HAZEL HEALY for the New Internationalist Co-operative newint.org



My nine-year-old son, Laurie, looked up at me from the sofa the other day. ‘I know!’ he said, apropos of nothing. ‘What if we found something to put into cars that didn’t make the world too hot?’ I’d been talking to him about climate change while working on this magazine; he tends to absorb things quietly and it’s only later you realize that he’s been working them through.

I felt slightly embarrassed or ashamed – it’s hard to place the emotion exactly – as I answered, crushing his light-bulb moment: ‘Well, the thing is, we already know how to make cars run on clean energy. In fact there’s a way to do almost everything we do now using clean energy. We are, um, just not doing it.’

It’s like the good news and the bad news, all rolled into one.  So many of the solutions that can limit climate breakdown are staring us right in the face, but we will need to mobilize like never before to put them into action. In this issue we don’t linger on apocalyptic predictions but instead look closely at how to wean the industrialized world off dirty energy and meet the people and movements fighting to make that happen – farmers, scientists, striking schoolchildren and others.

Elsewhere in this edition we feature a photo-essay that explores the expectations and challenges for young South African people, 25 years after Mandela’s ‘rainbow nation’ came into being. And we speak to KurdishIranian author Behrouz Boochani, who wrote an awardwinning book using WhatsApp while detained in Manus Island detention centre.


Rahmat Alizadah is based in Kabul and works as Chief Photographer for Xinhua News Agency, specializing in ‘showing beauty from wartorn countries’.

Husna Rizvi is a journalist from London who currently works on New Internationalist’s editorial team.

Sam Adler-Bell is a writer in New York City. His reporting on surveillance and economic justice has appeared in The Nation, The Intercept, The New Republic and Commonweal.

Ilvy Njiokiktjien is an award-winning photographer and multimedia journalist. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Der Spiegel and Telegraph Magazine.

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