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WELCOME TO KULA MAG! It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to Kula Mag, a platform that sets out to in inspire and empower by introducing individuals and ideas that hope to change the world in which we live. Brighton is seen by many as the epicentre of creativity with countless major influencers and we have chosen to use this first edition to highlight these groups and individuals, as well as provide a source of guidance amongst the infodemic of misinformation that fills our newsfeed. We look at street art and how it brings a powerful voice to communicate important issues. We interview Murmure Street, an artistic duo who seek to inspire using their poetic style of work. Paul Ressencourt and Simon Roche state that they always start with a message and then try to create a style and graphics that focus on the need to ‘say something’. Of course, we had to get the lowdown on the live entertainment scene to find out what the future looks like for this integral part of Brighton’s culture and the massive impact Covid has had on the industry. Fighting to get back on the stage and bring something fresh and exciting with them, these guys will not stop bringing the music any way they can. Setting up crowdfunding campaigns and live streaming events, promoters such as One Inch Bridge remain optimistic that “live music will return sooner rather than later”. For our final foodie fix, Viola Tianyi Hou, otherwise known as @thesunshineeatery has given us some practical tips on how to turn our everyday staples into easy and delicious meals, whilst getting creative with our scraps and leftovers in order to lead a more sustainable and zero waste lifestyle. Underlying all the exciting and inspirational contributions from our vibrant and eclectic Brighton community is a serious message that, now is a moment in time when we have an opportunity for change. Living with Covid-19 has taught us valuable lessons in community support and the realisation of what is truly important. Reductions in pollution, appreciation of the natural world all need to be harnessed and used to promote a brighter and more positive future. Finally, Kula Mag has set out to present an entertaining and informative magazine using creative artwork to support its content. I would particularly like to thank Stephen Maurice Graham for producing our first iconic cover, literally capturing a point in history. I hope we all look back on these tough times with empathy and a greater sense that we are all in this together. There is no ‘us’ and ‘them’. Now is the time to create real change. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our supporters and contributors. I hope you enjoy what we’ve put together for you and you’ll continue on this conscious journey with us.

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_ Christina Andrews Editor & Creative Director _ Mark Avery Editor _ Meredith Cairns-palmer Marketing _ Sara Gennat Graphic Design CONTRIBUTORS: _ _ ­ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

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ntinues to dive further into the abyss of despair with g poverty, systemic racism and Brexit all making life without a voice, our streets continue to provide the canvas for a new revolution with a riot of colour...

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commenting on the ills of the time or as a declaration of love, defiance and even revolution. Protest has been at the core of street art in our societies for centuries. Fab Five Freddy’s fantastic BBC documentary, A Fresh Guide To

The 80s was most people’s first experience of graffiti, whether it’s in the classic hip hop film Wild Style, Blondie’s music video for Rapture which featured prominent NYC artists of the time Fab Five Freddy and Jean Michel Basquiat, or seen in all it’s political glory adorning the Berlin Wall as David Hasselhoff crooned along to ‘Looking for Freedom’. However graffiti can be found as far back as Ancient Rome, derived from the Italian ‘graffiato’ meaning ‘scratched’ where slogans were scratched into walls including political statements, poems, adverts and greetings. Street art occurs throughout history whether as a simple tag, a way of

Florence, educates generations of art students about African people’s place in the Renaissance and redefines Michelangelo as a ‘street artist’ after finding wall drawings by the Italian master in a Medici tomb. Similarly in recent years, graffiti or street art has been used as a tool of rebellion during World War II, profoundly pictured as part of The Troubles in Northern Ireland and as a major player in America’s ongoing civil rights movement across the last 70 years.

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“Graffiti is beautiful; like a brick in the face of a cop,” according to Hunter S. Thompson in one of his characteristically shambolic interviews. This quote has never felt more prescient than it does in the summer of 2020 where the streets have once again become canvas, courtroom and crucible for repressed voices worldwide. With its rich history of subversive slogans and revolution rendered on… well, render and mortar I suppose - graffiti and street art have returned to reclaim the streets and proclaim progressive ideas across the world.

In 2020, with social, economic and environmental issues all reaching a boiling point (some quite literally)

it’s no surprise that street art’s political properties have come into prominence again. Graffiti is literally shouting from the walls and the rooftops of inhabited spaces all over the globe resisting everything from racism, misogyny and poverty to gentrification, closed Hippodromes and the spread of coronavirus. In the UK and US, pieces criticising Trump and Boris Johnson’s handling of Covid-19 are commonplace from Florida to Frome or Detroit to Dorking. Simultaneously, artists have also played a huge part in supporting public safety adorning statues or works of art with PPE masks, throwing up slogans to Stay Home and of course celebrating the NHS, key workers and people lost to the virus. Banksy once wrote, “Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they’re having a piss.” This universal, all-inclusive language of graffiti as a means of protest, progress and empowerment is clear in its use across every country in the world and in terms of disenfranchised people using it to amplify their voice, nowhere is this more evident than in the current Black Lives Matter movement.


Mural by Sinna One The image of George Floyd and the phrase ‘I Can’t Breathe’ have been skilfully painted or quickly thrown up on walls globally in memorial of his death, as a symbol of defiance and in unity with BLM and the countless other people of colour who have been killed at the hands of police. Floyd has been depicted as an angel in his hometown of Houston by artist Donkeeboy, pictured alongside Lenin, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Angela Davis in a mural by Jorit Agoch in Naples, Italy and is soon to be brought to life in Brighton UK as part of a Black Lives Matter mural on the city’s Youth Centre by local graffiti artist, SinnaOne.

SinnaOne has also worked with the refugee support charity, The Hummingbird Project, visiting the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp over a summer and doing art sessions as therapy with young refugees as well as working with Extinction Rebellion and other social groups in the country.“Graffiti, in its essence, is anti establishment, anti advertising,” added SinnaOne. “An action that reclaims public space to share an uncensored message of the people. It sparks debate and conversation. Satire and subversion of the system that surrounds us is going to resonate with people as it is a reflection of their own thoughts and concerns.” In Brighton, New York and Berlin graffiti and street art are often viewed as extensions of liberal movements and progress, but this isn’t always the case. Despite its subversive icons, affection for hearts and adoption by left-leaning politicians such as Barack Obama in recent years, street art also has a more sinister side. Like a presocial media version of Twitter street art has also been favoured by right wing figures, such as Mussolini, who use the medium as a key proponent for fear mongering, hate speech and worse.

The war on both sides of the political spectrum is being waged in the voting booths, on the news and now on the facades of our architecture. In recent weeks protestors at Black Lives Matter protests have used graffiti to admonish historical figures like Churchill and Columbus in light of their racist views or ties to slavery. In response, members of far right groups are also taking to the streets with racist messages springing up across the States and the breadth of the United Kingdom. It’s clear graffiti’s power as an engine of change for those not in power is as strong as ever. Graffiti’s ability to disseminate the words of the suppressed only holds power if we can see it. Too often with our busy schedules and mobile phones we live our lives in a bubble, especially outside. Our communities, our children and our artists are telling us new things everyday whether it’s a tag for a new movement, a graff piece cementing your view on politics or some street art telling you to be kind to people. Read the streets, engage with your environment and you never know, it might just engage with you!

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Brighton-based Sinna, real name Daryl Bennet, has been spray painting for over 16 years having started in South London and becoming an integral artist in Brighton’s colourful street murals alongside REQ and Snub. Eschewing the usual route of illegal tagging, SinnaOne learnt his craft at legal spots so does not necessarily see himself as a ‘graff artist’ but his cartoon-inspired style, cultural references and powerful political statements are definitely shaped by the culture. Commenting on whether graffiti is more cultural artform or protest tool, he explained: “It is both. Protest or political graffiti has existed throughout history. The interesting thing about graffiti is that it is the voice of humankind on walls.

It’s someone being able to say ‘Hey! I’m here’ which is why it is used as a voice for the disenfranchised.

Although not alone, graffiti’s most prominent right wing creator is LA-based Sabo who became a household name in the US following his inflammatory works during the 2016 Presidential election. The artist believes ‘leftism is a mental disorder’ and views Republicans as the new punk, with many of his works supporting pro-life abortion views, and most explicitly a billboard emblazoned with the slogan, ‘Black Lives Are Just Matter’. As with the myriad liberal graff artists, Sabo firmly considers his work to be delivering a voice for the voiceless stating he “caters to the street urchins” and is proud of his place as the sole right wing voice of guerilla art.

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ENDOFTHELINE “OUR WALLS SPE FOR THEMSELVES� East London based Endoftheline are bringing street art to the masses, creating landmark murals that bring colour and substance to drab urban environments. They set about curating and collaborating with local artists and communities to make space available for events and workshops, celebrating street art while inspiring others to get involved; especially in deprived and neglected areas. Their work provides a conduit for grass root urban artists to get involved with local residents, providing a colourful, positive spectacle that beautifies an area, cutting anti-social behaviour and inspiring a sense of ownership. They also install large scale commissions for a select client base such as Netflix, Paramount and Our Planet and provide corporate workshops, reinvesting this money back into local artists networks, supporting incomes and expenditure. In response to Covid, they are now focusing on a widespread Public Art Project that will bring art to new locations that are starved of colour, in the hope of lifting the spirits of those that may not have access to galleries or art in their everyday lives.

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We caught up with Jim Vision and Matilda Tickner-Du, Founders of EndOfTheLine, to find out what drives their passion and gets their creative juices flowing:


EAK 1/ What’s the significance of the name ‘end of the line’? What’s the story/meaning behind it? It’s a play on words, ‘end of line’ is a computer term from Tron and is part of our legacy growing up in the era of video and computer games. We lived through the transition from analogue to digital, computers became more important but we never forgot the value of playing outside and getting our hands dirty.  We represent the idea that at the end of most painted lines you’ll find an artist. EndoftheLine was a way for us to present ourselves as a legitimate entity.  We were hip hop kids with no connections, no options, no work

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hugely pivotal time, and we found and no future. There was no clear ourselves exploring and painting, path to success, murals didn’t really organising graffiti events and taking exist like they do now, people's atover space for street art.  titude towards us was criminal.  We would constantly be asked ‘Are you allowed to do it?’. We probably wer- 3/ Have you always used spray paint en’t but we pretended like this was as a preferred medium? Why? Spray paint is a very useful painting normal.  medium, once you learn to master the technique it is possible to create We decided to create a valid organmany effects and at scale, spray covisation, a company that supported ers better than paintbrush on wonour art form and allowed us to reach ky walls and brickwork. I try to use a out to galleries and clients with a mix of different mediums where it’s united front as an organised group possible to do so. Often using recyof artists. We wanted to be taken cled paint from the Forest Recycling seriously and show the validity of project. the art form and to gain support for aspirational projects. 4/ What thoughts to do you hope to 2/ What motivated you to become a evoke through your murals? Hopefully my murals encourage large-scale muralist/street artist? people to question reality and Originally we were inspired by the push the boundaries of what peograffiti of New York, but also the ple perceive public art should look street art painting scene closer to like. I hope that I make people think home and groundbreaking exhibiand feel happiness. There are times tions like ‘They Made Me do it’. when the murals upset people if I I was inspired by my contemporarfeature more inflammatory subjects ies, graffiti artists painting at the top but art shouldn’t be safe, sometimes of their game and many of these that’s a conversation that needs to have supported me to get where be had.  Racism and bigotry, state I am today. The early projects we control and intimidation needs to hosted were exhibitions that showbe attacked straight on. cased many established and emerging graffiti and street artists, artists 5/ Street Art gets a mixed press, we aspired to, like Inkie, Tizer, Will have you had anyone misinterpret the message or give you any trouble Barras, Mr Jago, Snug and Chu. about you work? We have an overall positive reWe were living in East London in sponse to our work, although centhe Early 2000’s, the streets were sorship from councils has happened battered with stickers and tags and in the past, particularly around the places like the Dragon Bar were Olympics when councils were supporting street art events from white-washing and blacking artwork artists like Banksy and Eine. In the to ‘clean up’ areas. These situations East there were huge empty buildare a negative reaction to positive ings and warehouses we could creativity and have led to more vocal paint, these are all gone now after support for the murals and projects the wave of gentrification replaced we set up. them with tower blocks. It was a

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6/  Do you think street art is becoming more prevalent in highlighting social, political and environmental issues? I think both graffiti and street art have always been the voice of the people and now that newspapers are sharing the stories and the public are seeing these messages more via social media people are seeing the value in Street art as a tool for change.  Photos of murals and their message can be spread around the world so swiftly online showing the power of our art and peoples aversion to advertising and messages from consumerist brands. There are key projects like Pangea Seed who focus on raising environmental awareness and we continue to use our voice for good.  Artists like Banksy have been pushing strong messages for resistance. Capitalism attempts to own this art to subsume it and reduce its power and positive intention. The essence of graffiti is an act of resistance against the control of the state, sanctioned art, council mandated public art and art by democratic process that strips it of integrity and artistic voice.

