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Helena Bennett

Choosing a kinder way of life

I was never someone others would call an animal lover. Sure, I like a dog as much as the next person, and had a mild obsession with dolphins when I was young. But I didn’t have posters of horses on my walls and I certainly didn’t consider giving up meat as many young animal lovers do. The key turning point for me was recognising that I was experiencing cognitive dissonance between what was I was putting on my plate, and the morals to which I held myself. Since that connection was made, my life has been changed in ways I never could have imagined possible. Veganism, for me, has been a journey that not only changed my diet, but altered the way in which I see the world and, consequently, changed my life. It prompted me to question everything, from where my food was coming from, to the consequences of the food choices we make, and ultimately my impact on the natural world.

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Hello, I can remember a time, not so long ago, when most people I know were afraid of bees. Along with wasps, bees would create carnage when innocently passing through a garden BBQ or picnic, as people dashed to safety, terrified of the striped stinging machines. Now, it seems that everyone loves the humble bumble – they’re viewed with reverence and affection, and their cute and cuddly depiction is worn on necklaces and T-shirts across the country. To say it’s been a turnaround would be an understatement, but why has this happened? Our perception of bees has had to change, but only because their crucial population is under threat and their plight has been brought into the public’s consciousness. We know that we have to protect them at all costs, or it will mean terrible things for mankind. But, how many other animals do we currently disregard, that we’ll only appreciate when they’re in trouble? How many of us look more fondly upon walruses, following Attenborough’s devastating documentary? This month we want to shine a light on non-human animals – the heroes who keep our ecosystems balanced, who help teach our children about the planet, and who bring our communities together. We share this Earth with so many creatures, great and small, all of whom are vital to our existence. But we need to begin to respect and care for them now, not just when the odds are against them. Enjoy the issue, Phillipa Editor