this dialogue in a way that doesn’t alienate anyone and understands that everyone is at a different place in their journey. Moreover, beyond discussing environmental sustainability, we hope to spark discussions on systems, social change and intersectionality, and uncover ways in which these various elements are linked to one another and our planet.
Welcome, and thank you for taking the time to explore, learn and grow with us!
We’re so excited to expand upon these ideas and translate them into our very first zine! We believe the first step towards making concrete and lasting changes, is to understand why changes are necessary in the first place. So that is what our first issue in a series of three strives to do.
If you’re new to Banana Leaf, allow us to introduce ourselves. We started our blog a few months ago in an effort to better ourselves to continue to live more sustainably and hopefully inspire others to do the same. We discuss sustainability issues, shine a spotlight on people and companies making strides in various industries, and provide tips, recommendations, and information. We are hoping to build a community that supports one another and engages in conversations.
It’s no secret that we are living in unprecedented times, with the COVID-19 global pandemic which while continuing to infiltrate the lives of many, is also revealing the flaws in our current systems. And, how lacking in resilience they are.
What is especially important to us is having
The American poet, Theodore Roethke, said “In
like if those steps are taken.
By flipping through the pages of Zine One: Today, we hope you get a chance to better understand just some of the issues that have been revealed by the current crisis, and the sustainability of (or lack thereof) systems that are considered integral to our society today, ranging from food production to work culture to governments actions, as well as the environmental sustainability movement itself. We have the opportunity now to assess our current systems and the cracks within them and rewrite the ‘new normal’ that is looming ahead of us.
We hope you stick with us on this journey, continue to send us your words, thoughts and art, and share what you’ve learned with others.
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Our next issue, ‘Transition’, will focus on more tangible actions that can be taken towards more sustainable systems, and our third and final issue in this series ‘Tomorrow’ will paint a picture of what a future could potentially look
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the practice of yoga originate from the East, yet this is often not recognized). While these are a portion of things we can consider in honoring nature and our planet, these have replaced many climate-related injustices done to marginalized communities which are consequently silenced.
The environmentalist movement has been around for decades, originating in the 1800s in Europe in response to the Industrial Revolution, and garnering widespread attention in the U.S. by the 1960/70s.
So, there are two terms that are important to know, learn about and fully grasp in order to make productive advances in the movement.
However, the way it looks today, particularly through the lens of social media activism, blogs, and the topics it’s associated with, erases a large piece of the foundation upon which this movement needs to lay for it to be a longterm fight.
Firstly, environmental racism, defined by advocate and blogger Marie Beecham as “public policies and industry practices disproportionately placing the burden of pollution, waste, and the climate crises on Black people, indigenous people, and people of color.”
Over time, the movement has been gentrified and erased the voices of many people of color. The majority of activists, particularly across social media, are white females who can sometimes end up belittling the movement to elements like veganism or yoga they consider to be novel (funnily enough, many staples of the vegan diet like tofu and tempeh, and
Next, intersectional environmentalism-you may have heard the term intersectionality before, referring to how aspects of a person’s overlapping cultural and social identities need to be considered to understand the complexities of multi-
faceted privileges and discriminations they may face.
Activist, eco-communicator and founder of the platform Intersectional Environmentalism, Leah Thomas defines it as: â&#x20AC;&#x153;an inclusive version of environmentalism that advocates for both the protection of people and the planet. It identifies the ways in which injustices happening to marginalized communities and the earth are interconnected. It brings injustices done to the most vulnerable communities, and the earth, to the forefront and does not minimize or silence social inequality. Intersectional environmentalism advocates for justice for people and the planet.â&#x20AC;?
