Despite the COVID-19 crisis and lockdown restricting opportunities for distribution, we’re coming towards the end of the run of Alternative Estuary ‘zines we had printed at the start of the year. We’re going to take the plunge and get a new one written, laid out and printed by the latter part of this autumn.
The one thing this crisis has taught us is that you cannot rely on the authorities to get things done. To get through this, we need mutual aid and solidarity. What the crisis has also shown is the fragility of our food supply chain with just a slight rise in demand for some lines leading to empty shelves. That is one reason why an increasing number of people are starting to grow as much of their own food as they can. The grassroots Crops NOT Shops – Dig For VICTORY!! project has done a lot this year in helping people to achieve this. They will definitely be getting featured in the new ‘zine:)
The ‘zine will be A5 in size and run to eight pages. It will be printed in one colour (black) using the environmentally friendly risograph process. There’s a fair bit of room there to fill. If you run a grassroots community project that aims to starting building the new world we want in the shell of the old, we would love it if you could write a couple of hundred words about what you’re doing. We’ll do whatever tidying up and tweaking is necessary at the editorial stage.
Lastly, we’re opening up Alternative Estuary to projects along the Kent shore of the Thames estuary. Roughly, that runs from Dartford in the west down to Whitstable (and possibly beyond) in the east. So if you’re running a project in that area, we’d love to hear from you:)