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Editorial

In these crises, we’re repeatedly seeing the power of community

Wow, what a time we find ourselves in. Now more than ever it is feeling like the world is in crisis. From recent flooding, to war, to the pandemic and just the general effects of global warming and climate change. It feels like we are reaching a tipping point.

But in the grips of all these crises we’re repeatedly seeing the power of community and how the support and generosity of everyday people to their fellow humans is what is making a difference.

Don’t get me wrong, we need governments to create change on a large scale, but it is at the community level that the most immediate effects are being felt.

In the recent floods, it wasn’t the governments and emergency services that made the biggest impact on saving those stranded on rooftops, it was individuals with boats who went and out and tirelessly saved people one by one from rising floodwater, often with only minutes to spare.

As we mention in our Harvest High feature on page 64, in Brisbane it was a local backyard grower who was able to add fresh produce to shelves of her local corner store after flooding caused her suburb to become cut off as an island. In Europe, it was the Polish families taking in the Ukranian refugees and providing them with shelter, when they arrived lost and with nothing.

And going forward we are going to need more of these community connections and grassroots initiatives to create resilient communities. We need communities where we are able to be self-supporting in uncertain times, we need to have food in our gardens, our neighbours’ gardens and community gardens and we need to be supporting our local growers and producers so when costs of transport goes up the cost of food doesn’t necessarily go up with it.

With the cost of living creeping up, the more we can grow, produce or acquire locally the better, and the more protected we’ll be from the rising costs. The more we can take a step outside and not only have our gardens as

pantries but also have them as a place of solace, a place to quieten our mind and find peace in small things like having our hands in the dirt and food in the ground.

I hope Pip can help you find ideas and inspiration to connect with community and learn some skills to enable you to feel more resilient in the face of uncertainty. Our hearts go out to all those who are suffering right now.

Robyn

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