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How to avoid climate breakdown

There’s a lot of talk about apocalypse lately. That’s important, because irreversibly collapsing the ecosystems on which human life depends is a terrifying prospect.

Our May-June issue examines the ideas and actions – social, economic and political – that can still get us out of this mess.

This isn’t about looking on the bright side. Rather it’s about ‘conditional optimism’. We believe we can still avoid the worst of climate change because we see the tools and movements emerging to help us tackle it.


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‘Real education happens outside the classroom’

Pacific Climate Warrior Brianna Fruean and Anna Taylor of the UK school strikes movement share notes over what inspires them...

Mixed media: film

Malcolm Lewis reviews Woman at War, directed and co-written by Benedikt Erlingsson; The Third Wife, directed and written by Ash...

Letter from Dhaka: the careful image

What is required to be an authentic person? Parsa Sanjana Sajid ponders the answer from the bright lights of a photo studio.

The giant of India’s environmental movement

Fiona Broom reflects on the legacy of the pioneering environmental journalist, Darryl D'monte, who passed away last month.

Behrouz Boochani: Australia is introducing a ‘new kind of fascism’

Husna Rizvi interviews Behrouz Boochani, the award-winning, Kurdish-Iranian writer who has been imprisoned on Manus Island...

Manafort’s history of violence in Africa

For Nanjala Nyabola, the sentencing of Trump’s campaign chair tells us a lot about the West’s relationship to Africa.

Habitable Earth

There’s still time to mitigate the worst effects of climate change. Can we pull it off? Hazel Healy makes the case for...
This year, South Africa marks 25 years since its first democratic elections, which ended white minority rule, made Nelson Mandela president and gave all South Africans equal political rights. Ilvy Njiokiktjien photographs the young South Africans who have known only life in the post-apartheid ‘rainbow nation’.

Photo essay: South Africa’s born-frees

This year, South Africa marks 25 years since its first democratic elections. Ilvy Njiokiktjien photographs the young South...

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