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Growth. In most contexts it is a beautiful thing. Who would not wonder at seeing a green shoot bursting from an acorn? But unlike humans, trees know the limits of growth.

In the November/December issue of Resurgence & Ecologist we take a deeper look at one alternative to the current economic system: degrowth. We unpick the theory and consider what living 'a degrowth life' would really be like. Along the way we consider the Green New Deal and find forget-me-nots and a donkey.

Detoxing ourselves from our current economic system requires an effort of imagination. In our keynotes article in this issue, Rob Hopkins, co-founder of Transition Network, explores this theme and discusses why we all need to imagine a world where everything turns out OK. We can only hope that as policymakers convene in Madrid in December this year for the 25th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25), the positive power of imagination will also shine through.

Also in this issue, Mitch Anderson brings us some much-needed good news from the Amazon, and Sasha Dovzhyk reflects on the living legacy of Chernobyl. In our Arts section, Sarah Corbett shares some craftivism tips for the festive season, and internationally acclaimed artist Olafur Eliasson explores art and hope in an age of crisis.

Winter in the northern hemisphere is not a time typically associated with growth. So, as darkness begins to linger and this year’s leaves become another layer of soil beneath our feet, perhaps we should take a pause for thought. Instead of living to be bigger, faster, taller, we could start saving our energy for the sake of future generations.

We invite you to read our featured articles on degrowth from this issue of Resurgence & Ecologist and hope you find much to enjoy.

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Feature articles

Mission Status

Mission Status

Catherine Early talks to Andrew Higham, chief executive of Mission 2020, an organisation working towards an end to peak emissions by the end of this decade. While there is scope for optimism, more political focus is desperately needed if we are to meet this target.
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Calling Out Racism to Save Our Planet

Calling Out Racism to Save Our Planet

The environmental sector is institutionally racist and needs to tackle this urgently. Conservationist and President of Black2Nature Mya-Rose Craig challenges the environmental sector to take action and puts forward proposals to break down the barriers that exclude minority ethnic people from this movement.
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A Growing Dilemma

A Growing Dilemma

Ecologist editor Brendan Montague looks at the role of economic growth in our society and explains why it is not only flawed, but dangerous – with environment and human health sacrificed. We need to re-focus on real wealth, free time, connection and creative expression.
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Less Is More

Less Is More

The idea of living off-grid in the wilderness appeals to many, but few people take the step. PL Henderson recalls her life living in a tiny cabin, with no running water – a time for learning new skills, exchanging produce with neighbours and connecting with the natural world around her.
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Breathing Space

Breathing Space

What is it like to witness huge fires tear through your landscape? Alexis Wolf reflects on 'wildfire seasons', the alarming levels of air pollution that result and the desperate need to tackle climate breakdown as a matter of urgency.
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Do You Have A Dream?

Do You Have A Dream?

Craftivism can be a powerful tool in the activist toolbox for any changemaker. Founder of the Global Craftivist Collective, Sarah Corbett explains how craftivism can help us shift from a sense of despair to active hope, and offers a festive project to get us started.
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Pressing for Change

Pressing for Change

Activist printmaker Rosanna Morris has set up a community print workshop in Bristol. Everything she does is about bringing community together, telling stories and inspiring change. Nat Dyer went to meet her to find out more.
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The Cost of Living Well

The Cost of Living Well

David Rodríguez Goyes reviews Living Well at Others’ Expense: The Hidden Cost of Western Prosperity, a book that explores the global dynamic of exploitation. He shares a timely reminder of global injustices and the need for everyone to be part of the solution and not the problem.
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More than a magazine

Resurgence Voices

Resurgence Voices

To coincide with the Sep/Oct issue, we have launched a second series of our popular Resurgence Voices podcast, and a special series of soundscapes called Resurgence Sounds. The first one features our Editor’s favourite – the stream at the bottom of her allotment. Don't miss it here.

Linda Tegg

Repair Gallery

Linda Tegg and architects Baracco+Wright collaborated on Grasslands Repair, with more than 60 plant species of south-east Australia. Only 1% of this plant community remains, having been removed through urbanisation, agriculture, grazing and industrial land use.
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Resurgence Talks

Resurgence Talks

An exciting new series of Resurgence events in London in association with 42 Acres Shoreditch. The monthly programme, inspired by the ideas of Resurgence covers issues including the environment, arts, meditation and ethical living.
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Summer Camp

Resurgence Summer Camp 2020

Join us for our 21st Resurgence Summer camp at Green and Away. The summer camp is a weekend of inspiring talks, workshops, music, storytelling, poetry and craft - bringing the ideas and ethos of Resurgence to life. Come and share ideas for a greener future.
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Resurgence Building for the Future

Resurgence Building for the Future

Keep up to date with our project to create a Resurgence Centre for Education, Environment and the Arts in Hartland. Includes videos, links to the latest articles and pictures of the Small School chapel and garden.
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Free sample copy

Free sample copy

Enjoy a free pdf issue of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine. Within the pages of this unique magazine you'll find thought-provoking articles on the latest environmental, ethical and social issues, plus opinion, ideas and stunning art.
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The Resurgence Story

The Resurgence Story

To mark 50 years at the forefront of environmental publishing, we've made a short video all about the magazine, now published as Resurgence & Ecologist, and the environmental charity behind it - The Resurgence Trust.
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Picture Credits

Picture Credits

Web banner image: Shepherd's Cottage, by Rebecca Vincent; Cover image: Repair by Baracco+Wright Architects with Linda Tegg. Photograph: Roy Gardiner; Mission Status: Illustration © Stuart Kinlough/Ikon Images; Calling Out Racism to Save Our Planet: Photograph by Oliver Edwards for The Scouts; A Growing Dilemma: Artwork by Fay Helfer; Less Is More: Forget-me-not by Yavuz Selim Turan @yavuzselimturan; Breathing Space: Trees with Sun (After Trees with Moon), 2019 by Erin Kendig; Do You Have A Dream?: Photographs © Sarah Corbett/Craftivist Collective; Pressing for Change: Photograph by Konstantinos Noulis; The Cost of Living Well: Collage artwork: Uğur Gallenkuş @ugurgallen with editorial image (right) by Diego Ibarra Sánchez @diego.ibarra.sanchez

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