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We are putting our work into the public realm so we have a responsibility to do something real and tangible with our energy. The mission that EndoftheLine has been pursuing is to create free, legal spaces for artists to paint without controlling middle men, gatekeepers to culture. These spaces are also about changing the colour of the urban landscape. We endeavour to support and paint murals that leave a legacy of positivity. 7/ What led you to do the ‘our planet’ mural project? We were asked to propose an idea to Netflix for David Attenboroughs ‘Our Planet’ documentary project. We created a creative project that focussed on the biodiversity of different Earth landscapes with colourful and engaging murals. It was a huge challenge to find spaces to paint as many of the walls have been monopolised by advertising. We found walls in the local

community that directly connected to the people.  On the whole it was a fantastic project to pull together and we had a great response, with some mural surviving to this day. In Liverpool the project divided opinion particularly over the involvement of a brand like Netflix. Despite the connection with national treasure David Attenborough a portion of the local population couldn’t agree with the brand being a part of the project and trashed the mural. It definitely got people talking. We were happy that we supported removing 10 tonnes of rubbish from the New Bird Skate park, we also boarded up some obsolete windows to provide a larger painting space at ground level for the local artists.  8/ What drives the creativity behind designing these meaningful murals, take us through the process? I feel like I am the product of culture and society and my influences are broad. Pretty much anything can spark imagination. It takes a massive amount of energy to realise large mural projects so I really have to believe in the message.  If I feel strongly about something then I feel the drive to paint about it. Sometimes it’s painting something from my childhood, or an homage to one of the artists I admire, or a historical or current social or political injustice.  I also paint fantastical pieces that are utopian or dystopian views of the world, it’s past, present and future. Many of the works are learning processes, pushing myself to paint large portraits and to practice my skills. During lockdown I’ve been painting in oils, a further educational process that has taught me about painting on smaller scales, now i’m back out painting on the street. 9/ Is there a street artist that works in a similar environmentally led way that you would like to collaborate with? I think the environmental artist that is most inspiring to me is Andy Goldsworthy, in terms of his interaction with the natural world and use of organic materials. He is less of a street artist and more

“ Capitalism attempts to own this art to subsume it and reduce its power and positive intention.

“ We are putting our into the pub realm so we a responsibi to do somet real and tan with our ene The mission EndoftheLin been pursuin create free, spaces for a to paint wit controlling middle men, gatekeepers culture.


of a forest or woodland artist creating site specific art in natural environments. 10/ Outside of the medium of street art who or what inspires you visually and why? I’m mostly inspired by comic books and graphic novels, science

fiction and fantasy. Visually it's a lot more compelling to me than most art forms, artists like John Martin painted biblical disasters and that’s definitely been a visual style that has inspired me. There’s such a wealth of amazing artists out there, and anything that really has powerful visual triggers is what grabs my attention. 11/ Other than “our planet” have you got any exciting new projects ahead? We are focusing on developing Jim’s studio based work, particularly due to the high number of pieces he has created during lockdown. This has given him time to be able to focus on canvas based work and to really evolve his painting skills.

looks in this new post covid / post lockdown situation.  We are the UK host of the annual International Meeting of Styles event, we produce a large-scale live art festival in London every year. This year was set to be our 10th event since 2008, but of course this has been affected by the lockdown with huge changes in how and whether events can be hosted. That doesn’t halt our plans to keep supporting artists in painting new artworks and setting up new space for artwork wherever we can. Watch this space. EndOfTheLine www.endoftheline.co

EndoftheLine is working on an ongoing public art mission and learning how we can keep evolving this. We’re also working out how our future

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Artistic duo Murmure, best known for paste-up and studio work, have returned to the streets where it all began, creating some incredibly bold, meaningful and thoughtprovoking pieces for their latest project, titled ‘Garb-age’. Written by Maté Jarai


The artistic duo, made up of Paul Ressencourt and Simon Roche, met at fine arts school in 2006 and have been working together since then. They have combined their skills, taught each other, and explored various techniques, melding an assortment of forms, such as graphic design and naturalist etchings, eventually leading to their present, signature style. Forming a successful partnership and winning various contents whilst at art school, it only felt natural to continue working together. “That is when we really started to create four hand drawings for the streets,” Paul goes on to say. “That is how Murmure started.” Murmure’s work combines hyperrealism with surrealism to create some truly striking imagery. “We really wanted to have a realistic render to catch the eye of the spectator, and to play with the urban environment; the chosen wall, the time, weather and human degradation of the work.” To this end, Murmure use a multitude of blended techniques, from pencil and chalk work in the studios, to

paste up, stencilling and spray paint on the streets. A successful period of studio work allowed them to realise the importance of the studio in terms of their street art as well. They have now moved towards using the studio as a setup point for the various challenges that street art presents. “Our way of creating artwork for the streets has changed. We now start by first creating a rough version of the planned work on a smaller scale, or a sketch, and then we decide if it is worth developing the idea further, either for an indoors version, or for the streets. We also think about how to make it happen so that it is meaningful. That is how we actually transitioned from the street, to the studio then to the street again.” This new approach to their craft has resulted in numerous exhibitions in recent years, before the move back to the streets. Murmure now have murals and paste ups throughout Europe, including Russia, Norway, the Netherlands, and France where they are based.

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Their most recent project is ‘Garbage’, in which they create images using drawn and painted plastic bin bags. Standouts include Garbage Whale, a huge mural of the largest mammal on our planet and therefore a powerful symbol of nature itself, something epic and beautiful that is now at humanity’s mercy.

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The Kiss is another, in which a couple stand face to face in embrace, but their faces are covered in bin bags. The duo state that their art is open to interpretation, but it clearly has a poetic quality to it, and this latest project in particular is a not so subtle outcry against environmental issues such as climate change, the wastefulness of our society and the destruction of nature and feeling. In whichever way one chooses to interpret the specifics, the overall message seems to be clear. The beauty of nature, and thus the beauty of what humanity once was, is getting lost. Our planet is on the verge of collapse. And we need to do something about it. Through these striking, predominantly monochrome images, with just a tiny element of colour, the emotional impact of their work is further heightened. The duo themselves state that they always start with a message, and then try to create a style and project that can

best convey said message. To them, the message is more important than the art and graphics they lead

to, and perhaps it is this focus on ‘saying something’ that allows for their work to be so resounding and hopefully influential. Historically, street art has always been a medium for spreading important political and social messages, so all things

considered, it certainly seems like the perfect platform for Paul and Simon to continue their work. Murmure certainly have our attention. Let’s hope they continue to strike deep into the hearts of those who witness their art, and perhaps help to change some attitudes as well. Maybe then, we as a society can rip away the trash bags and recapture some of that lost beauty of nature and ourselves, that lies hidden somewhere underneath our careless and destructive present existence.


What are your goals and aspirations for the future? Our goal right now is to pursue the ‘Garb-age’ theme and continue to develop it to its full potential. There are still many things to be said. In the meantime, we are also starting to work on new ideas. We have a project in mind that we are keeping to ourselves for now. It’s more conceptual, but still based on the environmental issues that we feel need to be addressed. Hopefully this project will come to life in a near future. Do you have plans to bring your art to the streets of the UK anytime soon?

We asked Murmure some further questions about the inspiration behind their work, their views on street art in general, and what is to come from the pair in the future:

We went to London last year and did some paste up there. We also had one of our artwork showcased in StolenSpace gallery for a group show, and we are currently working on an edition with Graffiti Prints. We would love to do a mural in the UK but are still waiting for the right opportunity. We love the UK and are always willing to go there and spread our messages in the streets, but right now we don't know when we will get the chance to go back.

Outside of the medium of street art who or what inspires you visually and why? Paul: For the last 12 years I’ve been working as the artistic director for a communications agency in graphic design, which has allowed me to develop my taste in composition and helped me understand the necessity of bringing something meaningful to the creative process. Simon: I started drawing because I was really passionate about the graphics of the Belgian comics and illustrations that I grew up with. So for me, illustration in general was a big influence when I started. Naturalist etchings were another, all those images and pictures of nature. I was raised on Jacques Cousteau notes so I have a big love for nature. Do you think street art is becoming more prevalent in highlighting social, political and environmental issues?

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Paul & Simon: In contemporary art those have always been common subjects. Street art has always existed with a focus on social and political elements. We are also trying to share messages about social, political and at the moment environmental issues. We try to think of the message we want to share first, and then put our techniques to use in order to spread it. The piece has to be meaningful, and that’s why we work on themes. That’s also why we like to experiment with new techniques all the time, so that we can use various styles in our work.

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There has been a lot of talk about covid19 being the end of the sustainable movement. Understandably, right now people prefer to buy safely packaged and sealed commodities, sadly, ‘safely packaged’ often involves plastic. There have also been a lot of articles on ‘can the zero-waste movement survive the crisis?’ Even the popular zero wasters like Lauren Singer and Bea Johnson have admitted to switching to products with plastic packaging versus their usual package free shopping in the event of the crisis. Also, sustainability has gone off the main agenda for many big companies as they struggle to stay afloat and deal with major market/ employment concerns. Even the United Nations Climate Conference has been postponed to next year and climate change scientists have had to halt their research because of lockdown. Environmentalism has sadly and understandably taken a backseat during this crisis just at the point we were gaining traction in our fight for the environment. While we rejoice in the clean air that has emerged out of the lockdown, there are also many governments passing bills to push back environmental regulations so that the industries can financially recover faster from this crisis. They feel it is a necessary step to get their

countries back on track in terms of economic growth and prosperity. Many fear that as things go back to a type of “normal”, industries will reign back on environmental advances and return to “dirty” practices. The pandemic has been a moment of reckoning for the human civilization. While there is still much to be fearful about, we have had the chance to reflect on how we have been living and how we would like to move forward. As we talk about things going back to normal, we actually need to look for a ‘new normal’ because the old one just wasn’t working. It’s not just the lack of cars that have made the difference but the change of our everyday habits where we, in many ways, have shifted towards a much more sustainable lifestyle. With the borders being shut and limited imports coming in, we have been forced to eat more locally sourced food and this has drastically reduced emissions thereby cutting the carbon footprint of our food. Our consumption habits have changed drastically as well. Currently, we’re choosing what we need versus what we want which can often be wasteful. There has been increased interest in communities trying to grow their own food, not just through fear of a possible food scarcity but

also because it can be physically therapeutic and mentally satisfying at a trying time like this. Recent research found that the pandemic has inspired approximately 64% of Americans to consider living more sustainably and this is a trend across the world right now. We have come to realise the huge impact that government policies can have on human behaviour and the environment forced on us during the lockdowns. We have seen that a collective shift in human consciousness and behaviour is possible. While a major concern for governments right now is how to drive their economies forward it's come as a pleasant surprise that some progressive governments have recognised the relationship between the pandemic and climate change. They are seeing this crisis as an opportunity to restructure the system with a green economic recovery that is more resilient to the climate crisis as well as reduce the likelihood and better prepare for future pandemics to come. Many cities have already announced ambitious plans to reduce car use in their recovery plans. Understandably, widespread public transport will not be considered an entirely safe medium of transport without significant redesign and


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clean cars and 2m charging points over two years along with up to €60 billion for zero-emission trains and the production of 1 million tonnes of clean hydrogen. They also plan to pour €91 billion into home efficiency programmes along with €25 billion for renewable energy. Combined, these measures will produce over a million new jobs. To placate and transition countries still reliant on coal, the EU are also increasing the Transition Fund to €40 billion, softening any short-term economic impact on countries like Poland and Romania. While China are sending out mixed messages, Trump is trashing climate agreements and the UK are silent, the EU are showing the world that a progressive green agenda can lead them out of a pandemic induced recession while still driving forward with a transformational climate policy.

South Korea held its first COVID-19 elections in April and saw the landslide victory of The Democratic party who had a Green New Deal in their agenda. The newly elected President, Moon Jae-In gave the party a clear mandate to implement the Green New Deal as soon as he stepped into office. The government has already announced their ambitious goal of producing zero emissions by 2050 and to end coal financing. This pandemic has made us realize how interconnected we actually are and that we need to work with a sense of community and collaboration. We have experienced at first hand that what we do affects others and this is true not just during the COVID emergency but also in terms of climate change. So, while we’re still going through this crisis, we can see that there is a lot to be hopeful for. Many are coming to recognise that the pandemic is just a part of a bigger problem and we need to retain sustainable habits after the lockdowns are lifted and beyond. We need to keep this consciousness within us alive. At the same time, while governments contemplate a greener economy plan, we need shout out to them that it is imperative that we go down that route; that the citizens demand it too. Initiatives like the EU’s Green Recovery Package point the way to more radical longterm measures that will help tackle inequality, climate crisis and prevent pandemics in the future. Collective and individual change along with greener Government policies is the only way we can tackle the climate crisis head on and boost economies post COVID at the same time.

