The Big Issue #283
- 20 February – 19 March 2020
Author, screenwriter and television producer George R. R. Martin once said, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” When Taryn Lock and her husband Athol Williams founded Read to Rise, a non-profit organisation (NPO) that promotes youth literacy in under-resourced communities, it was to see the broader society being able to live multiple lives through reading.
When Thabo Dube lost his leg in an accident, permanently shattered. But creativity kicked in and he began telling his story through the manufacture of leather bags. Thabo’s brand LETZ stands for ‘Live every day till Z’. He tells me it is a personal mantra that has comforted him throughout a long physical and mental journey. It is his reminder to fully embrace each day, right up until the last second.
World Pangolin Day, which was on 15 February, marked an important date in celebrating an enigmatic mammal species that is on the verge of becoming extinct. We find out why.
It is estimated that the African pangolin has existed for over 40 million years. Yet as you are reading this, you may be asking yourself: “But what is a pangolin?” Many people have never heard of them – let alone seen one in real life. Sadly, this enigmatic species could become extinct before most people even realise they exist, due to a slew of factors threatening their survival.
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More from this Issue:
- Agents of Change
- City Life