissions, but we are also damaging our most-needed lifeline – air. In the history of our species, we are yet to breathe this much carbon dioxide, pollutants, dust, ash and smoke.

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IN THIS ISSUE
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Jake Stones investigates the damage air pollution is having on our planet
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Natasha Mudhar believes that together we all have the power to make a real impact on the planet
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Florence Reeves-White on why we should be wary of manipulative marketing
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THE BIG ISSUE – ANIMALS
From canines to cats, there are so many animals searching for their forever home
Lily Woods investigates the sad reality of breeding animals solely for human consumption
We chat to author and illustrator, Millie Marotta, whose passion for endangered animals shines through in her latest book
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Kaya Purchase investigates why so many species are dying out
Small but mighty, these little insects keep our ecosystems working to perfection – but, they are in danger and need your help
We meet two companies doing great work to save the bees
COMMUNITY
Beth Lambert wants to make sustainable living mainstream
This workers’ co-operative café epitomises kindness
A simple dog walk can bring divided communities together
If you’re passionate about the planet, channel this into a green-minded start-up
We get some advice from Sophie Rae, who has set up her own eco company
Kirsty Grace on how to show compassion to our furry companions
Meet the group who are tackling mental health stigma one stride at a time
SUSTAINABILITY
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Laura Gaga spends seven days on a budget
Sustainable products to help your bright sparks get a head start
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CREATIVITY
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The environment and music combine to create a concert with a twist
Banish plastic-wrapped beauty products and get creative by making your own natural soap
Sewing teacher and seamstress, Amy Harris, is changing the way we perceive and treat our clothing, one stitch at a time
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Our columnist on finding easy restfulness
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