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additional control measures. However, an increase in private vehicles will result in gridlock, which will not only make it impossible for the emergency vehicles but the increase in air pollution would make symptoms of Covid-19 far worse. At the same time, city Many progressive cities have come councils are also looking to choose a up with a solution for greener path. Mayors this including Milan, from cities across Barcelona, Bogota, continents are holding Mexico City, Paris, talks to co-ordinate their New York, London and efforts to support a lowVancouver, who have carbon, sustainable started implementing recovery. They have plans to reallocate been discussing measures street space from cars ranging from to cycling and walking. huge retrofitting Plans include adding programs to new bike lanes up making buildings to 50kms long and more energy widening pavements. efficient, to mass At the same time, tree planting, to bicycle sales are investment in solar skyrocketing in Australia and wind power. and e-bikes have seen a sudden burst of sales in the U.S In the southern hemisphere, New and Germany. Zealand is leading the way in trying to boost the economy while protecting A beacon of hope has the environment. They have pledged also been lit by the EU in showing a whooping 1.1 billion dollars towards other countries and trading blocs nature-based jobs, including pest how to rebuild COVID-19 ravaged control and conservation in their economies while protecting the recovery plan. The aim is to generate environment and tackling climate employment for out-of-work Kiwis change. Their Green Recovery through plantation, cleaning and Package will provide €20 billion for conservation programs that would

‘help protect and restore indigenous biodiversity and habitat, help with re-vegetation of private and public conservation land and undertake riparian planting’.

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High street shops have been left to wither on the vine for years and with Covid 19 lockdown measures and Amazon’s absolute appropriation of online retail, 2020 has been widely cited as the final nail in the coffin for small retailers. However, as a new virtual delivery service with a focus on zero emissions and local produce launches in Brighton & Hove, we can now shop in safety and support the city while watching Britain’s Got Talent at the same time!

Within the first few weeks of launching, almost twenty, weird and wonderful local businesses are already on board offering over 320 food, drink, fashion and homeware products, which range from locallymade beer to Bend Over Beginners Strap On kits and vibrators. Click It Local was established to support local businesses, provide convenience and reduce retail’s carbon footprint and Brighton was a ‘natural fit’ for the platform, according to the company’s founder Steve Koch. He explained: “Famous for its wide range of shops and consumers, we wanted to be able to help the Brighton community keep its local independents in business as well as support Brighton customers in having more choice.” Speaking of choice, the service has already proved popular with a diverse smorgasbord of local retailers including Brighton Pier beer, Bison beer, The Great British Charcuterie, Hi Cacti, Old Tree Brewery and She Said Boutique - with some businesses seeing it as a ‘lifeline during these tough times’. Local beer craft beer distillers, Big Hug Brewery, has previously only stocked its beverages in pubs and shops around town but this new platform has opened the opportunity for them to go straight to consumers. Matt Williams, Big Hug’s co-founder, said: “Click It Local is a great concept to allow the independence of Brighton to continue to thrive and be supported in these strange times. It also gives people another option to Amazon that supports local businesses.”

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Click It Local is by no means alone in providing local, sustainable and carbon-friendly deliveries during this time with many renowned Brighton brands, including Infinity Foods, Flour Pot Bakery and various pubs and restaurants, all going above and beyond during lockdown to keep the city’s vibrant retail and restaurant scene alive. She Said Erotic Boutique is another ‘unique’ retailer which has embraced the online focus during recent months and also joined Click It Local in May. The store’s owner, Nic Ramsey,

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highlighted the platform’s appeal in its ability to reflect Brighton’s personality. “We’re not your average shop,” she said with a chuckle. “Our products are different and our USP is being able to provide something you can’t find anywhere else, be that sex toys or a space where people come for advice on so many different levels. “With Click It Local, wherever it is launched, it should reflect what is happening in each town or city. In Brighton, it’s appropriate that we have risqué stuff alongside sustainable and artisan products showcasing interesting and unusual businesses and setting it apart from the Amazon’s of the world. It’s all about a personal, local touch as opposed to the faceless entity of Amazon which is just so vast. When you pop into a local shop, you’re in such a special environment. It’s the difference between a hotel and a home.”

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In the 21st century, it’s clear convenience is king. A recent YouGov analysis reports how more than 60 percent of millennials and Generation Z buy clothes and accessories online, with Amazon being the most popular online retailer. Although the ease of digital shopping is wonderful in

terms of lifestyle and getting everything in one place, simply logging onto Amazon for all your needs and desires can be detrimental to our local economy, our communities, and most importantly, ourselves. News that Jeff Bezos’, founder and boss of Amazon, wealth has surged by $24bn

zon and other retail giants, some media outlets have reported the flipside of the Amazon share price growth, highlighting how Bezos’ company has spent at least £3.2bn in response to the coronavirus outbreak and recruited 175,000 additional staff to cope with the increase in orders. Much like the big brand

(£19bn) after increased online demand should have caused us to flock to the streets in protest, but we couldn’t because lockdown, and because Tiger King was on. Commenting on Amazon’s financial growth and Bezos’ personal wealth upswell in recent months, Click It Local’s Steve Koch said: “Amazon pulls in billions, which has increased as a result of lockdown based on the simple fact of convenience, by enabling shoppers to be able to order everything in one place and get it delivered fast! It’s a shame that Amazon has been the only option for many in lockdown, ‘stealing’ billions of revenue that would have been destined for local independent stores around the world.” The fault doesn’t simply lay at the feet of Ama-

supermarkets, it’s vital to have Amazon, Sainsburys, Tesco, Morrisons, etc. which can create much needed jobs and keep the economy afloat whilst also providing sustenance for rich or poor alike. Supermarkets have all provided invaluable support for millions during recent months with thousands of staff putting their health at risk to stay open for consumers. However, it’s also clear that in doing this we have ensured that household spend is predominantly going to major corporations and lining the pockets of FTSE100


players at the expense of small, independent retailers who are the backbone of communities up and down the country. “They [Amazon] might be raking in billions but, in all honesty, they are giving people the opportunity to access a HUGE variety of products from one place, so you can’t knock them for that,” stated Big Hug’s Matt Williams. “What I don’t like though is that they don’t or can’t consolidate orders and deliver everything together, like Click it Local, so the environmental impact is really bad. And the amount of cardboard and packaging with Amazon orders, that’s really poor too!” In addition to its focus on local communities, Click it Local is also ensuring its business maintains a sustainable footprint in the city. “We naturally have a low carbon footprint because all items are being collected and delivered locally,” explained Koch. “To further ensure these deliveries within the city do not contribute to pollution we only use zero emission electric bikes and Vehicles to deliver with courier being paid fairly on a living wage.” As local businesses fight to balance creating revenue and adapting to new, sustainable methods which protect the planet, it’s clear there is a need for initiatives like Click It Local to lend a helping hand and for retailers to protest with their wallets in a bid to fight big corporations and drive systemic eco-focused change. She Said’s Nic Ramsey concluded: “There are tough times ahead in many ways, but hopefully good things will come out and as a society we can change the way we work, the way we shop and the way we live to ensure more appreciation for small people, nature and the environment.”

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Calling all Brighton-based vegans, Happy Maki is at it again. That’s right, the city’s much-loved vegan sushi spot is opening its doors to its second establishment; a 50 seater restaurant, right in the heart of Brighton. If you’ve not heard of Happy Maki before, let us get you up to speed. Anna MacDonald, a free-diving and surfing fanatic, founded Happy Maki in 2014 after watching End of the Line; a documentary about the world’s disappearing fish stocks. Anna realised that she couldn’t be a true ocean-lover without attempting to tackle this sustainability issue, so she decided to start her own fish-free sushi catering company, in the hope of spreading awareness about ocean environmental issues. Fast forward six years and Happy Maki is now an established festival favourite across the UK. Each summer (with the obvious exception of this year due to COVID-19), the team pitch up at around 20 festivals, including Glasto, Green Man, Boomtown, Shambala and Wilderness, winning the award for Best Festival Caterer in both 2017 and 2019.

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Other than the UK’s festival trail, Happy Maki can also be found at its small pier-front

takeaway shop in Brighton which is usually packed during the summer months (hence the need for extra space!) The menu is entirely vegan and offers a generous selection

of mouth-watering sushi burritos (including Crispy ‘Chkn’ and Hoisin ‘Duck’), vegetable-based sides, fruity smoothies and sweet treats, too. And, Happy Maki’s commitment to sustainability extends far beyond than the food they serve. In its current store, the business prides itself on using 100% green energy, entirely compostable packaging, plus it sends zero waste to landfill. How’s that for eco-friendly? In addition to its compassion for the Earth, Happy Maki is also dedicated to supporting people. They’re a Living Wage Employer, and a not-for-profit organisation, which means that the money they make goes back into the business to cover costs and further support the charities they work with; for every burrito sold, they plant a tree and feed a child. Now, Happy Maki is expanding and preparing to open its second eatery; transforming a “run down shell” in the North Lanes into a “first of its kind community space”. From fitting a new commercial kitchen, to renovating and re-decorating, the building needs a lot of love to bring it back to life. So, the business is crowdfunding to raise a whopping £40’000, which will cover a portion of the re f u r b i s h ment fees. As thanks for supporting the business, investors will receive an exclusive sneak preview of the new restaurant and have the opportunity to attend a Q&A with Anna herself. The new 50-seater establishment will dou-

ble up as an alcohol-free, ve and a vibrant space for the hosting workshops, gigs an showings in the evenings. T team is also focused on wo reduce waste streams, increa of service, and updating the fully gluten free.

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Anna feels confident that H prove that when you without the expectation of receiving anything in return, people will choose to support you, regardless. “Our customers are so lovely, our team is great and the majority of the time we really love what we’re doing and the product we’re selling, so it’s very rare that you get someone who comes in and doesn’t feel that and appreciate it and see the good work that we’re doing with our chosen charities,” she says.

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Once perfected, Happy Maki will be allowing other companies to use the app for free, as well as sharing data for them to learn from. “Hopefully we’ll have done most of the work for people so they can just take our idea and build on what we’ve done,” says Anna, who’s optimistic that this new initiative could pave the way for fellow restaurants to rethink how they do business, too. Originally, the Pay As You Feel scheme was planned to coincide with Happy Maki’s new restaurant opening in May, but due to COVID-19, the launch has been pushed back indefinitely. The building team working on the project have struggled to get supplies which has slowed the process by 20%, and so the refurbishment is still very much underway. While the coronavirus pandemic has been a challenging time for the business, Anna hastens to add that there have been positives. “It’s worked out quite well to be able to launch Pay As You Feel in the small shop first because I’ve been able to be here everyday; watching how people use it and making changes, so that when we do move it over into the new restaurant, it’ll be the finished product,” she explains. So far, Happy Maki’s customers have been filled with praise for the innovative Pay As You Feel system, with the staff noticing how different the environment feels without the exchange of money at the till point. Although Happy Maki aren’t exactly sure when the new restaurant will (finally) open, the team is excited about this next step in their commitment to positive change, and how it’ll impact the future of the business. So, with that in mind, be sure to watch this (super sustainable) space!

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The phone rings. Editor: Kelsey? Me: Yeh? Editor: Go and find out what the boys at Ginger and Dobbs Shoreham are up during the lockdown. Me: OK, Where and When? Editor: Tomorrow, 5 am Hollingbury Veg market. Me: What time?! Editor Don’t forget your camera!

fruit and veg and the deliveries have gone through the roof. There is a strange tension between the buyers as they share stories of how quickly their worlds have expanded and the struggle to meet the demands of orders to be met. “Ridiculous crazy, scary” one guy remarks as he walks past us. He was wearing a rather fetching designer onesie also. You know who you are…No picture sorry. Ginger knows his stuff, and has a nose for a good tomato, well to be honest, if its fruit or veg he knows everything there is to know. Even where the peas are from at what time of year. Today its Italy. “Taste these” he says as he takes the peas from the pod and throws them in his mouth. His PPE mask is still on and the peas fall uneaten to the floor.

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I meet Ginger at the market. Its already a hive of activity with the pre ordered pallets being sorted and awaiting pick up. Even at this time of day the banter is in full flow. Enter stage right that bloke who was in Heartbeat (I wasn’t). I get a hammering from every angle. I take my camera out to document Gingers long day and the hecklers get camera shy and hide behind the cucumbers and rocket.

Ginger and Dobbs have been hit like everyone else in this epidemic, but they have adapted. They had to. “It was act or die” says Ginger. Half the premises was a buzzing cafe, that space is now

Again, second fail with the camera. Come on, Kelsey, be ready for these moments! Ginger carries on, “One good thing, we are re-educating individual palates. With the quality of this fresh veg that people are receiving they are realising it’s a better product than they were getting in the supermarket and in many cases its cheaper” Back at the shop and Justin is manning the phone and sorting out the 50 deliveries for the day. I chat with him about the packaging issues facing grocers in these sterile times and the ongoing problems with one use plastics, but that’s another day and many pages… There is a real feel of community about this shop, and they have hit this problem head on and with great humour. I have had a lovely day, but now I need my sleep. Kelsey. Out. P.S. Dobbs was a dog; in case you were wondering.

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Ginger & Dobbs opened 8 years ago in the centre of Shoreham as a café and provisions store. Since then it has become established as a foodies’ haven, a place where the very best produce, much of it locally sourced from Sussex growers, is beautifully cooked and presented for you to sit and enjoy or is available for you to take home and cook for yourself. The values that underpin the small and friendly team that make up Ginger & Dobbs are committed to delivering an efficient but personal service to their customers, supporting and collaborating with local Sussex businesses and producers, and continually striving to improve environmental sustainability. Part of the Ginger & Dobbs vision is to help to bring community back to the high street; supporting this ethos with a variety of pop-up evening events with high quality sharing platters and great atmosphere. They also have plans to open a second venue to expand these evenings but for now these on hold. All their energy is going into the challenge of adapting to, and surviving, the impact of the current pandemic.

