The environment that most of us are born into is mostly brick and concrete. Without that contact how can we really understand the impact of the decisions we make as people and governments? How can we even truly understand ourselves as part of nature? From this question arises Where the Leaves Fall, an independent magazine that, through stories from around the world, explores humanity's relationship with the natural world on a quarterly basis.
The themes of this issue are perception, fairness and revolution, along with a series of dialogues.
LANGUAGE AND PERCEPTION
Writer Anna Souter examines how our use of language can define our relationship with the natural world. This notion is further explored in the excerpt from Jeremy Lent's book, The Web of Meaning, in which he advocates the shift from a wealth-based to a life-based civilization, rejecting human supremacy in favor of an affirmation of the primacy of life. ; and in Tamara Dean's photographs, which feature human beings immersed in ecosystems, as mammals threatened by environmental degradation just like any other species.
THE SEEDS OF CHANGE
We present the winners of the Good Food For All photo contest, with five winning photographs exploring the Summit's action paths United Nations dedicated to the food system, supporting healthier, sustainable and equitable food systems. Focusing on food justice, land transformation and land reform, our questions and answers with South African cultural expert, food activist and artist Zayaan Khan highlight the socio-political contexts of current crises and how we can unhinge our addiction to neoliberalism through a food remediation.
HEALING THE EARTH
Misha Vallejo Prut's photography sheds light on the Kichwa people of Sarayaku, in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, who have embraced technology and social media to communicate their philosophy. Political ecologist Mihnea Tănăsescu examines how granting rights to nature may not always be beneficial to the environment. And we talk to Brazilian indigenous leader Sônia Guajajara about the struggle for indigenous rights, how women are assuming more and more leadership roles and her hopes and fears for the future.
Abass Owolabi Adesola reveals how the mathematics of nature connects us with our environment; Krystina Amato describes how the natural world connects her to her ancestors and could help the healing process after Canada's shameful treatment of its indigenous peoples. Márcio Cruz explores how black cinema reconnects us with African notions of time, suggesting a way to consider a more balanced relationship with life, ancestry and the environment; Shell Parsons considers the intense connection with the natural world that is felt by many autistic people.