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threatened with an increased risk of water pollution, air contaminants, mercury exposure, lead poisoning, climate-related illness/deaths, and much more. Looking at activism itself, activists of color are often pushed to the side or shamed for trying to bring social issues into the discussion instead of focusing on the fight for the planet; despite the fact they are interdependent. A glaring example of this is when Ugandan youth climate activist Vanessa Nakate was visibly cropped out of
EPA scientists have found that black communities are disproportionately hit by pollution and are 75% more likely to live near toxic oil and gas facilities. Systemic racism lends to black and lower-income communities being
a photo from a climate conference by the Associated Press, leaving only four white activists (such as Greta Thunberg) in the photo. Examples of erasure and marginalization can be seen across the United States, considering intentional situations like Flint’s water crisis, the Keystone pipeline cutting across Native American land, Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’, the Dakota Access Pipeline strategically being planned and placed through indigenous lands and poor communities, Detroit’s most polluted zip code being 80% black, and much more (Source: Future Earth). Evidently, social and environmental justice go hand in hand. One movement cannot breathe without the lungs of the other. Without advocating for and including the voices of those most impacted by what the movement is fighting against, the fight for sustainability itself becomes simply oppressive and unsustainable.
“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.” -Martin Luther King Jr.
voting, activism & advocacy
inclusive education curriculums & media representation
slow fashion & ethical labour/ consumerism
storytelling & listening
supporting local/small biz & agriculture
fuel & energy efficiency fair wages & hiring practices
police defunding & community investment
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existing the way in which it is. This lends to the questions of just how long can the fashion industry’s current take-make-waste model exist before it collapses? What happens to an industry that relies heavily on sourcing materials to create the clothes that satisfy consumers' ever-changing needs, when those materials begin to disappear, or the needs come to halt?
Fast fashion: quick to be made (and thrown out) and slow to degrade, if at all. As styles come and go with the seasons, clothes are being made at increasing speeds with paralleling increasing detrimental effects to our planet and the people involved.
The Current State of Fashion. Stores like Zara and H&M, and increasingly online retailers like Shein and Fashion Nova are currently front and center in the fashion industry. Want or need something? They likely have it. And, they have it with cheap prices, effective marketing, strong reputations and in some cases ‘greenwashing’ tactics to further entice customers in. And the way they make them so quick? Synthetic materials and cheap labour.
Yet, when we peruse through an online store seeing clothes draped across models or flip between racks to pop soundtracks, we’re often only considering if this item is something that would look good on us or that we can afford. What we’re not taught to evaluate is the affordances the pieces are costing our systems, environmentally and socially, and that us purchasing them supports that.
That desire for more clothes at fast speeds has been fueled by a shift in the way we view fashion with the rise of social media. Going beyond simply a necessity or form of self-expression, clothes are now outfits to
As the economic consequences of COVID-19 have revealed, every industry has its own threshold of fragility; a point at which it may no longer be able to continue
display on one’s Instagram page, utilized as a part of one’s ‘brand’ and to indicate their social status.
The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes by
Dana Thomas) Quick math on those numbers and we realize that means that a little over 50% of the clothes in our landfills will be there permanently.
As Terry Nguyen reported in Vox, “Through visual platforms like Instagram, anyone’s sartorial choices can be scrutinized. Wearing the same outfit twice then starts to seem taboo. According to a 2017 survey commissioned by the London sustainability firm Hubbub, 41 percent of 18-to 25-yearolds feel pressured to wear a different outfit every time they go out...Fast fashion, then, appears to be the simple solution to appease our desire for novelty.” (Fast Fashion,
Additionally, the fashion industry “produces 10% of all humanity’s carbon emissions, is the secondlargest consumer of the world’s water supply and pollutes the ocean with microplastics.” (Business Insider, How Fast Fashion Hurts the Planet by Morgan McFall-Johnsen) With clothes being made and thrown away as fast as they are right now, half of which are here to stay, it’s only a matter of time before space runs out and the damage that is already being done exponentially grows.
