10 things we learned while making the new issue of FFA

10 things we learned during the making of the new issue Positive News – Positive News

Did you know that Indigenous peoples use GPS to fight deforestation and Michelin-starred chefs microwave mash, and that solving homelessness can be easier than you think? We didn’t either until we created the new issue

Did you know that Indigenous peoples use GPS to fight deforestation and Michelin-starred chefs microwave mash, and that it is much easier than you think to solve homelessness? We didn’t either until we created the new issue

1. Michelin-starred chefs make mash for the microwave

You don’t have to boil your tatties for hours on a hob. It will only waste gas and time. The best way to do this is to microwave them. David Chang (pictured), a double Michelin-starred chef and author, shares his incredible mashed potato recipe (which uses an entire pint worth of cream) in our feature about why microwaves are thriving in these times of economic crisis.

Image: Horatio Baltz

2. Actor Mark Rylance has experienced a decade of therapy that was transformative for him 

Our cover star Mark Rylance opened up about how a decade of Jungian therapy helped him “to change my life”. The long-time Positive News subscriber may be an Oscar-winner and widely regarded as the best actor of his generation, but he admits that despite his success he’s “a very sensitive person”, who began his therapeutic journey because he wanted “to not be so destructive with my life”.

Image: Pål Hansen

3. A GPS mapping tool saved half-a-million acres of rainforest from being drilled for oil.

How does someone from one of the world’s most recently contacted peoples – the hunter gatherer Waorani tribe in Ecuador – fight back against global oil companies drilling in ancestral territory? Nemonte Nenquimo (main picture), the young woman that successfully protected 500,000 acres primary rainforest using GPS technology can tell you. She’s one of the Indigenous people winning huge victories for the planet who we profiled in the new issue.

Image by Vlad Hilitanu 

4. Lily Cole dreams to be a florist.

The supermodel turned Cambridge graduate turned activist, writer, filmmaker and tech entrepreneur isn’t done yet. She’s had more career changes than you’ve had hot dinners, and there’s more still to come. As she describes what life has taught her so far in our Life Lessons column – from silencing her inner critic to learning to love being a “magical” redhead – she admits that what she dreams of becoming now is a flower grower and florist.

Image: Patricia Imbarus

5. How to buy a large moorland from the duke 

A group of passionate Scots gather together, add a dream of rewilding at scale, along with a generous amount of cash raised last-minute from environmental organizations such as the RSPB. We get the behind-the-scenes story on the birth of Scotland’s new Tarras Valley Nature Reserve – an exciting example of what one small community can do, given the chance.

Martin Wright 

6. Solving homelessness may be simpler than you think

It’s long been considered an inevitable tragedy of urban life, but cities across the world are using a simple policy to drastically slash the number of people sleeping rough. Now the quietly revolutionary approach is being piloted in cities across Britain – we spoke to those who finally have a bed to call their own.

Illustration: Nathalie Leyes

7. A disruptive startup has emerged in the private wealth industry

Establishing a wealth cap, giving away chunks of cash and renouncing your ISA isn’t the sort of advice you’ll find most financial advisors dishing out. Stephanie Brobbey (pictured), founder, of a radical wealth advisory firm that supports the superrich to redistribute its wealth to create a more equitable world for all, was our guest.

Image: Samer Moukarze

8. How to embrace your inner crone

Far from being a time to melt quietly into the background, the years post-menopause should be when women are able to live in a manner “more aligned with our passions and longings”, according to ecofeminist author Sharon Blackie (pictured). In an interview with Lucy Jones, a nature writer, she describes the beauty and power that the menopause can bring to life.

Image by Mark Griffths

9. Iraqis are now planting palm trees

Iraq once led the world in date production, but it lost 30m trees to war – with Iran in the 1980s, and the US-led invasion in 2003.  We hear from the man whose ‘adopt-a-date’ initiative is nurturing abandoned palms across the country, returning them once again to abundant harvests, with sponsors receiving a share of the profits.

Image: Nakhla 

10. Britain’s wildest ponies live 3,000ft up a Welsh mountain

Wales’ Carneddau plateau, the highest contiguous area of ground in England and Wales with seven peaks about 3,000ft, has been home to a 220-strong herd of ponies since the Iron Age. Left entirely to their own devices over the centuries, they’re now of scientific interest due to their status as a genetically distinct ancient breed. We spoke with the farmer whose family has been protecting them over the centuries.

Image: Jim Tan
Main image: Goldman Environmental Prize

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New issue available now

From our revealing interview with Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance, to features on wealth redistribution and rewilding: discover all the good news that matters, with the October–December issue of Positive News magazine.