Before COVID-19 struck, Ginger and Dobbs was the buzzing heart of Shoreham, filled with locals enjoying the banter and fantastic breakfast and brunches washed down with artisan coffees, teas and freshly squeezed juice, before browsing through high quality produce in the storeroom next door to take home. This ground to a halt in March 2020 with the corona-virus lockdown. Coincidentally, Ginger and Dobbs had already been developing a delivery service to Shoreham residents prior to this so all their efforts went into ramping this up to serve the residents of Shoreham and beyond, with priority given to those at risk, isolating or vulnerable. The development of this service has been an important part of Ginger and Dobbs response to the corona virus with the team putting their energies into sourcing, preparing and delivering up to 300 grocery selection boxes. This included devising safe ways of working to minimize risks to staff and to those who were self-isolating at home. To enable expansion of this delivery service, Ginger and Dobbs sourced new premises where boxes could be packed on a larger scale, created a new website and online ordering system and purchase a refrigerated delivery van. Their core value of sustainability came under pressure when sourcing the packaging for the ramped-up delivery volumes. Their policy of supplying freshly squeezed orange

juice in reusable glass bottles has had to be revised (at least until a way can be found to ensure that there is no risk of contamination from returned bottles). In the meantime, they are having to use recyclable packaging. As well as expanding their delivery service, Ginger and Dobbs devised a way to be able to serve customers at a counter on the pavement at the front of the store. To reduce handling of produce, and to maintain social distancing, bespoke lists can be picked for customers by staff wearing PPE, this allows customers to shop at their favourite local store visit and buy produce, in conditions that are safe for them and for staff. Ginger and Dobbs are monitoring the measures to control the virus which continues to restrict the re-opening of the café but are pushing ahead with plans to serve the local community from a mobile food outlet, further develop a grab and go offer from the shop and expand their “homemade deli” ranges such as Salsa Verde and Smoked Mackerel Pate. So far, Ginger and Dobbs have adapted to meet the first wave of change brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. They will continue to grow the business by listening to the local community and delivering what people want, high quality produce, produced and packaged in a sustainable way and delivered with care and attention. Ginger & Dobbs www.gingeranddobbs.com

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Great news for anyone with an interest in sustainability and actually saving this planet. The European Commission is pumping €10 billion into its ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy. ‘Farm to Fork’ is a new initiative with the aim of taking the grey wastes of the agricultural industry and turning them green, in a bold move towards world-saving, plant-based living.

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Back in December 2019, the European Commission presented their ‘European Green New Deal’, and their ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy is the latest in a line of proposed initiatives. Over the next 6 years, the EU will spend €100 billion on bringing a number of strategies like this one into fruition, all with one crucial and noble end game; carbon neutrality in Europe by 2050. So, what exactly will the ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy aim to do? As the name indicates, the idea is to ‘go green’ at all stages of the agricultural industry, so from the farms themselves, all the way to the fork in your hand. That includes the growing of crops, the harvest, and even the delivery and transportation of food to the supermarket shelves. That all sounds lovely, but the question is always going to be, how? To go into some specifics, the proposal highlights a planned move towards an increased focus on plant-based protein alternatives, for example, and on the use of renewable energy in the management and running of the farms. There is recognition of the ‘need for action’ and a number of strategic proposals are outlined, all around this powerful notion of ‘building the food chain that works for consumers, producers, the climate and the environment.’ Perhaps most crucially, the ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy also recognises the need for research into new technologies, and to focus on the education of people at each of the links in this so called ‘food chain’. So that means facilitating the shift towards a ‘sustainable and healthy diet’ through teaching, in a bid to try and change attitudes. People’s capacity for change can be limited, that is no mystery.

This could come at no better time. The recession from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pick up pace, and as Alexander Holst of nonprofit organisation The Good Food Institute wisely stated, these new green measures by the EU present a ‘golden opportunity for Europe’ to ‘implement a truly green recovery.’ In many ways, we as a global society will have to start again in the wake of the COVID-19 disaster, so why not restart a little greener? It seems like a no brainer. Compared to the $718 billion the US is spending on their military in 2020, or the £55 billion our own UK government has allocated to ‘defence’, ‘Farm to Fork’ initiative’s €10 billion is peanuts, yes, but at least it’s a start. It’s certainly another big step in the right direction for Europe and the EU, which for all intents and purposes, should be leading in green direction. It’s just a shame we here in the UK are no longer a part of it. Sadly, there are currently no plans along the lines of ‘Farm to Fork’ on our own shores. Government priorities seem to lie ignorantly, shamefully and foolishly elsewhere. I guess this means that it really is down to us, the ordinary folk, to continue to try and do our best in order to combat the climate disaster. For now, let’s just keep doing those little things on a daily basis, and let’s do them even better, in order to try and be as green as we can. Eat a little less meat and dairy, recycle more efficiently, and limit those long drives. We’ve heard it all before, but now is the time to really push for these things. By doing so, and by keeping this dialogue alive, maybe we can be the ones to facilitate change. Maybe Boris and co will even start to listen, and like the EU, make some changes of their own before it’s too late. KULAMAGAZINE 39

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The lockdowns were quite an enlightening time for us. We went from going crazy to going creative, to becoming bakers to having moments of deep insight; it was intense. While we had our phases inside, nature had her own, she thrived while we were locked up in our houses. It was almost as if nature, the birds, bees, elephants and all the animals are having a ‘wild’ party that we are definitely not invited to. Well, fortunately unfortunately, we’re back to crash their party. Eeks! Most of the reasons why nature was thriving was because humans were not doing a lot of our dirty work like driving cars, running polluting industries, we were not shopping like crazy, not throwing around garbage. All the things contributing to the flourishing of nature were because of things we weren’t doing. But did you ever think that maybe there were things we WERE doing

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When the lockdown was announced, what was the very first thing you just had to rush to the market to buy? Besides some people fighting over toilet paper, most of the sane population was mainly focused on stocking up food; crazy amounts of food. Food is something we usually take for granted. Thanks to the lockdown, we’ve all woken up to food waste and how much we throw away. We realised and are still realising how precious food actually is and are trying to avoid wasting it. Also, since a lot of us have received salary cuts, we’re being very cautious with what we buy instead of splurging on junk like we used to. Needs over wants is rule of sustainability, a much needed skill we learnt.

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Ok, so this is my personal favourite, I have been seeing a lot of gardeners cropping up (see what I did there;) ) and it just makes me so happy. Not only did the lockdown make us realize how dependent we are for food but also made us conscious of the quality of food we consume. When we grow our own vegetables, not only are we eating organic and fresh but we are producing next to zero emissions through food miles. It’s right there in your garden, balcony or kitchen shelf. But also the plants are helping further by takin in more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which is always a good thing!

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We all need a good immune system right now and most of us are trying our best to do as much as we can to get our immune systems up and working. And you know what helps boost our immune systems the most? Vegetables, especially, green leafy ones. I can imagine some of you making those faces. Meat is acidic in nature and viruses thrive in acidic environments whereas vegetables are alkaline in nature and viruses have a hard time surviving in a predominantly alkaline body. Eating less meat actually helps fight climate change as well because the livestock industry is actually one of the biggest contributors of climate change. Forests and pasturelands are wiped out to create animal farms (yes, they are just as vicious as George Orwell’s). Animal factory farms have a very high carbon water footprint. Also, cows produce methane when they belch, a gas way more dangerous than Co2, which further contributes to global warming. So, eating more vegetables means good for the planet and good for you.

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The lockdown has been the time of our hidden talents and curiosities to shine. So many of us have been baking, cooking, sewing and painting. I see ya and I am proud of ya! Thanks to the lockdown the world has been blessed with so many more artists, chefs, bakers and so much more. But did you know that just by having fun doing this you are actually helping the planet? Think about it, if it weren’t for the lockdown a lot of us would be ordering food A LOT, we would be online shopping more. We would be buying more than making but because of the lockdown we’re just doing things on our own, using what we have. DIY for the win! Good for your pocket and good for the planet...and also your health! Mental and physical.

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The climate crisis is a growing concern for more than three quarters of the UK and is affecting our mental health, our social interactions and even our dating lives. As its impact grows is it better to fight for tomorrow or just say fuck the future and go back to playing ‘Which Disney character am I’ on Instagram?


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According to a 2019 study by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), 76 percent of UK residents now state they are concerned about climate change. With more people suffering severe effects of eco-anxiety, both in their day-to-day health or major life choices, such as going vegan or not having children, the impact is undeniable. “If we keep colluding with business as usual, we may have a mental health crisis at global scale on our hands very soon, as the danger is real,” highlighted Steffi Bednarek, a renowned Counsellor and Psychotherapist for Brighton and Hove who works with climate-change anxiety and provides expert support and advice for Universities, national and local Governments, the Council of Europe, the BBC, and more.

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Commenting on the global situation, Bednarek explained: “The climate emergency is finally newsworthy. Uncontrollable wildfires, storms, floods and images of oceans covered in plastic have frighted many. The pandemic highlights our inter-dependence and vulnerability to pathogens, food shortages and adverse global events. More and more people sense that something is wrong without being able to name it. In lockdown we have taken actions that nobody believed were possible. Our future now depends on what we do next.” In terms of what to do next, especially if people are susceptible to ecoanxiety, the question still comes down to whether you are better off ignoring or fully embracing a sustainable lifestyle in terms of one’s mental health. A 2020 study for the

Journal of Environmental Psychology reported how climate anxiety, but not behavioral engagement, was associated with a general measure of depression and anxiety, a reasoning which Bednarek supports. “Research has shown that there are mental health benefits in engaging in sustainable lifestyles and that people who have mobilised in activism feel the benefits of a supportive community,” she said. “Many engage rationally with climate change data whilst not fully allowing it to disrupt one’s lifestyle. Positive bias, wishful thinking, denial or numbing are all ways to deflect from uncomfortable feelings. This reduces the urgency for dramatic change. The more reality is avoided in this way, the more anxiety builds up unconsciously. The need for further distortion increases. This process may maintain an emotional

equilibrium on the surface, but it costs us the Earth and our future. Appropriate anxiety can therefore be a sign of psychological health in a dysfunctional and dangerous situation. It urges us to act.” Echoing these sentiments, Lucy Lindley, Founder of local Brighton & Hove sustainable fashion community, Not So Sloppy Seconds, said: “I think a healthy balance is definitely key here. Focusing on the climate crisis can definitely be anxiety and stressinducing but I think it is important to remember that there is no right or wrong way to live sustainably. I’m only one person and I can’t fix everything, as much as I think I’d love to! Since I started really considering the things I do on a daily basis I’ve actually found that it’s been good for my mental health. Trying to shop plastic-free, for example, has been a big one for me as I don’t have the guilt of throwing plastic packaging into the bin as often.” Relating to this on a local, Brighton & Hove level, Not So Sloppy is working towards a supportive strategy


“ An eco-lifestyle is about forming new habits, so start by getting yourself a reusable coffee cup, have a couple of meat-free days a week and take it from there.” free days a week and take it from there.”

But if you’re not reading doom-core environmental papers, what’s the answer to reducing anxiety? Many sustainably focused individuals feel they have nobody to turn to or their position as a vegan/zerowaster is viewed as extreme. Steffi Bednarek provides some tips for reducing anxiety whilst forging ahead with an eco-lifestyle. “This is not a time to advocate fitting into a state of normality that costs us the Earth,” she offered. “It is true that embracing one’s values more openly may alienate others. It may also liberate others to do the same. The more we live in integrity with ourselves, the more we will attract like minded people. The transition may be bumpy, but the times call for us not to play small. Living as though our future depends on the actions we take today is a form of soul rebellion against this numbing. Allowing anxiety to become an agent of change transforms it into a positive force. We become larger in the process of it.” So there you have it. The climate crisis is real, as is eco-anxiety. It’s time to dust off your ‘I tried to save the planet and all I got was this lousy, micro-plastic free, t-shirt’ top and act. If anyone ever tells you there’s no use crying over organically grown, plantbased milk, remember to take your fears and mould them into agents of the future. There is no Planet B, it’s time to give a shit!