Production’s Impact on our Planet. So, now that we know how these clothes are being made and that they are out there somewhere, what exactly is the harm they are causing? Here’s some quick stats. Over 60% of our fabric fibers are synthetics (which many of the popular fast fashion brands infamously use). That means they will not decay when they are sitting in a landfill. 85% of our textile waste ends up in said landfills. (Statistics from NY Times,
Costing the Environment Millions Yet Paying Workers None. Not only is the current system hurting the planet but hurting workers as well. The current supply chain model relies on workers in developing countries to work for a barely living wage under poor working conditions for an appalling number of hours. A critical example of the dangers of
this was the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh in 2013, when Rana Plaza (home to a multitude of clothing factories for brands like Primark and The Children’s Place) collapsed killing 1,134 people and injuring more than 2,500-mostly women and children. There were warnings that the factory walls were beginning to crack, but these were ignored, and workers were even threatened with payment withholding if they didn’t show up. Why? Because the system of fast fashion as it is relies on this quick and cheap labour, with no consideration of the consequences. And, as the pandemic has shown us, these international supply chains can be easily interrupted, bringing problems to the companies as well when suddenly, they are no longer able to disseminate their clothes across the world. Bottom Line, Please? Environmentally, and economically as COVID-19 has revealed, it’s simply unsustainable for the fashion industry to continue going down the path that it is. Long term, no one wins. graphics by @friendsoftheworldph
Fashion pretty much epitomises capitalist consumerism. The impact of the fashion industry is not just where you shop, it’s where products are made, and where they’re disposed of. The fashion textile industry uses ¼ of the whole world’s chemical output on an annual basis, and emits 10% of global carbon, which is more than aviation and shipping combined. As a world population of 7 billion, we consume more than 100 billion pieces of clothing a year, and that’s not even including stuff that isn’t sold or thrown away. 60% of that (60 billion pieces of clothing) gets thrown into landfill and incinerators within 1 year.
Naomi Wang chats with Dr. Bernice Pan, Founder and Creative Director of British sustainable clothing brand, DEPLOY.
Both synthetic and natural fibres cost a lot of energy, water, and chemicals, to be made into yarns and textiles, and discharge a lot of negative impact on the globe, whether in wastewater treatment, the use of pesticides, chemical dyes, or the permeation of polymer particles. And then there’s the labour exploitation in the industry. People are being
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What are some of the key social and environmental impacts of the way the fashion industry currently operates at large?
paid so little to make a USD ¢10-20 garment.
for them to grow their business but not in garment volume output to behave more sustainably.
What is required for systemic change in the fashion industry, and who are the key players?
The final 20% is us as consumers – because if we decide not to buy anything, then businesses won’t survive. We have the voting power in terms of who we don’t want to stay in business anymore.
Governments have 40% of the job. They have to play a critical, accountable role in regulating the distribution of wealth and resources – whether through taxing waste, implementing policies to limit resource usage or origins, regulating carbon footprints, or managing energy and wastewater treatment. If governments regulate businesses, then businesses have to modify and make structural changes. Another 40% of the job comes from businesses. The three aspects of business paradigm shift have to be energy sources, material development, and the brands themselves. Renewable energy is underinvested globally. Not enough businesses are developing biodegradable packaging, non-petroleum based materials, or reduced chemical in dyeing and finishing. And brands must think about what it means
What do you think a sustainable model for the fashion industry needs to look like? Should it include ideas around circularity and a circular model? The concepts and practices of a circular economy are critical and important, but my plea still remains to reduce consumption. The idea of zero waste is beautiful to me. I live so well because I live with
almost zero waste. You can really turn it into something that is revenuegenerating, value-adding, and pleasure-reaping. Those are the kinds of creative and strategic aspects that you can put together to develop a good business model. To me, that needs to be part of the whole sustainable ethos and circular economy approach. But a complete cultural shift in the mindset is the starting point; until we change the minds of people we’re not going to save the environment.
DePloy uses the concepts of modular design: a few elements, but with more changeability and variety. When one garment can actually do two or three or four things, immediately you reduce the wastage by 50%, 80% etc. That’s my answer to reducing wastage: creating variety and creativity. What has the impact of COVID been on the fashion industry? Do you foresee the pandemic hindering or stimulating greater movement towards a more sustainable and ethical fashion industry?
Tell us more about the sustainable philosophy and ethos behind your brand.
It’s obviously very painful for everyone. For fashion and retail, it’s a serious wake-up call, and a good one. But I don’t know whether the industry is really going to learn from this lesson, because businesses are just thinking about how they can recuperate and return to how they were before.
Everyone wants to have beautiful clothes, everyone wants to dress nicely, but what does it really mean to be dressed and clothed beautifully? For me, it’s the care. And how you can care for people such that they have genuine confidence in what they wear, as opposed to just being in on the latest trend. That’s a critical ethos of DePloy – caring for people and for the environment with one strategic action plan.
