I grew up with William Wilberforce. My father wrote a biography of the man who led the campaign to abolish the slave trade, and I remember thinking how long his victory took. How on earth, I wondered, did he keep going for two decades – through setbacks, false dawns and the occasional advance – until, in 1807, he finally succeeded?

Little did I realise. Many people around the world have now been campaigning for far longer for an even greater change: nothing less than the reorientation of the global economy to work in harmony with Nature and the environment. Resurgence has been at it for a ...


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