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bringing together people from all walks of life to focus on sustainable fashion, share tips and tricks, learn about the key environmental issues and “have a bit of reassurance that nobody is perfect”. Focusing on tips for reducing this anxiety when starting down the sustainable lifestyle route, Lindley said: “Around six months ago I was going through a rough patch with my mental health and part of that was definitely because I was trying to take on too many causes at once. I had a kind of environmental information overload where I just wanted to fix every problem on the planet at once. It’s not a healthy way to live and it ends up being counter-productive. So I’ve learned to pick my battles. It might not seem like much, but making small changes over time is a much better way of approaching a sustainable lifestyle. If we all try to go vegan, stop buying from the high-street and cycle everywhere all at once it’ll be overwhelming and we’re more likely to give up. An ecolifestyle is about forming new habits, so start by getting yourself a reusable coffee cup, have a couple of meat-

It’s easy to feel helpless, just listen to After The Gold Rush and hear Neil Young’s plaintive cry to ‘look at Mother Nature on the run in the 1970s’. It’s now 50 years later and she’s still on the run. The Climate Crisis affects us all differently. Personality, political party choice, education, social standing, background, creed and so much more all factor into how much importance we lend to it and how much we accept our own impact. Writing for BBC Futures, journalist Christine Ro highlighted how her own flights between London and Guwahati produce roughly twice as much carbon dioxide as the average Indian emits in a whole year. So our jobs, lifestyles, hobbies and so much more, all play a part in our own personal footprints but no matter what our footprints are and where we produce them, the situation is a global one and our actions have ramifications not just on our own doorsteps but in communities across the globe - rich or poor, capitalist or communist, sinner or saint, alike. In tandem, how we allow this information to weigh upon us manifests itself all differently too. There are those, like Donald. J(oker) Trump, who can deny all in the face of facts and seemingly not feel anxious. Contrastly, there are those who allow it to shape their very existence. For many who have read Jem Bendell’s ‘Deep Adaptation’ paper, there’s little to be done but move to the countryside, grow carrots and cry. The thesis itself, which lays out in explicit detail how serious the climate crisis is and the

inevitable societal collapse awaiting us in a terrifyingly short timeframe, is fascinating, controversial and makes Cormac McCarthy’s The Road read like Spot The Dog. Suffice to say, if you’re partial to sleepless nights, maybe don’t read this.


So for many of us home is our place of work as well for a while. How are you feeling about it? Is it something you’d like to keep doing? Recent research shows we are more productive at home - so it really could become permanent for some. I’ve worked from home for nearly 15 years and I’m an interior designer - so I’d love to help you make that a better experience for you.

When things are out of our control

like they are now for some of us now it’s good for our wellbeing to sort the things we can control. I get inspired when I can think clearly. So clutter around me and in my head is no good. Try and switch to paperless as quickly as you can. Find non-officey ways to store your work things and reclaim some home storage for work things so you don’t have to look at them in your evenings and weekends.

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Having a home detox

by having a clear out and living more minimally will make you feel freer and so much better. It’s not for everyone but really works for me so I can’t help recommending it. There’s so many charities who’ll appreciate your old furniture and furnishings. Charities like the British Heart Foundation will collect resellable items. Please never cut the fire label off sofas, chairs and mattresses. Without it - it can’t be resold by reselling organisations. Resist doing it! Yearly UK homes throw away 1.6 million tonnes of bulky waste. If you combine the percentages

Creating a better environment to live and work in now we are spending so much time at home. Plus now many of us have more time, it’s the perfect opportunity to tackle home improvement projects. for furniture and bulk textiles (such as mattresses) it’s over 60%! A huge 51% of this is either instantly reusable or reusable with a slight repair. While we’re on the subject of repairing, why don’t you repair that item you’ve been meaning to fix or ages?! For me that’s such a feelgood moment - bringing something back to life and diverting it from landfill. Nothing needs to go to landfill. Local dogs homes will welcome old towels. If things really can’t find homes - take them to be recycled at your recycling centre.

Review before buying new,

review things already in your home, and even friends or family member’s homes! Use Freecycle/Freegle. Try and reuse. Do your family and friends have friend have items they don’t use or need? Make use of Freegle, Freecycle, BOOT FAIRS and street treasure! It adds those stories you can tell and is so much more enjoyable than shopping. Old furniture was built to last. It’s lasted ‘til now and will last longer than that flatpack. If painting it means you will love it more and extend it’s life then do it. Just check it’s not a family treasure or an antique first though! A collected look is so much nicer than buying everything together. Old and new DO mix.

Recycle

It’s possible to do without everything looking woolly and recycled! Upcycle things yourself. Repurpose things in clever ways. It adds fun and it’s really satisfying to do and you end up with something original! We upcycled old skate decks kindly collected by Level Skateboards for a client’s project.

Look for recycled content — PET bedding, recycled mattress mattresses! Paint, flooring, rugs, bedding, fabric. Our duvet is made from recycled PET bottles and the mattress is made from (clean!) recycled mattresses! I’ve used lots of recycled content elements for my clients - from ghost fishing net carpet to tables made from recycled glass collected in Brighton.

Set up Ebay alerts for things for your

home you are looking out for. It’s so much nicer to collect lovely items to furnish than buy new things and do it too quickly and waste resources and money. Surround yourself with things you love, that you have collected and have good memories connected to them. These stories add character and another dimension to your spaces. A collected look is so much more interesting looking. unique and full of personality.


Chloe Bullock is a BIID Registered Interior Designer® at the British Institute of Interior Design – the pre-eminent professional organisation for interior designers in the UK. She creates animal-friendly, humanfriendly and planet-friendly interiors for homes and for entrepreneurs.

Colours

These colours of the year can be lovely inspiration, but don’t use a colour at home just because it’s a ‘trend’. If you don’t connect to a colour you will be painting it again for you know it. There’s lots of science behind colours and how they make us feel. So use the colours that make you feel good in your home. Don’t be afraid to let colour in if it bring you joy! Try some clashing colours - use pattern or reduce the scale and expanse of the amount you use to dilute the strength down. Think about the functions of the rooms you are updating. You might want something more calmer and soothing in your bedroom. Obviously check with your landlord if you are renting. Don’t be precious. Experiment. You can always repaint. While we’re on the subject of paint - be aware that some paint still has animal tested ingredients. So ask questions before you buy. Animal bristle brushes and wool roller sleeves are still available on the market. Can you borrow brushes from someone rather than buying new?

How is your workspace?

I hope you have settled into a routine that works for you and you are able to work comfortably. I’m HOPING at the least you have a table and chair set up for your workspace. I’ve seen allsorts on social media. Hammocks used as chairs, ironing boards used at desks, people having to sit on their bed. If you’re working on any of those you pretty urgently need a better set up. That can’t go on for days!

than desks. Use cushions to raise yourself higher if needed or behind you to support your lumbar. Vary your working position. Can you stand for some reading tasks - perhaps at the kitchen counter?

hopefully it gives you the feeling of space and there’s some greenery to look at. It will do you good! Biophilia - meaning a connection to nature that humans crave - is hugely beneficial to us. The feeling of space beyond will help you feel less confined as well! If you’re working in a multifunctional room - can you section an area to create some privacy and sound improvement? A freestanding open backed bookcase makes a really good room divider. Dot some pot plants around it to get plants near you. Snake plants and peace lillies are great for air purifying. Some plants are good in bedrooms and clean the air at night while you sleep - by providing fresh oxygen, so get advice on whether they are daytime or night time.

Biophilia

(which includes natural textures stones, timber as well as plants) and access to nature reduces blood pressure, depression and anxiety; increased attention capacity; speeds up healing times; increased psychological wellbeing; and increased pain tolerance. Plants are very worth integrating into your home. Even the act of caring for a plant is good for us! How is the lighting? ... try to maximise daylight and use supplementary local task lighting if needed.

Prior to setting up her own company over 14 years ago, she was part of The Body Shop team delivering ethical global store concepts and specifications. Her ongoing commitment to environmental awareness, sustainability using circular economy principles and cruelty-free specifications learnt at The Body Shop, has translated into her own interior design business. She was the first interior designer in the UK to be VEGANDESIGN.ORG CERTIFIED™. She has recently become a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Chloe Bullock @materialiseint

A pendant in the centre of the room just casts your work area in your shadow so don’t bother using it if that’s the case.

Have you got some lamps already at home you could use rather than buying new?

I want you to maximise your exposure to daylight - especially in the morning to help your circadian rhythm (your sleep/wake cycle).

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Working on a dining table is better - even though they are higher

Try and position yourself so you can see out of the window…

Chloe supports both entrepreneurs and home owners - designing with a focus on health, cruelty free, sustainability. She is a FitWel® Ambassador and keen follower of human-centric, healthy design - using standards such as WELL building standard, Building Biology as well as FitWel® to ensure spaces are healthy for the users.

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Written by J Taylor Illustrated by Massi Marzucco @hey.imateenager


Greenwashing isn’t just duplicitous, it goes against the very fundamentals of our laws of communication and the time has come to cut the bullshit! With more and more brands being allowed to tell barefaced lies when it comes to their green credentials, the quest for ethically-sourced, sustainable and non-exploitative products has become the unicorn of every budding eco-warrior’s shopping habits. Whether it’s a ‘totally organic’ shampoo experience which includes chemical toxins (Herbal Essences), a car which runs on ‘clean diesel’ despite the company cheating emissions tests (Volkswagen), or a ‘sustainable palm-oil’ filled chocolate bar drenched in the tears of slaughtered orangutans (Nestle), at some point, somewhere we’ve all been greenwashed!

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Greenwashing is when a company or brand makes a claim that is either misleading or, more often than not, completely false with regards to their ethical, environmental or humanist credentials. Now you might be quick to write this all off as a company merely doing its best to be green but being hampered by testing guidelines or supply chains. This is bullshit and it’s damaging for retailers and consumers alike! Emily Evans, founder of local, sustainable fashion brand, Zola Amour, wears her disdain for greenwashing and throwaway clothing on her ethically-sourced, handmade sleeve. The company’s ethos of ‘f**k fast fashion’ embodies not just Zola Amour’s mission but one Evans hopes to pass onto their customers too. “Big brands will always do all that they can to maximise profits with a total disregard for planet and people,” she explained. “This offends us greatly. The only real fix is for the individual to investigate ethical claims to ensure that they are truthful and to ask questions when the answer is not clear - basically, don’t take what you are told to be the truth, investigate, ask, investigate more and then decide if the brands practises are something that you are willing to support.”

Echoing this ideology is Mel Jenkinson, founder of Brighton-based, organic and natural beauty shop, Glow Organics, who has built a business recognised for its carefully selected, sustainablysourced products resulting in a high level of trust from her clientele. “There is a lot of naivety amongst consumers, I was certainly victim to this when I first began to learn about sustainability,” admits Mel Jenkinson. “We buy what makes us feel good and often just believing that the product is green, whether it is or isn’t, is enough for us. I do think [greenwashing] will possibly get worse with the increase in consumer demand for eco products so education is incredibly important at this stage to stop brands or companies from pulling the wool over their customers eyes. We need to be educating consumers around what to look for and where to find it, if we are to tackle the issue.” Recent figures from Oxfam highlight how 90 percent of UK consumers would be willing to purchase a product clearly labelled as ‘upcycled’ or ‘100% recyclable’ although significantly less would be willing to pay a premium. Most interestingly however, the same report showed how almost two thirds of consumers admit they would stop using a brand if it was found to be detrimental to the environment. So what’s the balance between accepting greenwashing for a cheaper price or fighting for fairness and our planet’s future? Greenwashing is more than just false labelling, it’s tantamount to fraud but more often than not it’s too easy to be fooled or even turn a blind eye to the problem especially with wellknown, ‘trusted’ brands. “Some of the biggest cosmetic companies such as Neutrogena and Garnier are some of the worst culprits,” Jenkinson said. “Whilst I commend these brands


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for making an effort to clear communication with their create more ‘eco’, ‘green’, or customers. “We are proud to be ’naturally derived’ products, totally transparent,” explained Evans. I can’t help but think they are “We show all of our team members, purely doing this to follow the our processes, our suppliers and have trends, as sustainability and eco links to all certificates that show our credentials are not woven into fabrics are as good as we say they their DNA as a brand from the are and flat out refuse to work with beginning.” any suppliers that are not prepared to be totally transparent about their suppliers and processes. We are all For Zola Amour’s Evans, greenwashing is a more or nothing and don’t believe in doing insidious beast than just anything half-heartedly.” mislabelling, it is consumerism twisting trends to serve their Glow Organic is open and honest own purpose. about its mission to She highlights discover new and how one “wellinnovative organic known budget beauty brands and highstreet shop” works with shoppers to misuses its claims understand the logistics of ‘sustainable small, independent cotton’ clothes brands face with to imply eco packaging costs, organic when natural ingredients actually upon shortages, and investigation it’s ethical sourcing. actually referring Jenkinson added: “By to reduced letting customers know pesticides use the ins and outs of when harvesting. It’s a case of the brand, we can be more honest, profits over philanthropy and sadly create a connection and consumers consumers often believe what they are more likely to follow along the hear either to feel good about their journey.” purchasing, because they implicitly believe big brands, or sadly down to Consumers in Brighton & Hove are individual’s “time restrictions as well lucky in that there are already scores as laziness” according to Evans. of brands and retailers prepared to do a lot of the heavy lifting when it Unfortunately the brand in question comes to source checking of products is still charging as little as £12 for a whether that’s fashion, cosmetics, pair of jeans, which as we should all groceries or whatever. There are also know in the back of our minds, is an fantastic resources like Good On You, impossible price for a mainstream which provides ethical brand ratings, business model to achieve without and second-hand and upcycled cutting corners, dubious ethics and stores like To Be Worn Again and a poor eco credentials. So how can host of fantastic charity shops and suppliers, retailers and consumers flea markets allowing us to serve up fight against this tide of twattishness? realness without an environmental or The answer is simple, and one Bob ethical price tag attached. However, Hoskins already knew, ‘it’s good to to truly fight the usurping of talk’. Zola Amour, Glow Organics, sustainability and enact the change and many other local brands such as we want to see it’s time to be honest Harriets of Hove, Unoa and HiSBE with ourselves and be offended by greenwashing and fast fashion. are already providing sustainable and ethical choices and ensuring All together: fuck false advertising!