Still, the fact that trading just had to stop, and that they have to deal with not just lost revenue, but piled up goods, is a good thing for them to think
about, even if their conscience is not quite there to say, ‘Ok, let’s not produce this much’. Whilst I don’t have full confidence that businesses are going to change, I do think consumer behaviour and expectation changes is going to be an important counterpart. Consumers are realizing how they can live with less, and put on one or two things that they love from time to time, and not one or two hundred things. It’s a pleasure when you just have a few things that you love and enjoy. The ethos of zero waste living is what more people are thinking about because of COVID, and that’s wonderful. So, I am hopeful.
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trade in China. But the problem is much larger than that. 3 in 4 infectious diseases in humans have come from animals. Most zoonotic diseases (diseases that have spread from animal to human) have been the direct result of intensive agriculture.
The African Swine Fever virus was first identified over 10 years ago in SubSaharan Africa. It reached China, where over half of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pigs reside, a couple years ago. The virus spreads far more rapidly when pigs are kept in cramped conditions, like animals often are under intensive agricultural systems and is expected to kill around 25% of pigs globally before it is brought under control. That is around 200 million pigs. A virus many of you are more familiar with, the novel coronavirus, was transmitted to a human in a wet market trading in wild animals. Public opinion has been quick to condemn the wet market
The risk of a pandemic as a result of intensive agriculture has been looming. Humans have been destroying and encroaching on wild habitats for far longer and more intensively than
tolerable, which allows for pathogens to jump onto livestock and from there onto humans. Much of this encroachment is the result of an expanding and unsustainable food system. Diseases are also bred and spread in factory farms like previous swine flu and bird flus.
raises the probability of the spread of zoonotic diseases.
The spread of zoonotic diseases is a direct result of human mismanagement and misuse of our biodiverse ecosystems. The artificial way in which we have built up agricultural systems, dedicated swathes of land to growing food for farmed animals has prepared fertile ground for disaster. Viruses come about to restore balance in a way.
Seeing the catastrophic result of human infringement on the natural environment has forced systems of animal agriculture to be questioned in terms of the future viability of their existence and ability to fulfil their purpose. The virus has added fuel to the argument that the mainstream systems of agriculture, and animal agriculture in particular, need to be dismantled.
To treat these diseases in farmed animals, antibiotics have been used increasingly uninhibitedly. This has led to the threat of increasing antibiotic resistance in farmed animals in the future and
The virus is just one example of nature reclaiming its space.
It seemed a food shortage was upon us. Some people panicked. And hoarded. Leaving shelves empty. Which made other people panic and hoard and leave shelves empty. And so on. And so on. Until an equilibrium was reached, and supplies returned to normal because consumers began behaving relatively rationally again.
Remember back to a couple of months ago?
When the Italians had heated debates over smooth penne being the worst type of pasta. They said, the ridges on the penne is the fundamental difference in design that allows each noodle to hold onto the sauce. Hence, it being the only type left on the shelves of many Italian grocery stores. Remember when Britons found it impossible to find flour, which delayed newfound hobbies in baking sourdough and focaccia.
However, the bigger issue throughout has been an excess of food, not a shortage. Large quantities of food that would have usually been supplied to other places including restaurants, schools, events, had nowhere to go. Hence, reports of thousands of gallons of milk being poured down the drain, vegetables reploughed, eggs smashed. Farmers were left without
a market for much of their produce. A surplus means lower prices for farmers, putting them in an even more challenging position. (We have explored the environmental impacts of food waste in previous posts here and here).
However, COVID-19 has revealed the fragility of the food system and its inability to be resilient and adaptable in times of crisis. Food waste was a critical issue even before the virus hit. It is responsible for 8% of emissions.
Redistributing the masses of wasted food to sparse supermarkets is a mammoth of a task given that these foods were already part of established supply chains that had suddenly witnessed demand plummet. Farmers have pre-existing contracts, processors do not have the infrastructure to package this produce in retail-friendly packages.
But like plastic for instance, it is often cheaper to make waste of food than to convert it to value. But perhaps the scale of waste that has occurred during the past few months and the inability to meet rises in demand for food elsewhere have amplified the need to introduce new solutions and build a more flexible and resilient food system.
The market will resolve these temporary surpluses in time. And as economies recover, so will demand.
