Life in the Dark

Issue 323 • November/December 2020

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In this issue of Resurgence & Ecologist we celebrate the night sky. Lynn Houghton meets two scientists collecting data in Svalbard on climate change during the polar night, Matt Gaw warns us why we need to protect darkness from light pollution, and astrophysicist Krystal De Napoli tells us how dark sky constellations have informed Aboriginal astronomical traditions. We also hear some tips from grower Claire Ratinon on gardening by the moon, and Tiffany Francis-Baker takes us on a night walk.

Elsewhere, American lawyer Valarie Kaur shares her story of turning rage about social injustice into revolutionary love, and Emmanuela Shinta talks to Zion Lights about how the Dayak people are defending their land in Indonesia. In Arts, Carolyn Mazloomi introduces a group of women who are exposing racism in the United States through the powerful medium of quilting.


  • Standing up for Land in Indonesia: Zion Lights
  • Divine Race and Revolutionary Love: Valarie Kaur
  • Gardening by the Moon: Claire Ratinon
  • Protest, Protect, Build: Satish Kumar
  • Rock Against Racism: Catherine Early

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Night Life

A celebration of the night sky


Nature Revival

Beavers, good news for biodiversity and nature-based solutions in Zimbabwe

A Swift Return

An RSPB mapping tool seeks to uncover the mystery of why swifts migrate

News From the Grassroots

A round up of environmental news stories

Community and Resurgence News

Totnes Share Shed, Resurgence book club and Leadership in a time of crisis


Judgement Day in the US

Unravelling the backdrop to the presidential elections

No New Worlds

An installation marking the voyage of the Mayflower highlights challenging questions

From NGO to Social Justice Network

An interview with Oxfam GB CEO Danny Sriskandarajah

Standing Up For Land in Indonesia

Dayak leader Emmanuela Shinta on preserving culture, community and nature

Lessons in Destruction

Factory schools threaten the survival of Indigenous cultures


Divine Rage and Revolutionary Love

When it comes to social injustice, outrage is often the only way to be heard


Night Sky - Into The Night

Finding connection in the dark

Night Sky - Science In The Polar Night

A new project Hearts in the Ice is collecting data on climate change from the one of the harshest environments on Earth

Night Sky - The Other Side of Fear &

Experiencing the long arduous 100 days of the 'polar night'

Night Sky - In A Bad Light

For the sake of the planet, we have to protect the night

Night Sky - Pregnant Pause

Walking beneath the night sky reminds us of our place in the universe

Night Sky - The Emu In The Sky

Dark sky constellations have informed Aboriginal astronomical traditions across millennia

Night Sky - Nurturing Plants By The Lunar Calendar

Sharing tips on gardening following the phases of the moon

Wisdom and Wellbeing

A Tale of Two Martyrs

The Pilgrims' Way can be a path to the past and the future

Protest, Protect, Build

We need a global holistic environmental movement that goes beyond 'isms'

The Arts

Quilt-making For Social Justice

Women are telling the story of racism through a powerful medium

Becoming Fungus

Can art bring us closer to empathising with other species?


Obituary - The Rev John Papworth

A tribute to the founder of Resurgence magazine

Letters to the Editors - Letters to the Editor

A selection of letters to our editor


A Kind of Hope

Review of Humankind: A Hopeful History

Ecovillage People

Review of Film: Communities of Hope: Discovering the Ecovillages of Europe

Listening to Rocks

Review of Stone Talks

Teaching Facts with New Stories

Review of Tales of Two Planets: Stories of Climate Change and Inequality in a Divided World

Rising Up From History

Review of Imperial Mud: The Fight for the Fens

Rock Against Racism

Review of Documentary: White Riot

Taking Back The Land

Review of The Book of Trespass: Crossing the Lines That Divide Us

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