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Positive Energy
The November/December 2022 issue

In this special issue of Resurgence & Ecologist we explore the theme of energy, how it shapes the world we live in and forms the very fabric of our existence. Energy is at the heart of the crises facing us today, from the rising cost of living to global heating. As efforts to achieve environmental and social justice converge, we need to understand just how energy connects us and all living things.

Setting the path is our Feature Story by The Ecologist editor Brendan Montague, who unpicks the meaning of 'energy' from a prism of physics, biology and economics, "We are all stardust bound together with sunlight," he writes.

In the Ecologist pages Russell Warfield challenges Dieter Helm's solutions to the energy and climate crises; whilst in Connected Life Felipe Viveros introduces the next generation of Indigenous Earth defenders. We also highlight Positive Action stories from community energy projects.

In Wisdom and Wellbeing youth activist Katie Hodgetts speaks to Chris Johnstone on the publication of a revised edition of seminal text Active Hope and Nicky Scott introduces the method of Bokashi composting. Within Art and Culture Sandra Sawatzky presents her 70-metre tapestry on the story of oil.

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Featured articles from the latest issue of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine

Watershed Moment

Water is an increasingly scarce resource with pressure on supplies resulting in droughts, crop failure, disrupted trade and land degradation. Yet the role of water on the road to net zero is often overlooked. Adam Wentworth highlights the interdependence of water and energy consumption and the need to create stronger policies to address global challenges.

Amazon Avengers

As deforestation in Brazil's Amazon hits record highs, Indigenous people are joining forces and forming a movement of movements that is inspiring people the world over. Felipe Viveros meets the next generation of Indigenous Earth Defenders resisting the forces of extractive capitalism.

Streets Ahead

Rachel Marsh meets the people behind a "Grassroots Green New Deal in action". A project that aims to build a solar power station along the rooftops of a Victorian terraced street. Film-maker Dan Edelstyn declares, "The streets will be an example of what the government could and should be doing right now across the UK."

Empowering Local Politics

The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) has produced new guidance for councils on ways to tackle the climate emergency. The recommendations have emerged from the Zero Carbon Britain Innovation Lab and CAT is already working with 150 local councils. Catherine Early reports.

The Great Turning

Youth activist Katie Hodgetts speaks with Chris Johnstone about the publication of a revised edition of seminal text Active Hope. They explore the 'Great Unravelling' and the 'Great Turning' in the context of activism today and the inner work needed for change to happen.

The Electrical Language of Fungi

"Do mushrooms talk to each other?" Yasmin Dahnoun reports on new research into the hidden world of the mycelium network. Scientists are learning more about the use of electrical signals to communicate and how those signals react to changes in the environment.

Picture Credits

Cover image: People Power: Inesperado (2018) by Juan Genovés © DACS 2022; Watershed Moment: Illustrations © Mitch Blunt/Ikon Images; Amazon Avengers: Célia Xacriabá, photo by Alice Aedy; Streets Ahead: Hilary Powell and Dan Edelstyn outside the Power Station, Walthamstow Photo: Alistair Gentry; Empowering Local Politics: Illustration © Valero Doval/Ikon Images; The Great Turning: Illustration by Graham Franciose @grahambunctious; The Electrical Language of Fungi: Mycelium Network II by Spencer Sass, @spencer.sass

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