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This has been playing out right in front of our eyes in countries like the United States and Brazil where leaders like Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro hesitated to take the virus seriously and take any action initially. This led to the spread of the virus being quickly exacerbated and said countries becoming home to the highest number of cases and deaths worldwide.
Whether it be coronavirus or climate change much of how a crisis is regulated and plays out relies on government and community leaders' responses. Understanding the situation at hand, mobilizing to make change, and effectively implementing those changes, are what is necessary of these institutions.
What’s worse is that in an increasingly globalized world, the failure of one leader isn’t just for their country to bear, but inadvertently affects the economies and livelihoods of several others.
Jonathan Watts speaks to this in a Guardian article saying, “Like global warming, but in close-up and fast-forward, the COVID-19 outbreak shows how lives are lost or saved depending on a government’s propensity to acknowledge risk, act rapidly to contain it, and share the consequences” (Delay is deadly: What
Learning from current events, we can see that the need for political and community leaders that understand climate change to be the crisis that it is, is of utmost importance, and that they encourage the public to realize the same. Then, putting money where their mouth is, environmental protection and policies divesting from harmful
COVID-19 tells us about tackling the climate crisis).
practices need to be prioritized.
[coronavirus] is unprecedented in recent US history and the sacrifices that people are making left and right go way beyond anything that would be asked of folks in any other solution sets.”
We’ve also seen the way orders have been put in place this pandemic like wearing masks or staying indoors have helped save lives. Actions that climate change is necessitating are much less drastic and intrusive on an everyday scale but can similarly save lives from the inevitable climate crisis consequences.
So, now that we know the government can take action when it wants to, and realize that regulations and policies can be put in place, we see that the calls for change of the ways in which government systems treat the climate crisis are indeed feasible, necessary and urgent.
As Dr. Aaron Bernstein, Interim Director of the Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment at Harvard, explained cited in NBC Miami, “The actions we need to take around climate change namely greater reliance on renewable energy, for our electricity and transportation, eating less meat and more plants to reduce carbon emissions.”
Lucky for places like the U.S., the timeframe of the new normal happens to coincide with upcoming elections, which is why we need to consider leaders who will not fail us in this department.
But, as Bernstein continued, these changes pale in comparison to what we know we are capable of as a society, saying “The collective action here around this event
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all nod. Then let the agreement sit there in the air, untethered to any further action. Because the status quo did not give us time to change the world. Because the people with the greatest power to change the status quo were comfortable with it and those who were not were the marginalised.
A critical commentary of the flaws in the current Western work culture.
When change struck, it hit hard. And I mean real change: not the thinkpieces that we retweeted and forgot. Not a hundred well-meaning organisations promising to change the face of work by offering a flexible start time or additional leave. The pandemic was a real change that up-ended everything in its path. A neutral, agentless destruction of the status quo.
Let’s talk about the status quo. The status quo sent us to our open-plan offices and cash registers at 9am and dismissed us at 5pm. It delivered us 45 urgent memos a day and a coffee budget. A successful day of work looked like a full Outbox of emails and a list of completed to-do list items. The fragile status quo relied on Other People going to the shops every day to buy more stuff, so the companies selling stuff could make a profit and we could afford rent and families could afford to feed their children - we all know this story.
Shops shut and jobs vanished overnight. Industries crashed. Families stopped planning summer holidays and started planning how to pay next month’s rent. The home became the office and consumers had little money to spare - and nowhere to spend it.
Some of us - the ones with the time and energy to spare - would speak loftily about the ‘broken system’ in our coffee breaks, and say things like we need to transition to a circular economy. We would
This is where the skewed status quo begins to unravel. When the pandemic struck, those in the supermarkets and hospitals were elevated to heroes at the frontline -
does it make sense to return to a normality where food producers and nurses earn less than Instagram beauty influencers?
Organisations have pivoted into new territory: suddenly being integrated into the lives of their staff rather than taking precedence over it, companies are forced to slow down operations, choose what to prioritise and work virtually. It’s unchartered territory for many, and it’s throwing the normal working day to the wind.
Not only that, it makes us unhappy. Trying to juggle home life and work in an unprecedented situation has thrown society’s mental health crisis out of the shadows and into the spotlight. Those without work have tried to wait it out and those working remotely have clung to our 95 professional hours and usual list of tasks in the new chaotic mix of work and life. But it isn’t sustainable.
