CONTENTS No.246 January/February 2008
6 THE PEOPLE’S VERDICT
7 RESTORING THE EARTH THE FREECONOMY COMMUNITY
8 TURNING BACK THE CLIMATE CLOCK 9 TREES FOR CHANGE 9 LOCAL FOOD WORKS
11 SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE BHIKHU PAREKH We need to question the basis of civilisation.
12 THE GANDHIAN TRINITY SATISH KUMAR A template for ecology, peace and social justice.
14 SACRED WATER MADHU SURI PRAKASH A refl ection on defecation and development.
17 TRY NONVIOLENCE RICHARD BRANSON The Elders take inspiration from the Mahatma.
18 COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS SCILLA ELWORTHY The stories of those brave enough not to pick up a gun.
20 SPEAKING FROM THE HEART BRIDGET BELGRAVE Nonviolent Communication in practice.
22 WILD PASSION MAYA KUMAR MITCHELL Successful land restoration in South America.
26 BEAUTY AND THE BOMB CHRIS POWICI Landscape is a way of seeing.
28 TRANSITION STRATEGIES RICHARD HEINBERG, WOLFGANG SACHS, VANDANA SHIVA How do we move from the Age of Excess to the Age of Moderation?
34 MIND SHIFT RAY ANDERSON Making happiness the bottom line.
36 BLESSED UNREST PAUL HAWKEN The creative movement for change.
at the heart of earth, art and spirit
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GANDHI’S GIFT:THE POWER OF NONVIOLENCE
Gandhi drawings by Xanthe Mosley
40 THE GOLDFINCH TATTOO ANDY BROWN She pictured herself somewhere above the landscape. . .
42 POETRY PETER ABBS Two recent volumes by Henry Shukman and Mimi Khalvati.
44 A TRUE CAVALIER SANDY BROWN From painter to sculptor, but still in praise of the horse
45 ART BEFORE ART PAUL DEVEREUX Before there were art galleries, art was a song of the soul.
48 THIN PLACES RICHARD DAVEY Living in the midst of wonder.
Cold Dawn, painting by Louise McClary
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ILLUSTRATORS MATT KENYON illustrates for The Guardian. JAY LUTTMAN-JOHNSON is an artist. RACHEL MARSH is a graphic designer. JANE RAY is a freelance illustrator. GEORGINA WARNE is an illustrator. Alaska - ‘Slow Travel’ by Kate Rawles (see page 52)
PHOTOGRAPH: CHRIS LOYNES
3 WELCOME LORNA HOWARTH
50 THE LONG VIEW HARRY EYRES
51 THE OCCASIONAL DIDYMUS JOHN MOAT
52 SLOW TRAVEL KATE RAWLES
54 RECIPES DAPHNE LAMBERT
56 LETTERS TO THE EDITORS
BOOKS & REVIEWS
58 IN MY OWN WORDS Whistling in the Dark RICHARD MABEY
59 IN MY OWN WORDS The Big Earth Book JAMES BRUGES
61 RESILIENCE AND RESTORATION CAROLINE WALKER reviews Blessed Unrest
62 LOCAVORES MARIAN VAN EYK McCAIN reviews Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and Our Farm
64 THE FIFTH ELEMENT LORNA HOWARTH reviews Wildwood
65 BUILD BEAUTIFUL JAMIE LOVEKIN reviews The Green Self-Build Book
66 ABLOOM PHILIP MARSDEN reviews A Year in the Life of an English Meadow
67 ART FOR ART’S SAKE STEPHANIE STRONG reviews The Gift
68 ON BELONGING JAMES SAINSBURY reviews That distant Land and The Way of Ignorance
69 BOOKS IN BRIEF
70 CLASSIFIED ADVERTS 72 DISPLAY ADVERTS
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Editors’ Selection Check-out www.resurgence.org/ selection for three articles that we just couldn’t squeeze in to the January/ February 2008 issue. The fi rst is a continuation of the Nonviolence theme that features in this issue: an inspiring meditation on Anger by Thubten Chodron, an American Tibetan Buddhist nun, who suggests that anger is a passing cloud on the pure nature of mind. We also include a piece written by Richard Heinberg
called Transition Time, which expands on his argument in this issue that we need to move from the Age of Excess to the Era of Moderation. Finally, we publish a review that could just make cycling to work your next step to a low-carbon lifestyle. Called, The Cycling Community, it looks at how easy it is to make a climate-friendly lifestyle change.
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