Watershed Moment

Issue 325 • March/April 2021

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In this issue of Resurgence & Ecologist we share stories of people across the world inspired by Rivers. Rivers have shaped landscapes over millennia, arteries of fresh water that have carved paths through rock and soil from source to sea.

As our relationship with Nature frays, the threads connecting us become all the more precious, and people across the world are fighting to protect the rivers they love. In this issue, Vandana K investigates grassroots activism in India, and Nicola Cutcher celebrates a recent victory by citizen scientists. Li An Phoa walks along the river Meuse, and Derek Gow brings beavers back to Britain.

We also focus on the need for wisdom, compassion and hope. Julian Abel explains why being compassionate is good for us, Russell Warfield interviews Rutger Bregman about his book Humankind and Louisa Adjoa Parker speaks to Romalyn Ante about migration, home and family.


  • The End of Neoliberalism: Russell Warfield
  • Survival of the Kindest: Julian Abel
  • Real Heroes: Rivera Sun
  • Rewilding Britain’s Waterways: Marianne Brown
  • Bonding and Belonging: Satish Kumar

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Changing Course

People across the world are protecting the rivers they love


Protecting Oceans

Restoring marine ecosystems

River Watch

Investigating the shocking state of Britain's rivers

News From the Grassroots

A round up of environmental news stories

Space to Listen &

Introducing a new project focused on listening and connection

Peter Abbs (1942–2020)

Honouring the life of poet, professor and long-term Poetry Editor at Resurgence


Fitting The Bill

The latest on the post-Brexit landscape

The End of Neoliberalism… So, What Next?

Historian Rutger Bregman shares his optimism

Survival of the Kindest

More experts are arguing in favour of human compassion

Growing Together

May Project Gardens is transforming lives in London

The Road Ahead

Transport must be at the heart of a low-carbon future

Poles Apart

A leading scientist in Poland is using his personal story to deliver a stark message


Real Heroes

How researching for a novel lead to activism


Rivers - Stream of Life

An introduction to our themed section on rivers

Rivers - Wholesome Flow

The twists and turns of grassroots activism to save India's waterways

Rivers - Rewilding Britain's Waterways

Beaver man' Derek Gow shares his story

Rivers - Understanding the Current

Listening to the lessons of old tales

Rivers - The Source of Life

Walking 900 kilometres to campaign for drinkable rivers

Rivers - The Right to Bathe

Citizen science could set a precedent for cleaner waters

Wisdom and Wellbeing

Bonding and Belonging

Exploring the landscape of love

DIY Pub Grub

Lockdown comfort food recipe

Wake-up Call

Inspired by birdsong

The World of Pavement Weeds

Going for a plant walk in London

The Arts

Siren Call

Extolling the power of performance poetry

Writing Home

An interview with poet and nurse Romalyn Ante

Lights, Camera, Creative Action

Exploring the expanding genre of ecological film-making


Letters to the Editors - Letters to the Editor

A selection of letters from our readers


Brave New Future

Review of The Reindeer Chronicles: And Other Inspiring Stories of Working with Nature to Heal the Earth; and Islands of Abandonment: Life in the Post-human Landscape

A Question of Power

Review of Competition is Killing Us: How Big Business is Harming Our Society and Planet - and What To Do About It

Taking on an Empire

Review of The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy

H is For Humanity

Review of Vesper Flights

Magic for Strange Times

Review of A Spell in the Wild: A Year (and Six Centuries) of Magic

Seeds of Resilience

Review of A Small Farm Future: Making the Case for a Society Built Around Local Economies, Self-Provisioning, Agriculutural Diversity and a Shared Earth

Stalling for Profit

Review of How They Made Us Doubt Everything

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