Issue 7 – December 2021

Climate emergency is “a situation in which urgent action is required to reduce or halt climate change and avoid potentially irreversible environmental damage resulting from it” (Oxford Dictionaries). Climate emergency is here and now.

And yet, governments and businesses are still speaking empty words. They’re still making half-hearted promises – and they’re still breaking them.

The words in this issue are not empty. They are full of meaning, full of nuance, full of hope and possibility. Along with the issue’s striking photos, the poems and stories condemn human failures, while showcasing human potential.

What can be done? Go vegan, stop flying, avoid fast fashion. And be vocal. Earth.Org urges us all to “bring the climate crisis into the limelight”. It should never be out of it.

As always, we were blown away by the plethora of moving and powerful, destructive and instructive stories, poems and photos landing in our inbox. We hope that each piece chosen in this issue can contribute to meaningful, honest and urgent conversations.

Daniel & Elinor

Sarah Leavesley, Three Photos

Kristina T. Saccone, ‘Beyond Unbinds the Dragonfly’

Alisa Golden, ‘Re: Action’

Julian Bishop, ‘Hotel Extinction’

I fret at the edges, cutting out meat and unnecessary travel but I like to think, as a writer, that I have a more important role to play

Julian Bishop

Angela van Son, ‘Project report’

J.H. Hewitt, ‘Embers of all’

Chlo, Three Photos

Silk~, ‘Someone Else’s Dream’

Carl Farrell, ‘Serendipity’

Abi Hennig, ‘Arrhythmia’

Bonnie Meekums, ‘Snellen Fractions’

What the earth needs is for us all to feel gut-wrenching remorse for what we’ve done. And then, to hold hands and rise up en masse, with a peaceful determination to heal our home

Bonnie Meekums

John Aberdein, ‘Venus Knott’

Fadilah Ali, ‘time and time and time again’

Fabrice Poussin, Two Photos

Alison Milner, ‘The Crossing’

Creana Bosac, ‘Spirit of the Loch’

Martha Lane, ‘Grotto life’

Slawka G. Scarso, ‘Amberised’

I believe that big changes start from small actions… the worst we can do is expect others to take action while we do nothing

Slawka G. Scarso

Jeff Skinner, ‘The Group’

Sambhu Nath Banerjee, ‘The Road to Heaven’

Isabel de Andreis, ‘sunday afternoon’