When We Speak
The March/April 2024 issue

In this issue, we examine the power of not only finding and then using your voice but also the challenges of overcoming the societal programmes designed to keep you quiet. Entitled ‘When we speak’, the whole issue is a celebration of speaking our truth.

Our woman-led theme includes articles on breaking the ‘Good Little Girl’ programme and ‘Using Plant Allies’ to find your authentic voice. We have an article by the Nepalese founder of a project designed to tackle period poverty and we explore the totem of the wise and wilder older woman.

A contemporary teacher of Kabbalah explains the role of the divine feminine in that faith pathway and a contemporary Nature poet shares how she reached a sense of a deeply embodied empathy for Mother Earth once she broke free of the silence shrouding the secret of her own childhood trauma.

Finally, we have a wonderful interview with Satish Kumar, who calls for a more united movement for change for the better, regardless of race, gender and individual circumstances.

We hope you enjoy our selection of free articles from this issue of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine.

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Featured articles from the latest issue of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine

Urban Greening

Charlotte Ina Sterland reports on a new study that shows how planting indigenous species rapidly increases biodiversity in cities. Australian ecologist Luis Mata reveals that "Bringing back species diversity should take a really long time, but this study is concrete evidence that it can happen in just three years."

Acts of Gathering

Charlotte Fraser introduces an exhibition at the Eden Project in Cornwall that celebrates our connection to a story that is beyond time and space. This exhibition invites people to consider how the emergence of customs and traditions in relation to food can enhance our connections to each other and to the land.

Plant Connections

With the help of plant allies, writer, naturalist and herbalist Brigit Anna McNeill went looking for her feelings and rediscovered her once lost wild voice. "Working with the plants drew my attention and awareness to my learnt habit of gaslighting the heart of me."

Tackling Period Poverty

Dipisha Bhujel shares the story of how and why she set up Project Sparśa – a women-led not-for-profit company that makes compostable sanitary pads from banana plants and uses its revenue to better educate young Nepalese women about their bodies and menstruation.

The Divine Vessel

Teacher and Kabbalist Mike Bais explores how Kabbalah celebrates the divine feminine, whilst affirming that "Although the divine feminine brings life through the birth of her womb, she also brings death. This is the universal, metaphysical principle behind the feminine in creation."

The Red Dress

Kirstie Macleod shares how her idea for a collaborative embroidery project created a platform to amplify the voices of those who took part in the award-winning and global initiative. "Covered in millions of stitches, the 6.8kg Red Dress is weighted as much by the individual stories and collective voices waiting to be heard as by the threads and beads that adorn it."

Picture Credits

Cover image: Artwork by Sarah Jarrett. Urban Greening: Photo © Kohei Uesaka / Unsplash. Acts of Gathering: Learning from Artemisia, 2019-2020 by Uriel Orlow. Plant Connections: Nettles on the River Bank by Emma Chambers. Tackling Period Poverty: Photo by Harrison Thane / The Iris Project. The Divine Vessel: Artwork © Michael Paukner. The Red Dress: Lekazia Turner, embroiderer from Jamaica, 2022, photo by Mark Pickthall

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