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EDITORIAL OFFICE

Editor-in-Chief Satish Kumar PA to Satish Kumar Elaine Green

Managing Editor Susan Clark Art Director Rachel Marsh

Website Editor Angie Burke Assistant Editor Emma Cocker

Editor-at-Large Harry Eyres Contributing Editor Lorna Howarth Sub-editor Helen Banks Art Adviser Sandy Brown

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Banner from the Occupy Berlin demonstration, Berlin, 15 Oct 2011 Photo: Action Press/Rex Features

C O N T E N T S No. 270 January/February 2012

FRONTLINE 4 ACTION FROM THE GRASSROOTS

28 SILENT SPRING Marcia Phillips It’s 50 years since Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking book sparked a firestorm

UNDERCURRENTS A NEW SOCIETY 8 THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT Photo essay 10 THE 99% Vandana Shiva

How the Occupy movement reflects the democratic values of Indigenous peoples 12 A NEW MORAL COMPASS James Sainsbury What we will need to rebuild a truly stable and fairer society 16 ANOTHER KIND OF WORLD Harry Eyres Paving the way for a more caring society 18 WHAT’S THE HURRY? Simon Fairlie The first thing we all need to do is

Slow It All Down 20 MAKING LIFE MORE MEANINGFUL Ed Mayo Forget competition: it’s cooperation that makes the world go around 24 THE REAL CHOICE John Naish Why we all need to live by example and focus now on our spiritual regrowth

KEYNOTES 30 WHAT WILLYOUR LEGACY BE? Polly Higgins The case for making Ecocide the fifth crime against peace

REGULARS 1 WELCOME Satish Kumar 34 WATER SOLUTIONS

Bernd Mueller 36 ENERGY SOLUTIONS

Sven Eberlein 38 FARMING SOLUTIONS Harry Barton 40 EDUCATION Bob Gilbert 41 LETTERS 42 SENSE OF PLACE Gail Simmons

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Januar y/Februar y 2012 Editor’s Highlights

BIOCULTURAL DIVERSITY 44 SONGLINES OF FREEDOM Jay Griffiths How the people of West Papua use music and songs to tell their stories and fight for their rights

ARTS & CRAFTS 50 POETRY Andrea Hollander Budy celebrates the 70th birthday of Resurgence poetry editor, Peter Abbs 52 INSPIRING CHANGE India Clive Smith The prophetic and striking work of

Gustav Metzger 54 A MYSTERIOUS PARTNERSHIP

Andy Christian Exploring the profound relationship between an ar tist’s head and hands 58 OUT OF SILENCE

Daivd Boyle Investigating the ‘other-worldly’ source of creativity

REVIEWS 60 WONDER WILL GUIDE US Peter Reason reviews The Journey of the Universe by Brian Swimme &

Mary Evelyn Tucker

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What will your legacy be? One of the most respected delegates at the recent COP17 climate conference, British barrister Polly Higgins makes the case for Ecocide to be adopted as the 5th International Crime against peace in her Keynotes ar ticle. Polly writes with conviction and passion and she is right, if you don’t change the law, all effor ts to protect the planet and its inhabitants will be thwar ted. “I’m asking you, all of you to join me in creating a legacy we can be proud of ”

Polly Higgins author of Eradicating Ecocide

61 ALCHEMICAL AT HEART Linda Proud reviews John Moat’s new novel, A Fabrication of Gold 62 MINDTHE GAP

Brigitte Norland reviews Charles Dowding’s excellent How to Grow Winter Vegetables 63 ANCIENT TEACHERS

Lorna Howarth is inspired by Diana Beresford-Kroeger’s The Global Forest 64 A LIVELY RECORD Lynne Batten reviews The Wave Hub Chronicles by Lucy Wells 65 ORIGINAL THINKING Jan van Boeckel reviews An

Ecology of Mind; a film about the life and work of Gregory Bateson 66 A FILM FOR OURTIME

Ecologist Stephan Harding on his new film, Animate Earth

MEMBERS

67 RESURGENCE SHOP 68 FUNDRAISING

A letter from Satish 69 ADVERTS

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The 99% You can clear the tents and move the protestors along but the Occupy Movement is going nowhere. With the same message that Resurgence has been ‘voicing’ for 45 years, these are ideas whose time has come and according to environment campaigner Vandana Shiva, Occupy simply reminds us all how Indigenous Cultures have practiced democracy throughout histor y. “This is what Mahatma Ghandi called swaraj”

Vandana Shiva author of Earth Democracy

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Songlines of Freedom As West Papua declares its own Independence Day, Jay Griffiths explores the courage of that neglected country’s Freedom Fighters – men, women and children – and discovers that in West Papua, to sing is also a political act. Written with poetry and compassion, this is a deeply moving piece that challenges the West to stop ignoring the plight of these people. “Songs harmonise people with the environment; there is no divide”

Jay Griffiths

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author of Wild: An Elemental Journey Susan Clark @suzresurgence

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