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“ Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for what kind of world you want.” -Anna Lappé


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Joss Ford Founder of Enviral

It’s not that often, that you’re able to confer with someone captivating as Joss Ford, founder of Enviral. With refreshing optimism, Joss provides his take on business growth and development, during and post-Covid. In the is interview we’re able to pick the brains of a CEO whose primary focus is that of the Planet and its stakeholders. We set out to find out how the genuine green innovators of the world are coping with lockdown-induced stress.

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First of all, how are you and the guys coping at Enviral, have you made any changes? Being a digital agency, and with team members dotted around The UK and beyond, we’re used to Skyping, Zooming and everything else in between. This has meant that making the transition to working from home, hasn’t had too much of an impact on our day to day business. We know that the last few months have been so hard for so many people, and for the rest of us, this will probably be the strangest time of our lives. However, amongst the turbulence, we’ve also been given the opportunity to self reflect and get creative. We’ve used this time to regroup and re-think what we want from our future. As an agency, we’ve also evolved. Not just since lockdown but really over the past half a year. We’ve noticed a clear development in who we are and the importance of our specific expertise, and recent events have allowed us to pause, reflect and package up our next step. We’ve recently had a slight re-

structure to our business in that we’ve split it into two sections - Engage and Envolve. This means through Evolve, we’re helping to evolve organisations sustainability strategies through consultancy, and with Engage we’re going to continue to engage customers, fans and employees through impactful communications. What made you decide to go into this business, and especially from the angle of sustainability? I’ve always been an environmentalist. From a young age, I had a fascination with nature. I graduated from The School of Earth and Environment at Leeds University and CISL (Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership), and knew this was an area I wanted to continue working in. I saw scientists explaining the climate crisis, marketing agencies selling us products, but I started to see a way to bridge the two in order to help create a more sustainable world. I actually came up with the whole

concept for Enviral in my lecture. I was sitting in a lecture at university with a problem rattling through my mind - I knew there were companies who did great things, but where were they in the sea of fake greenwash claims? I wanted to get great environmental and social brands into the spotlight so that other eco-minded consumers could purchase from them. I wanted to help these businesses use their force for good, in order to evoke positive behaviour change and ultimately make whole industries better. I’d love to know your opinion on this Lockdown in regards to the environment. Do you think it’s been a (somewhat) short-lived answer to our green prayers? The world is in a super interesting place right now. People everywhere are stopping and thinking about the impact they are having on the planet. We’ve seen a surge in demand for many of our sustainable clients as people see just how much


impact we have if we all work together. We think the future for genuinely sustainable brands is hugely exciting. Now more than ever they have the opportunity to educate and inspire audiences and help use their power for good. In fact, at Enviral, our vision is that one day we’ll live in a world where all brands will prioritise people and the planet… and we’re feeling pretty optimistic about this.

world, which gets amplified by media means that it can be really hard to find optimism, which in my opinion, along with a true purpose is the best tool in business. Personally I’ve had times since I started this journey where I’ve been close to burning out, working multiple 18+ hour days per week in a row - but that work pays off and that feeling, that can be shared with my team is so worth it when it leads to positive change.

amplified when you’re marketing upon platforms which you can’t ultimately fully control (like Facebook / Instagram paid advertisement). Sticking to a long-term vision, making sure that strategy doesn’t waver for short term pressures and getting regular calls each week to share in complete transparency what’s happening (both client and agency sides) is the way we’ve developed such great relationships with our clients.

We’re lucky to work with some amazing clients who are at the forefront in the fight for our planet and who are calling for its health to be put at the heart of all recovery business decisions. We’ve felt pretty inspired seeing purpose-driven businesses demanding a green recovery post COVID-19 and leading the charge for us to ‘build back better’ we think this is hugely exciting.

Personally, my recipe for coping is running, eating plant-based (this is massive), the Headspace app and most importantly talking about things (which is harder than it sounds). We have taken a group mental health

Onwards and upwards, what advice would you give to the small business owners of today? If you’re looking to consider your environmental impact or communicate your purpose to your

awareness class as a team and have steps in place for the team to be fully mental health first aid trained.

audience then make sure it’s genuine. A disingenuous purpose or ‘greenwashing’ will only work to damage your brand, so if you’re going to talk the sustainability talk, then you’re festival better walk the walk.

What is your strategy going forward, what can we look forward to seeing from Enviral? More of the same! We’re continually learning and growing and we’re super stoked about some of the projects we have coming up. We’re working with some real purpose-driven brands to help evoke positive change, and we can’t wait to continue doing this. In terms of the agency, we’ve come a long way over the last few years and this new shift in the business structure is hopefully going to help us create some serious positive impact.

In this you are undoubtedly also managing the anxieties of you clients as well, how have you dealt with this? Anxieties of clients are certainly felt when you’re such a close extension of their business, like we are with all our clients. It is certainly

We know sustainability can be confusing. In my opinion, it’s all about the community that you’re part of. Get talking about the climate crisis – have conversations (not arguments) with friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues – don’t judge others opinions but instead see how you can influence them to be more socially and environmentally focused.

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As a business owner, this level of uncertainty must be incredibly taxing. In light of mental health awareness week having just passed, how has the lockdown impacted you personally, and what, if any, are your coping mechanisms? No doubt there’s a lot of pressure that can sit on CEOs shoulders, pandemic or not. The turbulence that’s happening in the

We’re also proud of our close-knit team, so whether that’s Friday vegan pasta-making or a weekly quiz, the energy and enthusiasm from the team is amazing for morale.


One year ago, the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership were bagging 420 food parcels a week to distribute to those in need. Today, in the midst of the Covid-19 outbreak, that number has risen to over 3000.

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One year ago, the Brighton and Hove food and, of course, waste less. Classes The reality of an impending recession Food Partnership and associates across are offered to those who are isolated, means thousands of residents face grim the city were bagging 420 food parcels vulnerable or suffering from physical employment prospects and income a week to distribute to those in need. and mental health conditions, as well as security. Today, the partnership already Today, in the midst of the Covid-19 those with low income. And their new needs more than £15,000 a week just outbreak, that number has risen to over Green Wellbeing initiative offers outdoor to feed those in the community that are 3000. activities for vulnerable groups. struggling. This has led them to increase Although the numbers recently surged, In the three years before the crisis, they their fundraising, because they know that helping local people and enjoy good worked on zero waste, getting surplus demand will continue to grow long after food has been the partnership’s focus food supplies to hungry people through the lockdown. for over 17 years. The not-for-profit the Surplus Food Network and initiatives “Nobody chooses to rely on emergency organisation was started by a group of like community fridges. The community food packages.” Says Helen. “Food is residents struggling to reconcile the fridge initiative enables companies and a personal thing. People often receive fact that people in the community were residents to work towards becoming items they don’t like or cannot eat due to going hungry, while 60% of food waste zero waste – by offloading their surplus intolerance and allergies.” She would like is said to be avoidable. food to a monitored location where to build a better response – one where In that time, they have built a network individuals can go and collect food. people are offered food vouchers to give to deliver a better system to help They’ve had to put some of these them more choice, perhaps. But all this is address the issue. Their work has had activities on hold during lockdown. Now extremely hard to cater for in the midst resounding success, winning awards and much of the team is working flat out to of a crisis. being replicated nationwide through help those grappling with the financial Helen and her team are asking for Sustainable Food Cities – a burgeoning havoc wrought by the pandemic, shifting support from the government, local movement across more than 50 areas their focus to finding, bagging and councils and businesses to help to in the UK. delivering emergency food parcels. continue supporting those in need While sustenance is crucial to health, the Helen Starr-Keddle is the partnership’s across our city. They also rely on the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership also Development Officer. “It’s a result of a goodwill of the community. offer that human connection – something failing system,” she says. “Most of the If you are interested in donating to that lockdown has reminded us is critical people we help struggle to buy food the emergency response, visit their to wellbeing. As well as connect the simply because their outgoings are website. You’ll also find other interesting community to selected organisations, higher than their income, even after any information, while those in need of help the partnership run workshops at a financial support they might receive. can find a list of companies that can shop Community Kitchen on the Queens Road, Meanwhile, their debt continues to and deliver food: https://bhfood.org.uk/ showing people how to cook, grow mount.” category/get-involved/donate/


EASY WRITER ‘BAGS THE LOVE’ Packing the bags are time consuming. In these bags, amongst other things, tins of Fray Bentos steak and kidney pies. I remark that I hadn’t seen these for years and the pie in a tin lady tells me she has also packed ‘ham in a can‘ and Pina colada cake mix. My mouth waters. The music is on and the vibe is infectious. (Excuse the pun).

I know the guys at the Kula mag love all the wellbeing and sustainability angle but this is real world stuff. The phone rings, blimey, it’s the editor! I ready myself to pitch the headlamp story. Editor. Kelsey? Me. Yeh, listen I have a great idea... Editor. Yeh, yeh, yeh, get down to this school and check out what’s going on there. Don’t forget your cam...

The school is buzzing once again. The front classroom is the packing room, each section staffed by volunteers, all of them giving their time for free. Furloughed cabin crew sort huge sacks of porridge oats into individual portions and an actress and film producer are on the egg packing section, (I drop in that I’m ‘between roles‘ and threw in a few accents while I was taking his picture). There is a shortage of egg boxes so they are making do with egg crates and Sellotape. Art time. In the opposite corner off the classroom a volunteer lady, who wished to remain off camera, is packing items either gifted or bought in.

I was aware of food parcels for the people in need during this time of crisis, but I had no idea of the scale of the operation needed to make it happen. From the first awkward call to ask for money, sourcing reliable delivery drivers, finding volunteers with the right attitude, and obtaining a free location to make this happen is admirable. Incredibly this team are managing to get their free food packages to 3000 homes feeding 5000 people who have been affected during the crisis. Every week! After a few hours here at the school I realise it’s not just food that goes into these packages, there is also a lot of lockdown love.

My hand is already on my camera bag, I grab my car keys, because my motorbike headlamp is...never mind, and I head for the door. I walk through the doors and the assembly hall is full of beans. Literally! Tins and tins of beans, tea bags and toilet roll. Hove park school is now temporary base camp for the lockdown food parcel operation run by The Brighton and Hove Food Partnership.

I take my hat off to them all. It should be my helmet but my motorbike headlamp is...never mind.

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Easy Writer Comic + Photography by Ian Kelsey Illustrated by Howfunnydesigns

So, the new headlamp and lens for my motorbike arrives separately in the post today. Will they fit together? Very exciting. I decide to write an article on the two parts coming together, entitled ‘Love at First Bike’.

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Written by Sarah Nicholas Collage by Dylan Jones


There has been a ‘tsunami’ of change in how people buy food and well, there is good news as well as bad news...

In a regular non-pandemic struck world, globally, we waste approximately 1.3 billion tons of food annually! That means approximately a third of all the food we grow goes to waste. The amount of food we throw annually could feed almost two billion people in this world. How, in the world then, are 800 million people going hungry everyday? Food loss and waste usually happens at two levels. Usually in the developing countries it is through food ‘loss’, where food is lost in the farms or on the way to market due to lack of infrastructure in place, namely, storage, refrigeration and bad roads etc. In developed countries, however, food is wasted at a consumer level where people buy too much and throw away too easily. North America and Europe fall into the latter category where UK alone produced 10.2 million tons of food waste in 2018 (most of it generated from households) out of which 5 million tons was actually edible.

Besides being a moral subject, food waste is a huge environmental issue as well. The food waste and loss has a huge carbon footprint-3.3 billion tons of Co2 that is released into the air every year, according to the FAO. To put things in perspective, if food-waste were a country, it would be the third largest producer of greenhouse gases in the world, after China and the U.S.

“ If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest producer of greenhouse gases in the world, after China and the U.S.”

The water footprint number will dry your throat up as well. Globally, a year’s production of uneaten food guzzles as much water as the entire annual flow of the Volga, Europe’s most voluminous river. Growing the 133 billion pounds of food that retailers and consumers discard in the US alone annually slurps the equivalent of more than 70 times the amount of oil lost in the Gulf of Mexico’s Deepwater Horizon disaster, according to American Wasteland author Jonathan Bloom.

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Unfortunately, the millennial generation has quite a role to play in this. It was found that the Instagram loving generation loves to try out exotic recipes, wants varieties and food that look good; throwing away much of it in the process. At a consumption level, food waste can be traced to a variety of reasons- people in developed world have a higher disposable income which would mean food is cheaper and not valued as much. The ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ dates are an

important factor that adds to the food waste problem. Shockingly, it was found that a major reason for food waste is actually appearance. Massive amounts of fruits and vegetables are discarded simply because they are not aesthetic.

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Globally, the associated economic, environmental and social costs of this loss are around $1 trillion, $700 billion and $900 billion per year respectively. However, things have changed drastically in the past few months. The pandemic and lockdowns have ushered us into a new era and we’re still grappling with what’s happening in the world. This time food waste has taken on a new form. The pandemic has been disastrous for the big farms. Due to the lockdowns, they haven’t been able to supply their produce and farms are seeing mountains of vegetables and fruits rotting in their fields. Billions of dollars worth of food is going to waste as the shutdown of the food service industry has disrupted the supply chains all over the world. It’s ironic considering the fact that so many people are going hungry as unemployment levels soar globally. Food banks are seeing a surge of demand as people struggle to feed themselves in this uncertain situation.

