Ellen Waters

This poem explores the apathetic attitude towards the climate crisis and the ease with which it can be overlooked in favour of less disagreeable and daunting topics. It seeks to highlight the way in which people become spectators, feeling horror at the state of things whilst at the same time maintaining a detachment which prevents genuine progress from taking place. Ultimately, the piece shows how the imminence of this threat facing the younger generation can also work as a powerful motivator that stirs people to take action.

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wasted generation 19/03

Antonia Langford

This poem is based on collective sentiments experienced by youth climate activists I encountered through the Fridays for Future demonstrations. It explores the recent intergenerational lens that has been applied to narratives about the environment and our duty/responsibility towards it. Originally a spoken word piece, it leans on the rhythmic and aural tropes of activist chants and anthems, seeking to connect to audiences on a visceral as well as linguistic level.

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The US-Mexico Border ‘Crisis’: what is (and is not) a solution

Soundarya Balasubramani

The crux of the issue is the biased lens through which we’re coerced into looking at the numbers. Among the largest OECD economies, the perceived proportion of migrants is usually around twice that of the actual proportion of migrants in the population as a whole. The intense fixation by political parties on the issue of migration has more to do with political agendas than economic underpinnings. The divisive nature of many political parties on this issue has shifted the focus away from the issue itself to a back-and-forth filibuster match. 

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Count to Two: A Photo Essay

Hailey Sadler

This essay focuses on individual portraiture of a generation born amidst this intricate, ever-changing, socio-political environment - an environment our generation is currently attempting to navigate. It is important to note, however, that these children are not ​‘faces of the refugee crisis’. These children are just ​children​. Tiny, individual ​humans, caught up through no fault of their own, in a complex reality of a world in flux.  

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Stripping Back the Myths

Saskia Hagelberg

“Disappointing my dad, but not yours”.

“No bad whores, just bad laws”.

These were the slogans I chose to chant on the streets of central London during the 2019 sex workers strike. Sex workers marched to reclaim the narratives about sex work that currently portray everyone in the industry as exploited and oppressed victims. We marched to challenge racist, sexist laws criminalising sex workers. We marched to demand recognition, rights, and respect. The strike highlighted how we will no longer allow people who do not understand our work and who do not represent us or our interests to silence and speak over us…

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People of the Omo Valley

Trevor Cole

His photography focuses predominantly on culture and landscapes; images which reflect a spatial and temporal journey through life, and which try to convey a need to live in a more sustainable world. He seeks the moment and the light in whatever context he finds himself and endeavours to use his photographic acumen to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.

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The Politics of Naming Refugees

Marta Santiváñez

My mother used to warn me that it didn’t matter what I say, but that I ought to always be careful of what I wrote, for writing stays. In research, as in reporting, I come across questions of terminology on a regular basis, and the choices I make when naming carry political significance. Words are not value-free; they fix narratives into consciousness, and consciousness into prejudice.

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The Opposite of Loneliness

Tess Lockney

Tess Lockey is an artist and illustrator from the Philippines. Her work - sometimes introspective, sometimes conceptual - aims to translate matters of the heart into whimsical designs of colour and shape. She is currently based somewhere in the USA.

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Disability, Human Rights, and Health: An Examination of Challenges in Achieving the Right to Health

Simon Drees and Rebecca Forman

The UNCRPD specifically mentions the right to health without discrimination on the basis of disability, as well as the need for states to ensure access to health services and rehabilitation for disabled persons. One key goal in ensuring good health and wellbeing is Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Fundamentally, it is about who can access services (population coverage), what is covered (service coverage), and how this healthcare is financed (financial coverage). While some states have achieved UHC, significant inequities within those systems often remain, which led to particular injustices for persons with disabilities.

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