Small is Beautiful

Issue 327 • July/August 2021

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In this issue, we celebrate 30 years of transformative learning with a special section on Schumacher College in South Devon, with features by Alan Boldon, CEO of the Dartington Trust, and Ann Pettifor on the origins of the Green New Deal.

In the Ecologist section, Kieran Lynn reports on a conservation partnership in Australia where traditional knowledge is helping to save the country’s endangered wildlife, Laura Alcock-Ferguson reports from the home of the ‘Survivor Tree’ in Scotland, and Vandana K visits a collective in the Indian Himalayas.

The Keynotes essay in this issue is by psychotherapist Steffi Bednarek, who explains why in this time of toxic normality, we need soulful connection with the world. In our Wisdom & Wellbeing section, Nat Dyer speaks to author Frank White about viewing the Earth from space, and in our Arts features Gary Cook explores an immersive audio and video installation ‘What Listening Knows’.

We hope you enjoy our selection of free articles from this issue of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine.


  • Losing Touch with Heaven: Isabella Tree
  • Agriculture at a Crossroads: Renuka Odedra
  • The Power of Partnership: Kieran Lynn
  • A Time of Derangement: Steffi Bednarek
  • Economy, Ecology and Equity: Ann Pettifor
  • Science and Spirituality: Satish Kumar

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Back from the brink

Towards a soulful engagement with the world


Losing Touch with Heaven

A battle between Nature and development in Sussex

Turning Anxiety into Action

Climate activist Clover Hogan on overcoming a sense of powerlessness

England Proposals for Woods and Peatlands

Two action plans to improve tree coverage and drive net zero targets

News from the Grassroots

A round up of environmental news

Humberto Maturana (1928 - 2021)

A tribute to a groundbreaking biologist


Agriculture at a Crossroads

Reporting on India's mass farmer protests

Roots and Fruits

An all-women producers' collective in the Himalayas is creating livelihood opportunities

The Power of Partnership

Conservation science and traditional knowledge are helping to save Australia's wildlife

Things Can Heal

Visiting the home of the Survivor Tree in Scotland

Pandemic on a Plate

The UN Food Systems Summit is a chance for change


A Time of Derangement

In this time of toxic normality, we need soulful connection with the world


Schumacher Legacy - School for Life

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Schumacher College

Schumacher Legacy - Reimagining Learning

Times of crisis often lead to creativity

Schumacher Legacy - Economy, Ecology and Equity

On the roots of the Green New Deal

Wisdom and Wellbeing

The Overview Effect

Reflecting on the spiritual impact of seeing the Earth from space

Moon Harvest

A group of experts are calling for lunar legal protection

Beyond Organic

Biodynamic Farming is taking root in Moldova

The Bees' Trees

Tips for attracting pollinators

An Enchanted Place

Exploring the wisdom of Winnie-the-Pooh

Science and Spirituality

In the face of climate breakdown, we need both

The Arts

Hear Here

Listening to a new show

Lessons from the Sundarban

Folklore, art and verse communicate the urgency of the climate crisis

Island Life

Exploring the Shiant Isles


Letters to the Editors - Letters to the Editor

A selection of letters from our readers


A Billionaire's Take

Review of How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need

Who Cares Who Wins?

Review of Who Cares Wins

Talking Trees

Review of Finding the Mother Tree: Uncovering the Wisdom and Intelligence of the Forest

Lust for Land

Review of Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World

A Big Ask

Review of Parents for a Future

A Guide to Success

Review of Make It Happen: How to Be an Activist

Care Under Capitalism

Review of The Care Crisis: What Caused It and How Can We End It?

Soil and Soul

Review of Earthed

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