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Thankfully, most food banks say they are full as more people are donating in to avoid wasting food

at a critical time. The supermarkets, too, are heavy on products. However, there seems to be a glaring gap between food that is being wasted and people starving for food. How does one get food to people who need it the most in an unprecedented time like this? This has revealed major cracks in the corporate focused food supply chain that favours profit over everything else. However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Unsurprisingly, the pandemic has triggered a wave of consciousness about food amongst consumers. 90% of British consumers polled in April said their shopping and cooking habits have changed since the lockdown. 57% of them said they value food more now since the restrictions with 43% enjoying it more. In the first weeks there was a lot of panic buying which did lead to quite a bit of food waste initially but with time there was a noticeable trend of people buying only what they need, ignoring the use by/best before labels and throwing away less food. Food is something we often take for granted but the lockdowns have made us appreciate it so much more. There is a sense of reconnecting with food. Families are eating together, young people are learning how to cook, planning meals and using leftovers.

The pandemic has given us a new perspective on life and reset our priorities. Currently, the basics (food, shelter and clothing) seem most important. Many people have majorly spent money only on food in the past few months. What if we continued to live like that? In a world where food is considered too precious to waste because it actually is precious. What if consumers were more conscious of their food habits and governments restructured their supply chain to preserve food better and make it reach the consumers more easily. What if all the food-waste was utilized to reduce emissions in the atmosphere through composting and generating fuel through biogas instead of adding to global warming? The pandemic has made us realize that ‘radical’ systems can be put in place over night for the health and safety of the people. Covid-19 may have created a lot more mouths to feed but going by our population growth rate, we will have approximately 9.8 billion people to feed by 2050. We need to be ready for now and for the future. However, it doesn’t end there; imagine the economic advantage we would have by doing something as simple as not wasting food. Hence, for the social, environmental and economical good, we need to desperately change the way we’re living life at an individual and a policy level, who’s with me?


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Written by Mark Avery Illustrated by Mike Dicks

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Let’s be honest,

how many of us looked at homeless people and empathised with their predicament? How many of us actually took time to understand why these guys were on the street and what could be done structurally and practically to eradicate homelessness and rough sleeping. I’m afraid the answer would be a very small percentage; we normally contented ourselves by chucking some change on a blanket or buying the occasional Big Issue. Some of us went further and raised money through sponsored sleep outs, manned soup kitchens or distributed food parcels but actually eradicating homelessness, no, we left that to others, we left that to politicians who largely faffed around making grand gestures which achieved little. Then everything changed, as the COVID-19 pandemic took

hold in the UK in March 2020 and the enormity of the results of widespread contagion became apparent, finally action, the catchy “Get Them In” policy was implemented; not from a sense of civic responsibility or for the welfare of rough sleepers, no, this was entirely self-serving. Scientific evidence pointed to a huge risk of contagion to the public through untraceable and untracked rough sleepers so they were magically whisked away into hostels, hotels and temporary accommodation with Government money made available to local authorities. Quite understandably there were problems with resource, practicalities and logistics but on the whole the policy worked and took the vast majority off the streets; it was a fantastic opportunity to assess needs, both physical and

mental, and to provide a path back to self-determination and selfsufficiency; unfortunately it’s not practicable to do this effectively until the pandemic has passed and support resource is available, fast forward to now. The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over but as new cases drop and areas of the economy are opening up you would think that now would be the time to address the issues of rough sleeping headon, to adequately assess individual needs and provide targeted support while you have the vast majority under care and control; think again! The current Government policy in England is to phase out funding of the initiative by introducing a new scheme with long term housing provided for the homeless; sounds


with 3,000 promised in the next 12 months. There are other shortterm support measures currently being provided such as £6m for homeless charities but ONLY 3,000 homes sometime in 2021 isn’t going to scratch the surface. After previously experiencing some of the highest rates of homelessness anywhere across the country, Brighton and Hove City Council have been proactive in accommodating those found on the streets in local hotels and B&B’s as part of the “Get them in” policy during lockdown at a cost of £3.9m. They are now being moved into Halls of Residence at Brighton University but this is quite clearly a temporary measure. Speaking to the Brighton Argus earlier this month a BHCC spokesperson commented “We have accommodation in place until

September, and are working hard to put in place personal housing plans for all rough sleepers we’re currently accommodating, so no-one will need to return to the streets”. At every point in recent history, construction has led us out of recession so it makes perfect economic and financial sense to commit to a huge increase in the construction of social housing and commercial conversions now with the asset retained for future generations: a feature of the current Government has been reactive sticking plasters and soundbites, let’s hope they can be persuaded to be more proactive and visionary when it comes to “levelling up” those experiencing homelessness.

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good? Well before we hang out the bunting let’s look at the detail. According the various homeless charities and local authority data up to 15,000 individuals were sleeping rough in the UK prior to the pandemic, of these about 50% remain housed in temporary accommodation with many drifting back onto the streets for a variety of reasons. Local initiatives and schemes are underway in some areas but already the opportunity to make systemic change is being lost. Of course, the problem with homelessness is not confined to rough sleepers with over 300,000 regarded as homeless across the UK in Q1 of 2020; this is likely to explode as COVID support packages for business and individuals are removed and the economy dives into recession. The Governments answer to date is an initiative to build 6,000 new homes

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For a city which has always had its finger on the cultural pulse, what does the future of Brighton & Hove look like now the stage is empty? Written by J Taylor Photography by Chloe Hashemi


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From the music hall days of Max Miller to the sounds of The Who smashing their kit at The Brighton Centre, or Fatboy Slim tearing dance music a new one on the pebbles for Big Beach Boutique and Kylie Minogue bringing the glitter to Brighton Pride last year, live entertainment runs deep in the city’s veins. “It’s what makes Brighton such a great city in my mind,” said Paul Musselwhite, Managing Director at Komedia Brighton commenting on why the future of venues offering diverse events is so important.

Currently over 400 Grassroots Music Venues in the UK are at imminent risk of being closed permanently and Brighton & Hove’s live entertainment industry has been dealt another devastating blow. With the cultural scene of the city and thousands of jobs at stake, it could be time to face the music!

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However, much like early Coldplay, everything’s not lost. Working with the Music Venue Trust (MVT) charity, as part of a nationwide #saveourvenues campaign, hundreds of Brighton & Hove premises have launched crowdfunding pages to support grassroots venues to counteract the impact of Covid-19 and lockdown. For Brighton’s most well-known comedy venue, Komedia, whose income streams have been reduced to zero since closing in March, the #SaveOurVenues campaign is helping keep its business afloat as the industry faces an uncertain future. “Every little helps,” explained Komedia’s Paul Musselwhite. “Plus the great thing about the fundraiser is that anything we raise above our target will be fed back into the national campaign to help venues just like us up and down the country.”

Andy Hillion, General Manager at The Brunswick, which has been hosting gigs, music nights and open mics in Hove since 2006, said: “The Covid-19 crisis has hit The Brunswick, and the rest of our industry, very hard. We all need our city’s venues to safely reopen – whether it’s our employees, our loyal customers or the hundreds of performers that grace our stages each month. If you’ve ever enjoyed a live gig or intend to enjoy one in the future, please donate whatever you can to the #SaveOurVenues fund.”

To continue pushing trends Brighton & Hove’s venues are supported by some of the hardest working promoters and events organisers in the country, such as Melting Vinyl and Lout Promotions. Despite Covid-19, leading local concert promoter One Inch Badge, which has brought fans the likes of The War on Drugs, Bonobo, Brian Wilson, Haim, Bastille, Wu-tang Clan, and many, many more over the years, is confident it’s not time for a curtain call on live events just yet.

For anyone used to moshing in crowds, dancing til 4am and having their trainers blackened by venue’s floors, the pandemic has literally disrupted the very nature of live entertainment but venues and artists are keeping the scene alive. Komedia has started streaming live comedy and children’s events via its Youtube channel and music is next. “Will there be a market for virtual paid gigs?” pondered Musselwhite. “We will have to wait and see but we are hopeful in the short term there will be and in the meantime, fans can donate via our crowdfunder or our own website.”

“We’ve been putting on live music for 13 years so to not be able to do what we’re so passionate about is a pretty hard pill to swallow,” admits Chris Lowe - One Inch Badge. “We remain optimistic live music will return sooner rather than later but in this down time we encourage all ticket holders to

Brighton’s gig and club culture has continually driven trends impacting the wider UK and global culture in a similar way to Berlin, Manchester or even Ibiza. For Yoko’s sake, this is the city which crowned Abba with their Eurovision win in 1974! Whether it’s Big Beat, Electronica, Chap-Hop or Riot Grrrl music scenes or club nights like SlipHam at the Hope & Ruin, which gave Rag’n’Bone Man his debut, or the fresh Gal Pals club night which set new standards for representation - this city is a trailblazer for live entertainment.

keep hold of tickets for postponed shows. Support local venues that need help via crowdfunders or continuing to purchase tickets, and also buy records from local record stores online if you cannot visit them. I’m convinced that there will still be a huge appetite for live music when restrictions are lifted & we cannot wait to be a huge part of its return, we’ve already got some pretty amazing show’s lined up for it. Stay Safe!” As with every venue, promoter, artist, musicians, bar staff, bar managers, sound engineer or cloakroom assistant across the city, the future all depends on No. 10 and whether their ‘impaired’ 2020 vision takes


“ We’ve been putting on live music for 13 years so to not be able to do what we’re so passionate about is a pretty hard pill to swallow” into account UK culture, and not just Barnard Castle. It’s not simply a case of what lockdown looks like and how future guidelines can be adhered to, it’s about how we as a city engage with venues and artists and culture from the struggling independents to the historical halls of old.

To ensure the music continues to play in Brighton & Hove and across the UK, follow the #saveourvenues hashtag and check out your favourite venue’s social media page to see their own crowdfunding campaigns.

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As well as the venues and promoters themselves, artists across the city have been hit hard. Local musician and DJ, Abiola Otusanya aka GiwHa, has been making music for over a decade as well as developing other musicians via his Giwa Music label in the city. Since being furloughed, GiwHa has been been busy online

promoting his new single ‘Florasia’ and helping local businesses better promote themselves via social media as he sees a move to digital, at least for the time being, as inevitable. “I worry a lot of venues might not come back and my work as a live musician might dry up,” he explained. “At the moment I’m developing other ways to be creative and to still be a musician during lockdown, if it has to go online then so be it. I’m concerned as a lot of what I do is connecting with people when I perform, so I don’t know how it will work without audiences, but I’m not going to stop what I’m doing!”

GiwHa is adapting to the current situation but, like One Inch Badge, he is hopeful for the future of Brighton events. “I’m sure that something fresh and exciting will blossom out of this as we’ve seen happen before in this city. There’s a lot of creative people down here and we’re all in the same boat so I know we won’t let the scene die without a fight. The beat goes on!”


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Written by Mark Avery Illustrated by Netspringworld & LibbyWells OK, spoiler alert, the majority of this piece ain’t pretty, it’s not dressed up or diluted with bullshit, we at KulaMag believe in you to make the right choices if you’re given the facts. If everyone had been told the consequences of our rabid exploitation of natural resource and habitat at the outset only the clinically insane would have agreed to it. Pandemics, flood, famine, water scarcity, rising sea levels and unsustainable food production practises are a direct result of global economic policies that have left us up shit creek with no paddles and a puncture in the inflatable, but we’re not done, it’s not too late for everyone to put their hands in the water and paddle us towards a new brighter, and more sustainable future. Small incremental changes to lifestyle reduces impact and cumulatively makes a huge difference, each voice that then encourages others to do the same can become deafening until we can’t be ignored by Governments or their leaders. That’s the goal and it’s an obvious one if we continue to be better informed and make factbased decisions. As the world continues to come to terms with the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequences of it, some countries are starting to lift restrictions with varying degrees of success. China is battling to avoid a second wave following easing of lockdown measures, Germany has seen a big jump in transmission rates while parts of Europe is trying

to open up to international travellers and the huge tourism boost that will bring, unfortunately many of these decisions seem to be led by economic and financial pressure not public health considerations. A big fat turd was thrown into those crystal-clear blue waters with the announcement that virus free New Zealand had recorded two new cases, both imported from the UK! No doubt other countries around the world, and particularly, European destinations will be looking at the still high rates of infection and daily deaths in the UK with some trepidation. Whether this results in extended travel restrictions or not, the current UK Government advice to avoid international travel for all but essential reasons renders flying off to Spain or Italy problematic as travel insurance may be invalid. The big club events and festivals synonymous with summer have been cancelled with some optimistic bars and venues attempting to provide some sort of holiday experience for those venturing out. The UK Government would have us believe that they have the virus under control as they lift restrictions and encourage us back to work, shop and schools; unfortunately, their COVID record to date doesn’t inspire any confidence, nobody has yet got to grips with the long term effects of this virus so caution is still being advised by scientists and clinicians alike. What is becoming clearer is there is unlikely to be any return to

