One way to to get a sense of Wend magazine might be to imagine it as the love child spawn by a wild night of passion between Outside magazine and TreeHugger. It's a joyous celebration of being out there amongst the wind, rain and sun, whilst understanding that revelling in the great outdoors has its own environmental impact.
The May issue of Wend magazine has just been released, and as expected its pages and pixels are awash with intriguing feature articles and literary flotsam and jetsam. Take for example the new column Wendex, which gathers together numbers, strange and true: Ritchey Bicycles, who scored an Honourable Mention in one of our folding bike round-ups, plan to deliver 500,000 bicycles to farmers through its Project Rwanda. Or how plastic bags make up 10% of all debris washed up on the US Coastline.
Did you you know wave energy schemes have the potential to attract sharks, or that Mongolian soup is best eaten with a knife? As a Wend reader such knowledge could be yours.There is a piece about veteran polar adventurer, Will Steger, whom TreeHugger interviewed a while back. He's so concerned about climate change he is assisting a youth delegation to take an urgent message to the United Nations Climate Change Confidence in Copenhagen later this year, via his Will Steger Foundation. "We need a very large, galvanized voice for global warming that's unified." said Will. "The younger generation is more apt to organize, social network and commit themselves to projects(rather) than just making money."
Will believes that if our carbon emissions go on they are for another decade we're going to lose control. But he cautions about giving into fear. "Theres is no reason that we have to be afraid of something like this. The solution lies in us getting engaged around it."
In the Greenery section you'll find an examination of footwear, what makes it un-eco:- over half the leather tanned around the world is used for shoe-making, with problems directly related to the use of pollutants like formaldehyde and chromium. Global footwear consumption has doubled every twenty years. In 2005 19 billion pairs of shoes were produced. Many use EVA cushioning which could take up to 1,000 years to simply degrade. But the article also points out the companies who are implementing green innovation to footwear.
Platform is space for activists to air their thoughts and F.K. Day, President of the World Bicycle Relief project takes about how in working with World Vision they've been able to provide 50,000 bikes to Sri Lanka and Zambia. Plus over 450 local mechanics have been trained in bike maintenance and entrepreneurial skills.
With "Thirty-seven percent of the world's population lives within 60 miles of a coastline" Wend feels that this provides "a strong local demand for wave energy." So they investigated the many sides of this neglected cousin to wind and solar energy. And discovered that energy in water is approximately 1,000 times denser than wind, and furthermore it is claimed that about seven buoys are needed to create about 1 megawatt (MW) of power, which is roughly enough to power 400 first world homes. But with only 4 MW of currently installed capacity of wave power there is little research available. Including what will be the effect of having powerful electro-magnetic fields so close to beaches, especially if sharks are attracted to such fields as part of their predatory nature?
Journeys into Mongolia and Nagaland show that cultural diversity, although threaten, is still flourishing in remote locales. Horse vodka, or fermented mare's milk "is gut-twisting liquor ... that actually taste like beer mixed with raw milk and smells like a horse." A journeyer to Nagaland, a region in the North of India, which declared independence from Britain one day before India, is offered dog as a meal for her birthday treat. And this in a land that is described as being literally more Baptist than Mississippi.
Other travellers include a sea kayaker who has spent ten years kayaking around the world, one continent at a time. Contrasting forest elephants on white sand beaches in Africa to 70 -mile-an-hour winds raking the Aleutian Islands, but also finding many connections. And speaking of watery sojourns, Colin Wiseman gets all inspired by the Turns All Year (TAY) group of skiers and boarders who make their mission to find snow all year round. Colin grabs his shorts and snowboard and heads off for adventure far from the idle chair lifts.
Even Wend magazine's book reviews show a high degree of environmentally sensitivity. And more remarkably many of their advertisers follow suite.
Easily worth $5 for a yearly, or if recycled and FSC certified paper is more your thing $21 will do it.