C O N T E N T S No.255 July/August 2009
Front cover: cownose rays PHOTOGRAPH: SANDRA CRITELLI/ www.sandracritelli.com
A mass migration of golden rays, or cownose rays, photographed unexpectedly a few miles off the coast of Holbox Island in the Gulf of Mexico, whilst looking for whale sharks.
10 LIVING WITHIN OUR MEANS Jonathon Porritt Designing a sustainable
21 GUARDIANS OF THE OCEAN Sam Bleakley A passion for riding waves is
the perfect way to nurture an ecological conscience.
42 MUSIC AND PLACE Mark Kidel Has our eagerness to consume
‘world music’ led to the dislocation of the music from its context?
FRONTLINE 6 350.org 7 LANGUAGE NESTS 8 THE PLIGHT OF THE BUMBLEBEE
KEYNOTES 14 THE MOTHER OF BEAUTY John Daniel
We grow from the compost of those who have died.
BIOCULTURAL DIVERSITY 18 POTENT PLACES Liz Hosken
Sacred sites are like a network of acupuncture points across the Earth. We must protect them.
24 CREATION STORY Colin Campbell
Human beings can return to the places where the spirit keepers live.
26 LAWS OF ORIGIN Silvia Gomez & Nelson Ortiz
An interview with Macuna Indians from the Colombian Amazon.
28 THE KISS OF DEATH Christopher McLeod
Tourists to North American sacred sites are being educated to cultivate respect for local traditions.
30 THE EYE OF REVERENCE Josep-Maria Mallarach
The sacred landscapes and seascapes of ancient Europe can still be seen by those prepared to look beyond the usual tourist experience.
UNDERCURRENTS 32 FARM FREEDOM Peter Melchett Genetically modified plants and animals have fallen far short of scientists' predications.
34 ZERO WASTE Robin Murray Our waste is the shadow side of
our economy, not the mark of a civilised society.
37 RESILIENCE Brian Goodwin The bottom-up participatory process
that is the Transition Movement.
4 Resurgence No. 255 July/August 2009 IN OUR TIME
341 years after the first Poet Laureate was appointed, a woman has been chosen for the most prominent literary position in Britain. On May Day 2009, Carol Ann Duffy was anointed Poet Laureate. On this historic day for women and for poets she acknowledged that poetry still matters hugely to a growing number of people in the UK. For Duffy, the appointment of a Poet Laureate is a “spotlight on the vocation of poetry". She declared, “I feel a mixture of humility and delight in becoming the new Poet Laureate. The humility comes from my awareness of the great talent of my peers, but the delight comes from accepting this honour as the first woman to do so.”photograph
: Paul Thomas/AP/Press Association Images
Poet and writer Carol Ann Duffy
40 THE GREEN RESPONSE TO RECESSION Nick Robins & Tony Juniper
Two key thinkers offer a green perspective on the current state of our economy.
THE ARTS 46 ANGELS, BIRDS AND
JOURNEYS Andy Christian
John Maltby’s original and imaginative forms and symbols.
REGULARS 3 WELCOME Satish Kumar
50 A SENSE OF PLACE Gail Simmons
52 SLOW TRAVEL Stephanie Strong
54 SHORT STORY Caspar Walsh
56 NATURE WRITERS Richard Mabey discusses Christopher Smart.
66 ADAPT AND SURVIVE Stephan Harding reviews The Vanishing Face of Gaia.
58 PIONEERS Leo Hickman
59 OCCASIONAL DIDYMUS John Moat
60 LETTERS TO THE EDITORS
Your views and comments.
61 WHAT’S NEW ON THE WEBSITE www.resurgence.org
BOOKS 62 ARMCHAIR TRAVEL
Philip Carr-Gomm introduces his book Sacred Places.
64 THE PHOENIX ECONOMY John Elkington introduces his new book The Phoenix Economy.
65 GREENING THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY Miguel Mendonça reviews
The Green Collar Economy.
68 A CELEBRATION OF PLACE Adam Thorpe reviews Connemara.
69 A POETICS OF THE SPIRIT Peter Abbs reviews Hiddenness,
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