What's in a Word

Issue 333 • July/August 2022

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In this issue of Resurgence & Ecologist we look at ‘language’. Mitzi Jonelle Tan challenges the use of language at global climate talks. Stephanie Boxall looks at the living-language-land project for a fresh approach to the environmental crisis and April Charlo explains how saving Indigenous languages can help save the planet. In the Ecologist pages Yasmin Dahnoun reports on ancient agroforestry systems which are being revived in Central America. Whilst in Connected Life Esthela Calderón recalls finding connection while harvesting corn in Nicaragua and David George Haskell explores the ancient roots of hearing. For our Feature Story, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema calls on the power of collective action for biodiversity. In Wisdom & Wellbeing Aylin Haas and Jonathan Drori share their memories and perspectives on the Lebanese Cedar, as part of our ‘In Company of Trees’ series. Within Art & Culture PL Henderson explores the history of women botanical illustrators.


  • Jan Goodey: It’s Time to Just Stop Oil
  • Elizabeth Maruma Mrema: No Plants, No Life!
  • April Charlo: We Are Earth, And Earth is Us
  • Jonathan Drori: The World in a Cedar
  • Satish Kumar: Idealism meets Pragmatism
  • Jini Reddy: Spirit Guide

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Thinking Differently

Language can change our relationship with environment


Time to Change the Bedtime Story

Connecting children with Nature through storytelling

News from Resurgence

Resurgence Festival of Wellbeing and the Futurus Project


Ecologist Editor's Picks

Top stories from The Ecologist environmental news website

It's Time to Just Stop Oil

Reporting on the UK-wide movement

Words That Fail Us

Challenging the use of language at global climate talks

Food Forests for a Resilient Future

Agroforestry is helping to return life to the land in Central America

Connected Life

Lending An Ear

Growing up among corn fields in Nicaragua

Seeds in the Sand

Visiting a seed bank for desert species in India

A Park for the People

Chile is set to democratise mountain access with a new national park

Uniting Mind, Matter and Life

Considering the theory of autopoiesis 50 years on

Primal Sound

Exploring the ancient roots of hearing

As I Roved Out

Folk songs are both a map and a compass


No Plants, No Life!

Calling on the power of collective action for biodiversity


Lost for Words

To save biodiversity, we must save human diversity

We Are Earth, and Earth Is Us

Indigenous languages can reconnect us with Nature

Keep Hold of It

A new book records the wisdom of a dying tongue

The Great Narrative of Phertajido

A creation myth from Nao Jr

Speaking Nature's Language

A project offering a fresh approach to the environmental crisis brings inspiration

Wisdom and Wellbeing

I Am This Place

Exploring the concept of native and invasive in the garden

The World in a Cedar

Connecting a childhood memory with environmental crisis

Intermingled Roots

Seeing dual identity in the cedar's roots

Idealism Meets Pragmatism

Reflecting on 50 years of the environmental movement, with Jonathan Porritt

Art and Culture


Discovering the work of two artists whose photography redefines how we interact with Nature

Imagine the Skin is a Leaf

Celebrating connection at a new exhibition

Drawing Power From Plants

Exploring the history of women botanical illustrators


Letters to the Editors - Letters to the Editor

A selection of letters to our Editor

Archive - A Sense of Belonging &

Gaelic should have a central place in Scotland's rewilding plans


A Planetary Tangle of Relations

Review of Kinship: Belonging in a World of Relations (Volumes 1-5)

Spirit Guide

Review of Black Lion: Alive in the Wilderness

A Love Song to Madagascar

Review of The Sloth Lemur's Song: Madagascar from the Deep Past to the Uncertain Present

Fascism and Climate Crisis

Review of The Rise of Ecofascism: Climate Change and the Far Right

Diversity on the Farm

Review of Agroecology and Regenerative Agriculture: Navdanya's Research on Sustainable Solutions for Hunger, Poverty, and Climate Change

The Spice of Life

Review of The Nutmeg's Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis

Planting Ideas

Review of The Nation of Plants: A Radical Manifesto for Humans

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