If you were an alien from outer space spying on our world, what would you see? Squabbling at the United Nations; arguing in Nato over what to do about Libya; and fears about the risks of nuclear breakdown in Japan.

But world famous Australian conservationist Tim Flannery says do not despair. Maybe our human fate is not self-destruction after all.

A good news story, too, from Zimbabwean epidemiologist Precious Lunga who’s part of a team doing ground breaking research to combat that biggest killer of young women in Africa: HIV.

And therapy of a different sort from the Pakistan born poet, artist and filmmaker, Imtiaz Dharker who views poetry as a way to calm the chaos of the world.

Illustration by Emily Kasriel: The earth as a superorganisim,with strong empowered African women, speaking poetry to heal the chaos of tectonic and nuclear devastation.

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