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Issue 312
January/February 2019
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Films for the Future and other project updates.

Satish Kumar: Films for the Future. Photograph by Jason Taylor

Satish Kumar: Films for the Future. Photograph by Jason Taylor

FILMS FOR THE FUTURE

Resurgence is set to launch a new series of short films featuring Satish Kumar

Filmed at Satish’s home and in the wild landscapes around Hartland, the 30 films draw on Satish’s remarkable life, philosophy and influences. Satish offers insights on key issues, covering subjects as diverse as the gift economy, poetry, science, biomimicry, food and activism.

The message at the heart of Satish’s teaching is that individuals can and do change the world for the better. Satish’s words and teachings offer rich inspiration and guidance to help us meet the seemingly insurmountable challenges we currently face. These films are part of the growing movement to change the story and create a more positive future. The series was filmed by Jason Taylor and produced by Nat Dyer.

Change the Story will be launched in January 2019 and will be available on the Resurgence website: 

www.resurgence.org/changethestory

RESURGENCE ON THE MOVE

A year after our successful crowdfunder, The Resurgence Trust is all set to move to new premises in Fore Street, Hartland. Those who have followed our journey will be delighted to know that the Resurgence Centre for Education, the Environment and the Arts will be opening in May 2019. We are very excited to be creating a space for sharing innovative ideas with a global impact.

The building process has been quite a journey, revealing hidden fireplaces, a staircase, and hoards of ‘treasure’ under the floorboards in the form of old bottles and empty shoe polish tins! We’ve been discussing logistics for making the site fully accessible, solar panels, rainwater harvesting, and charging points for electric vehicles, as well as choosing colour palettes and sharing ideas for furniture that will be made by local craftspeople.

Project manager Mark Gough says, “We are all incredibly excited about the potential that this new centre holds for The Resurgence Trust and the wider Resurgence community. We hope to have a full programme up and running for September.”

As we move to a new chapter in the Resurgence story, we send heartfelt thanks to Satish Kumar and June Mitchell for providing a home for Resurgence for the last 40 years.

We will continue to post updates about the Resurgence Centre and details for the opening event on our website.

www.resurgence.org/resurgencefuture

ETHICAL BANKING

Resurgence is now working with Triodos Bank to raise awareness of the need for more ethical banking. Triodos supports people and businesses who are making a positive impact on the world we live in, bringing people together to help build an extraordinary movement for social, environmental and cultural change. Grassroots projects, renewable energy schemes and community initiatives can flourish because a community of savers has decided that their bank should fund projects that have positive environmental and social impact. They are looking for more customers to help them achieve this mission.

Resurgence aims to inspire people to make a difference. Ethics are at the heart of what we do, so we are delighted to be working more closely with Triodos, where we have been banking for decades. We believe that money should be a force for good, and in the words of Satish Kumar, “Ethical banking is the most important act anyone can do to help change society and create a more sustainable world.”

Visit www.triodos.co.uk/resurgence for eligibility, terms and conditions.

RESURGENCE GROVE IN THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

Resurgence has teamed up with Trees for Life to create a Resurgence grove in the Scottish Highlands. The trees are part of a wider project to restore the ancient Caledonian Forest and are carefully planted in protected sites to create homes for wildlife and forests for the future.

Trees for Life is working to support the natural regeneration of trees as well as planting native trees in areas where the forest has disappeared – collecting seed from the nearest surviving trees to maintain the local genetic variation in the forest. Seedlings are later planted in a random way to replicate the natural distribution of the trees. Tree species that are planted include birch, rowan and aspen, as they play an important role in the succession of the forest as it is re-established.

We invite our readers to help us grow the Resurgence grove. Find out more:

treesforlife.org.uk/plant-trees/grove/8057/

NEW MIDLANDS RESURGENCE READERS’ GROUP

Are you interested in joining a new Resurgence readers’ group starting up in Warwickshire? We live in Napton-on-the-Hill, 11 miles south of Rugby.

We are pleased to host a couple of get-togethers to see if people want to meet up on a regular basis. The first one will be on Sunday 3 March 2019, the second on Sunday 5 May, with an 11 for 11.30am start and including a ‘bring and share’ lunch. Drop us a line at jonathanandjackyCH@gmail.com if you would like to come along.

Jonathan Horsfield

WINNER OF ECOPOETRY PRIZE ANNOUNCED

Evolutionary geneticist and poet Jemma Borg has been named winner of the Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry (formerly the Resurgence Prize) 2018 for her poem ‘Unripe’. The £5,000 prize aims to highlight the role poetry can play in raising awareness of the ecological imperatives of our time. The prize is run by the Poetry School and sponsored by the Edward Goldsmith Foundation, which raises awareness of the work of environmentalist Teddy Goldsmith. The winning poems are available to read for free in the digital Ecopoetry Anthology.

www.ginkgoprize.com

SUMMER CAMP 2019

In the depths of winter, we’re looking forward to the next Resurgence summer camp, which will take place from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 July 2019. This will be our 20th summer camp at Green & Away, near Worcester, and our theme will be ‘Change the story: change the future’. Save the date, and visit our events page for programme information and bookings:

www.resurgence.org/summercamp

Marianne Brown is Deputy Editor at Resurgence & Ecologist

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