Recovery Time

Issue 321 • July/August 2020

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In this issue of Resurgence & Ecologist, we look at the path to recovery. Daniel Christian Wahl writes of a ‘transformative decade’ and the need to change how we are, not just what we do; Vandana Shiva explains why the road ahead must encompass radical change in our food systems; and Laurie King reports from the Shetland Islands on an organic farming project.

Also in this issue: Heather Ackroyd speaks to artists about changing culture; psychologist Steffi Bednarek writes on mental health; and Anne Stobart shares tips on growing medicinal herbs.

Our July/August issue explores the theme of peat: its value for biodiversity and carbon storage, as well as to human history.


  • Growing Self-sufficiency in Uganda
  • Building a New Normal: Daniel Christian Wahl
  • Fuel for Thought: Donald Murray
  • Coronavirus, Voice of the Earth: Satish Kumar
  • Digging A Hole For Ourselves: Nicky Scott
  • Voice of a Generation: Anna Turns

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The Crossroads

The road beyond crisis has to encompass transformation


Conservationist Fights to Protect Brazil's 'gardeners of the forest'

A grassroots conservation project to protect the Tapirs

Growing Self-sufficiency in Uganda

Visiting a permaculture garden with a powerful message

News From the Grassroots

A round up of environmental news stories

Resurgence Festival of Wellbeing

A celebration of ideas that can shape wellbeing for people and planet


One Planet, One Health

Our toxic food system must not survive this crisis

Chain Reaction

Insights from a community-run agriculture project in the Shetland Islands

Cheering on a Figurehead

Reflections on the legacy of Greta Thunberg two years after the first school strikes

Gardening for the Earth &

Lessons of restoration in Hong Kong

Defending Lake Kop

Exposing the deadly reality of burning coal

Money Can Grow on Trees

Rethinking the value of primal forests to save them


Building a new normal

The path towards regenerative economies is made by walking it


Peatlands - For Peat's Sake

Extolling the virtues of a slow-growing landscape

Peatlands - Give Peat A Chance

Documenting efforts to rebuild peat bogs

Peatlands - Fuel for Thought

Exploring the good and the dark side to peat digging

Peatlands - Protecting Tropical Peatlands

Sharing news of a potentially ground-saving project

Peatlands - Digging A Hole For Ourselves

Questioning the use of peat in gardens

Wisdom and Wellbeing

Coronavirus: The Voice of the Earth

What lessons can we learn from this crisis?

Grow Your Own Remedies

Tips on growing and using health-boosting herbs

An invitation into heartbreak

We have to embrace anxiety to connect with the world

A Blossoming Industry

Flower growing using 'no-dig' principles

The Arts

Culture Shift

The art world must adapt quickly to survive the crises of our times

Home Is Where the Art Is

The enchanting work of sculptor Walter Bailey


Letters to the Editors - Letters to the Editor

A selection of letters to our editor


Nature Cure

Review of The Natural Health Service: What the Great Outdoors Can Do for Your Mind; Losing Eden: Why Our Minds Need the Wild

Voice of a Generation

Review of Our House Is on Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis

All is One

Review of The Self Delusion: The Surprising Science of How We Are Connected and Why That Matters

Bird's Eye View

Review of The Birds They Sang: Birds and People in Life and Art

Magic Mushrooms

Review of Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures

A Quest for Darkness

Review of Under the Stars: A Journey into Light

The Spirit of the Land

Review of Wanderland: A Search for Magic in the Landscape

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