Issue No. 9: 3 April 2021 | New articles added frequently


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We are proud to announce the launch of Our Future, Our Voices, a platform for young people, where where they can speak of their own experiences first-hand and a space where they can explore their creativity – their skills in photography, art, podcasts and articles that look at life through their unique and special lens. Throughout this week we are publishing articles by young writers. Subjects range from life at university during lockdown to the Swiss vote to ban the burqa, from the impact of social media on mental health to the environmental impact of incinerating our rubbish.


The irony of introducing a face cover ban in 2021

Banning face coverings in our new, post-Covid world of legally enforceable face mask mandates sounds implausibly ironic. But that’s exactly what has happened in Switzerland.


Social media: a nettle, thorn and rose

Social media has great power. In a world increasingly dependent on technology and digital appliances, our lives are well connected and shared with ease. The miles between us are no longer obstructions, just mere inconveniences undermined by online messages and the occasional video call. But, as we all know, with such great power, comes even greater responsibility to understand social media’s impact on everyday life.

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Brighton Fringe: performers raring to go

Alivia Arief

Many actors, directors, producers and technicians have suffered at the hands of Covid-19 and the impact that the virus has had on the economy, but also owing to live performances being banned during lockdowns.


Talking rubbish? – What really happens to your recycling

Chris Davis

Of all the plastic routinely placed in recycle bins across East Sussex, less than 30% is actually recycled. The rest is incinerated, along with most of the non-recyclable rubbish, and – perhaps surprisingly – it is the incinerator company that decides what is recycled and what is burnt. Changes to the current equipment could allow more types of plastic to be recycled but it would cost upwards of £1million. What cost our environment?


To plant or not to plant: trees

Trees are often considered the silver bullet in our fight against global warming. But recent research has indicated a need for careful consideration when we plant and has called for a more nuanced approach. Other carbon sequestering organisms are equally worthy of our protection, such as marine algae.


Lockdown in Manchester: how not to run a university

Finn Joughin

A young man leaves home for the first time to begin his adult life adventure. Excited to be off to his first choice university where surely learning opportunities are guaranteed and his physical and mental welfare safeguarded. But Covid19 and the subsequent lockdown put Manchester University to the test and it didn’t score well.

CALLING ALL YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS! In May we are running a special feature of young people’s work. If you’d like to share your images in our ‘Photo of the Month’ section, see Sussex Bylenses for submission guidelines.

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