As I’m sure is the case for everyone reading this, a lot has changed at New Internationalist over a very short span of time. We are all now working at home, some of us with young children also at home full time or trying to support those around us on the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Like so many businesses, the pandemic has hit New Internationalist hard financially. We are giving it all we’ve got to come out the other side of this and keep delivering socially responsible journalism.
In February we started a new project as part of the Nesta Future News Fund. Working with On Our Radar, who major on surfacing unheard stories, we held two community journalism workshops with clean air campaigners in Newcastle. The second had to be held remotely and tips on doing interviews with people on the street became tips for doing community journalism in a time of social distancing. The participants have been collecting stories on experiences of air pollution in their community, some of which can be read in ‘I don’t want to live like this’.
Nearly every article in this magazine was written before Covid-19 became a global pandemic. As one global health emergency unfolded, I had become obsessed with another one – air pollution. The more I read, the more the threat loomed large. How much impact has living near main roads had on my health? How much did it have to do with my father’s stroke or his siblings’ dementia?
Elsewhere in the magazine, Jelena Prtorić writes about the troubling permissiveness towards the hard right in Croatia, Maaza Mengiste talks to Subi Shah about the women who fought Mussolini in Ethiopia and Neil Vallelly analyses why the state keeps passing the buck to the individual.
Amy Hall for the New Internationalist co-operative.