Some of us want things to get back to normal. But what does that mean? For some, it means missing having a stable income and the certainty of having a job. We miss the parts of work that made us happy: human connection. Routine. Stability. A sense of purpose.
Individual success is not measured by tasks achieved and sales figures: for a growing number, it’s measured by an ability to get through the day.
But going back is not an option. We need to rebuild a working world that restores a sense of stability: true stability, where incomes reflect the value of the work and nobody is left without food because they failed to contribute to the economy or held jobs that are unfairly unvalued. An economy not driven by profit margins but by the needs of a community. This sounds idealistic, maybe - because we are used to an economy where human wellbeing is an optional extra, not the foundation.
Change is happening now so let’s make it a change for the better. drawing by @sara.p.mendes
“Even as almost all Americans are told to remain at home, millions are now © and must scramble to figure unemployed out how to pay for that home. The irony is that the one thing Americans are told to do is preventing many of them from doing the one thing they need to do. The pandemic is exacerbating the affordable housing crisis that plagues cities throughout the US and contributes to rising inequality, housing insecurity and homelessness.” -Isabelle Solange Muñoz, Business Insider
When the gyms closed, I was devastated - more devastated than I’d care to admit. Who was I without it? (More vainly, what would my body look like without it?) Over time, it seemed as if this hobby had become inextricably intertwined with my sense of self, and to lose it so suddenly was jarring. Only later would I realize that this dependence on the gym was a direct reflection of today’s fitness industry. Too often, its toxic side is disguised under the premise of self-care. Its constant ‘improvement mindset’ often asks us to focus on the wrong things, thereby perpetuating a cycle of negativity.
© Ferdi Celik, 2020 @photomadebyfer
Take the immediate post-COVID flood of fitness industry messaging, for instance: Take this new time at home to relax, but don’t relax too much - you don’t want to become a slob. Here’s some tips on how to stop mindless snacking. Eat these foods to avoid the Quarantine 15. Do these workouts to avoid sagging. You can see the problem with that.
The onslaught of coronavirus in the middle of the school year, calling for shifts to online learning, revealed to us the damages of the digital divide and disparity between students of different backgrounds and how that unfairly continues to affect the quality of their education. And, if universities continue to raise their price tags as they intend to do (regardless of if online or not), this will continue to widen the gap and add to the shift of colleges becoming corporations rather than learning institutions.
COVID-19 stripped us bare and forced us to evaluate who we are without the things we once thought we needed - the gym, that bi-monthly haircut, the nail salon. It’s not vain to miss these things, especially in a system that conditions us to believe we need these things to be beautiful, to be happy, to be ‘right’. But while we may have lost these things temporarily, I urge us all to examine what we have gained in the process: a renewed outlook on self. A return to our roots. A chance to reset. And remember that while the fitness industry needs you to survive, you certainly don’t need it.
The way our community interacts with one another, from cancelling each other rather than allowing for growth (when the person or entity is taking accountability and action) to stigmatizing mental health instead of open conversations to being so stuck in individual opinions instead of listening, is the straw that may break the camel’s back. These factors acting upon the broken systems we already have, is grounds for a society filled with hate.
Thank you for reading the first issue of our zine. The state of how several systems exist today can seem disheartening. But bringing attention to the issues, particularly the ones the pandemic has illuminated, are necessary initial steps. Watch out for our next issue where we will be looking at the steps being taken and that need to be taken to create change.
a huge thank you to our contributors!: naomi wang
cass hebron (@coffee_and_casstaways)
sara mendes (@sara.p.mendes)
shannon sinwell (@thirddecades) ferdi celik (@photomadebyfer on Instagram & Facebook)
www.graphicsandgrain.com) interviewee: dr. bernice pan (www.deployworkshop.com)
â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will not go back to normal. Normal never was. Our pre-corona existence was not normal other than we normalized greed, inequity, exhaustion, depletion, extraction, disconnection, confusion, rage, hoarding, hate and lack. We should not long to return, my friends. We are being given the opportunity to stitch anew garment. One that fits all of humanity and nature." â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sonya Renee Taylor