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The People Leading The Policymakers

On every continent people are the driving force when confronting and addressing climate change. From agriculture to recycling to new energy or transportation alternatives, it’s civilians in the cities, villages, islands and fields who are leading the way. This is a growing, vocal movement of men, women and children from all walks of life, some at the physical frontline of the impact of rapid and devastating climate change, others armed with a growing mountain of evidence of the effect, today or tomorrow, of these changes.  These people are showing policymakers the way forward. They are achieving remarkable results, in spite of outdated rules, regulations and vested interests. We need to share their voices, build on their work and intensify our efforts if we want to seriously tackle climate change and the depletion of nature – helping to create a world where our children and grandchildren can live and breathe.

Climate change is the most pressing and truly global issue that is affecting every living creature on the planet. There are still a few deniers around, but the massive and overwhelming scientific evidence, across multiple disciplines, has established beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is a phenomenon that has been drastically accelerated by humans.

At 5 we want to spotlight those at the forefront of the climate movement: the fearless pioneers who tirelessly work to change our thoughts, behaviours and public policies. In doing so, they lead the politicians, persuading and forcing them to follow suit and create a supportive environment to help these initiatives succeed. This is about our very survival, no matter where we stand or how we live. Nature is calling: we need to listen.

Here is a selection of stories that cast a light on the topic of climate change and the possibility – the necessity – of a sustainable planet.

ARTICLE

In the hunt for profit, don’t forget people

Farmers in the mountains of Ecuador are taking their products to global markets, thanks to support from impact investors. We met the people proving that profit doesn’t have to come before people and planet – you can have all three.

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ARTICLE

Off the grid: Meet the people leaving modern life behind

Meet the off-gridders leaving everything behind (and not missing it)

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Gallery

Plastic Ocean

The beautiful but disturbing creations of artist Thirza Schaap.

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ARTICLE

The urban gardeners of Berlin

The plant-loving city folk cultivating a verdant revolution.

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Gallery

Seeds of Resistance

See why documentary photographer Pablo Albarenga was named Photographer of the Year in the Sony World Photography Awards.

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Curated

Never underestimate the intelligence of trees

Who would have thought? There is so much more to plants and trees than meets the eye.

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ARTICLE

Saving the waves

Two startups taking action against ocean plastic in very different ways.

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ARTICLE

The great crisis clash

From the corona pandemic to racial inequality and the climate crisis – what lesson can we learn?

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ARTICLE

Paris’s greenest ever mayor just got greener

When it comes to creating an eco-metropolis, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo is a leading example.

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ARTICLE

A modern hunter-gatherer

How one woman quit her office job to start sourcing her own food.

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Curated

The road less traveled to fusion energy

Find out all about the possible new replacement for fossil fuels.

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Gallery

Anthropocene

See the incredible impact we are having on the planet in a series of evocative images.

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