“normal” anytime soon, if ever, with fundamental changes across the globe in the ways we live, work and interact with each other. Whatever the “new normal” is unclear until we have clarity from the scientists and medical experts so in the meantime let’s not waste time guessing. Scientific and clinical advice seems to have been dropped by politicians in favour of economic considerations with confusing and contradictory advice given almost daily. Faced with an ever-changing panacea many are ignoring the guidelines, especially if they see the “elite” or others in power doing whatever they please. We had the chief advisor to the Prime Minister breaking lockdown rules, then being supported by crony politicians, so it’s little wonder that at points individuals have said “fuck it” and broken the lockdown or the distancing rules, particularly when they felt the reason justified the risk. This started with street parties and gatherings commemorating VE Day but really came to the fore after the horrific death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, thousands were moved around the world to demonstrate their support for the Black Lives Matter movement and protest against systemic racism. Hopefully each one of these protestors weighed up the risks against the reward of breaking social distancing rules for such a worthy cause but would they have taken to the streets in the numbers


individuals and collectively will need to adapt our behaviours and interactions with each other for the foreseeable future but there has been some pluses to the pandemic. A focus on family, local community and increase in empathy but also in the environment with improved air and water quality and increase in wildlife coupled with a slower pace to life, more time to think and increase in contentment. In addition to nearly 60,000 excess deaths during the pandemic (ONS figures June 16 2020) , the UK has experienced 600,000 people being made unemployed with this number set to increase to over 3 million as furlough and business support ends in the autumn. This will hit hospitality particularly hard with huge uncertainty still remaining over safe conditions to operate social distancing within and the impact of reduced capacity and demand. Festivals, gigs, events and spectator sports will continue to have huge challenges ahead, with young people particularly disenfranchised by missing out. Faced with these financial and social pressures here will a temptation to try to return to a familiar normality, whether that’s packed into Glastonbury, Ocean Beach, Wimbledon or Anfield, people will crave camaraderie, atmosphere and sheer pleasure of these events but until there’s an effective vaccine the chances of any of these in any recognisable format remain very slim. Already we’ve seen a number of illegal raves springing up and frustration with the situation will only grow, the clamour from populist politicians to open up along with low risk groups such as the young will become deafening. So let’s look at the probable outcome; as the summer fades, infection rates will rise, local lockdown measures will be implemented in individual schools or hospitals or businesses, high risk

groups such as the old, infirm, those with pre-existing conditions and some BAME will be asked to selfisolate and before we know it we have a segregated society. Populist leaders will seize on this producing policy which plays well with the mobile majority, thus ensuring their survival in power with their traditional voter base in older, more conservative support left behind. This isn’t some sci-fi dystopian future, it’s actually been underway since the beginning of the pandemic, packaged as “shielding”. Now more is known about the groups at most risk it could only be a matter of time before a huge section of society could be segregated to allow the rest to thrive. At times of economic hardship in the past one of the first casualties has been the environment and this will be no different, add in the further economic hit of an increasingly pointless Brexit and the U.K economy is set to see the worst contraction in Europe, the UK Government are already looking to dilute environmental legislation, relax food and labelling controls along with animal welfare. During these unprecedented times it is vital that we have access to facts and make decisions based on these facts, not populist policies. COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on people around the world but pales into insignificance when weighed against the twin evils of social and racial injustice and climate change which have the potential to kill millions and destroy the habitat we rely on. Here at Kula we will be working to provide clear facts and opinion from experts on local and global issues to enable clear decision making, we will be highlighting the good and the bad and encouraging change to the latter but above all we will be striving to create a community of people who care, care about others, care about the planet and care about the legacy we will be passing on to future generations. Charles Swindoll wrote; “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% of how we react to it”, however we react to the challenges ahead, let’s make sure the choices are informed ones.

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seen in the UK if they had been in receipt of the facts about COVID-19 and its disproportionate effect on the BAME communities. A leaked Public Health England report which was initially suppressed by Government stated, “stakeholders pointed to racism and discrimination experienced by BAME key workers as a root cause affecting health, and exposure risk and the disease progression risk”. It went on to report that BAME communities were disproportionately at risk of serious illness and death from exposure to COVID-19 than other groups. With the fallout from the USA around racism and discrimination breaking around the world, it’s clear that the metrics of a report citing systemic and institutional racism in the UK would not look good so politicians did what they always do, they buried it for as long as possible. The question is: would the publication of this report have altered the behaviours of the guys who marched one way or the other? On the one hand the report highlighted the dangers to BAME communities of everyone not adhering to COVID rules such as social distancing, on the other it clearly showed that systemic racism isn’t confined to US law enforcement, it is embedded in British society and institutions. We’ll never know if either of these factors would have made a difference to numbers or the anger felt by demonstrators but what it does show is factual information is key to individuals making reasoned decisions. Facts really do matter and when clear information is being suppressed or diluted it becomes impossible to make reasoned individual judgements when people’s lives literally depend on it. The pandemic has been a wakeup call to everyone, half a million people globally have died as a direct result of the virus and that number is still rising, we as

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As a passionate eco-advocate, I am keen to use my voice for good and to show how every one of us can do their part towards a more sustainable and ecofriendly way of living. Since I started The Sunshine Eatery it has grown from simply being about delicious and nutritious food to becoming more focused on leading an overall healthy and sustainable lifestyle, inside the kitchen and out, from zero-waste shopping to fair fashion. During these unprecedented times of staying home there have been new struggles, whether that’s food, makeovers, or the strange feeling of being excited about finding toilet paper! However, I encountered more daily issues like being unable to find staple ingredients, keeping food varied and interesting, staying on top of what’s in the fridge, and struggling to avoid singleuse plastic at local shops.

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The Sunshine Eatery’s five tips to help reduce waste and to make the most of what you already own:


BULK IS BEAUTIFUL We all have a tin of beans or halffull pack of rice sitting in the back of our cupboard, right? Trust me these can be transformed into filling, nourishing meals. Best of all they don’t go off and are also surprisingly cheap! Here are just a few ideas of how bulk foods and non perishables can be your best friends: — Chickpeas: Hummus, Falafels, vegan “tuna” sandwich, baked until crispy as salad topping — Black or pinto beans: Mexican salad with tomatoes, coriander, red onion, corn and jalapeno — Rice: Coconut rice pudding with mango — Dried lentils: Why not try my red lentil curry (see recipe)

GET CREATIVE We all know how difficult it is to make just enough food at once without leaving any leftovers. But they can actually be turned into entirely new meals – with even less prep! Use your leftover rice to make fried-rice; leftover beans to make burger patties; old veg can easily be turned into delicious rice noodle Stir-Fry (see recipe); overripe fruit can be frozen and used in smoothies; black and spotty bananas can be transformed into Banana bread (see recipe). There are a million ways of creating new meals by using leftovers!

SHOP LOCAL, BUCK PLASTIC Quarantine has put immense economical stress on small businesses, which is why I try to shop almost exclusively at local fruit & veg shops. Not only are you supporting the owners to sustain their businesses but it’s actually a great way to limit the use of plastic as most produce comes unpackaged at these stalls. Make sure to bring your tote and a few cotton or paper bags when you go.

SCRAPS = SCRUMPTIOUS Did you know that you can regrow certain vegetables simply by placing them into a jar with water? Scallions, pak choi, lettuce, celery, you name it. By soaking the ends of these veggies in water, the vegetables start to grow new roots and leaves! Another great and quite ancient way of preserving vegetables is fermenting. All you need is salt and time. Simply slice your cabbage or vegetable of choice, massage with salt until the vegetables release their juices and soften. Pack tightly in a jar, pushing the air bubbles out occasionally as it ferments on your kitchen counter and voila - delicious kimchi or sauerkraut which are natural probiotics, so great for your gut as well. Additionally, rather than throw away cauliflower fronds, broccoli stalks, or other leaves, always use the entire vegetable. You can blitz herb stems to make pesto or hummus and the stalks of kale, broccoli, etc. can be blended up into a soup. In doubt, always make soup out of your veggie scraps!

LEFTOVER MAKEOVERS Since the start of lockdown it seems everyone has turned to baking, which inevitably led to a shortage of flour across the entire country. But whether you can’t find the ingredient you’re looking for in store or you don’t want to wait in line just to pick up one item, there’s many ways of substituting ingredients.

Maybe add some peanut butter into your pancake batter next time instead of coconut oil? Try my tahini & jam granola (see recipe), which uses tahini for a boost of healthy fats, zinc and calcium, and the remains of your half-eaten jam jar for sweetness.

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— Make oat flour by blitzing up regular oats in a blender or food processor. They’re also naturally gluten-free and can be used as an egg substitute.Use nut or seed butter instead of oil. By using nut butter or tahini, you get the fiber, protein and micronutrients, while still having enough fat to give your baking its moisture and great taste.

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“ I come from a culture where coffee & cake breaks are part of your daily ritual. However, I wanted a healthier alternative that is free from refined white sugar and flour but still feel as scrumptious, which is how this cholate chip banana bread was born. I've made this banana bread countless times and it's my most loved recipe by colleagues and friends.�


INGREDIENTS: 2 cups of gluten-free flour or wholemeal flour 1/2 cup of ground almonds 2 very ripe bananas, mashed 1 cup of plantbased milk 1 pinch of salt 1 tsp of cinnamon 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 cup of chopped dates 30g of dark chocolate (approx. 1/3 of a bar) 1-2 tbsp of coconut sugar(optional)

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 175*C/350*F. Add all ingredients into a large bowl and mix until the batter is smooth. Grease your baking dish with some oil or line the dish with some parchment paper. Add your batter to the baking dish, add more chocolate chips, walnut bits or a sliced banana to garnish.

Remove the banana bread from the baking tin and leave to cool on a cooling Xrack for 20-30 minutes. Slice & enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea.

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Bake for approximately 45 min. Make sure you use a toothpick to check if the banana bread is fully cooked. If the toothpick comes out clean, remove the banana bread from the oven.

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“ I would make this curry back in my university days on repeat as the ingredients were all items I could keep in my freezer and cupboard. It’s also incredibly budget-friendly (2-3 euro!), feeds two and is incredibly quick to make!”


INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup of red lentils 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp curry powder 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 1 tbsp garam masala 1.5 cups of chopped tomatoes 1 cup of water Fatty part of 1 can of coconut milk 1 tsp salt Soy sauce to taste 1 bunch of greens (for example kale, spinach or collard greens) Chopped tomatoes Sesame seeds, soy yogurt(optional)

DIRECTIONS: Add lentils, spices, tomatoes, coconut milk and water to a pot. Let simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. After 10 minutes, add your chopped greens. Simmer until the curry has reached its desired thickness.

Serve with sesame seeds, soy yogurt and flatbreads.

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“ If you know me then you know how much I love asian food. From vietnamese over korean food to my home cuisine, chinese food, asian food always seem to hit the spot. This recipe is incredibly adaptable to whatever veg you have at home and can be spiced up with lots of chili, ginger and garlic, or left simple with a bit of soy sauce.�


INGREDIENTS 1/2 pack of wide rice noodles 1/2 block of firm tofu Any fresh or frozen veg, such as bell pepper, zucchini, broccoli, bean sprouts, carrots etc. 1 medium onion 1 thumb-size piece of ginger 1 clove of garlic Soy sauce, chili flakes & lime juice - to taste

DIRECTIONS: Boil some water in your kettle and pour over the dry rice noodles. Cover and leave to sit for approx. 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. In the meantime, prep your veggies by washing and slicing into strips. Finely chop your garlic and ginger.

Add your vegetables to the pan and stirfry until close to being fully cooked. Drain your rice noodles and add to your pan. Season with soy sauce, chili flakes and lime juice to taste.

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Heat a little bit of oil in a large pan or wok and fry off your onions, garlic and ginger until translucent and fragrant. Add your tofu and pan-fry until lightly browned and crispy on both sides.

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I confess: I'm a real granola addict. I eat it on my smoothie bowls, with some soy yogurt, simply with milk or even just straight from the jar like popcorn. And I measure my love for granola by the size of its clusters. This tahini & jam granola will for sure tick all the boxes on crunchy, clustery goodness and also make use of some ingredients you might already have on hand.


INGREDIENTS: 2 cups of rolled oats or porridge oats (you can also use 1 cup of buckwheat groats and 1 cup oats), a handful of nuts or seeds, roughly chopped, 1/3 cup of runny tahini, 1/3 cup of jam (I like apricot jam), 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, generous pinch of salt, 1 handful of dried fruit such as raisins, dates or apricots (optional)

DIRECTIONS: Preheat your oven to 175 degrees C. Mix all ingredients except for the dried fruit in a large mixing bowl, making sure that all of the oats are coated with jam and tahini and the mix isn’t dry.

Mix in your dried fruit for some natural sweetness once cooled and transfer your granola to an airtight container.

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Transfer the granola to a large baking sheet and spread the granola out. Bake for approx. 30-35 minutes and stir after 15 minutes (and as needed afterwards) so the top doesn’t burn. Once the entire granola has turned golden brown and is getting dry and crispy, remove from the oven and leave to cool. The granola will turn crunchier as it dries.

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