Love is a verb

Issue 337 • March/April 2023

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In this issue of Resurgence & Ecologist we visit a place called love, not the Disney-sop version – rather a more real, gritty, demanding and often heart-breaking place that pushes us to evolve into more compassionate beings. Through the main theme of ‘Love is a verb’ we explore all the ways in which love as an action already shows up in our lives, and all the ways we could, if we choose, find more space for it.

Raiyah Butt opens our themed section by writing about how self-love is an act of political will, not self-indulgence. We meet a professional climber putting his love of Nature above his climbing ambitions, and learn from a modern Sufi in America, Omid Safi, that taking care of the natural world is one of the three core tenets of the Qur’an.

In our Connected Life section Annabel Heseltine dives with the Biospherians bringing life back to the coral reefs in Bali, and we celebrate the ceramic sculptures by artist Courtney Mattison that honour Indonesia’s coral reefs.

As AI takes ever more prevalence in our lives, neuropsychiatrist Iain McGilchrist warns of the dangers of allowing left-brain thinking (and information) AI to dominate how our lives are run in our Feature Story ‘The Matter with Things’.

Throughout this issue we explore all the ways love as an act can manifest and we pay homage to the simple, yet powerful idea, that if you love something, you take care of it.


  • Acting Now for People, Animals and Planet: Joyce D’Silva
  • Stewards of the Biosphere: Annabel Heseltine
  • Tales of Urban Birding: Yasmin Dahnoun
  • The Matter with Things: Iain McGilchrist
  • The Qur’an of Nature: Omid Safi

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If you love something, you take care of it

Exploring all the ways love as an action can manifest


Community - News from the Resurgence Community

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Letters to the Editors - Letters to the Editor

A selection of letters to the Editor

Archive - Love Thyself

We need to love ourselves before we can love others


Ecologist Editor's Picks

Top stories from The Ecologist environmental news website

The New Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework

Reporting on the deal signed at COP15 which puts Indigenous rights on a new footing

Acting Now for People, Animals and Planet

CIWF activist on how we can all foster more loving compassion for all sentient beings

The Growing Threat to India's Pastoral Pashmina Producers

The climate crisis is among the key factors affecting goat herders in Ladakh

Connected Life

Stewards of the Biosphere

Biospherians are bringing life back to the coral reefs in Bali

A Sanctuary for Life's Exuberance

Introducing ceramic coral sculptures

Tales of Urban Birding

A day birdwatching in London with David Lindo

Feature Articles

The Matter with Things

Unravelling the dangers of allowing left-brained-thinking AI to dominate and run our lives

Love Is A Verb

Love in Action

Excerpt from the late bell hooks' acclaimed book All About Love: New Visions

Choosing Yourself By Choosing Community

Finding strength in the radical idea that loving your community is an act of self-care

How Love Changes Priorities

Professional climber Bernd Zangerl has learnt to put a love of Nature above his climbing ambitions

The Alchemy of Love

We must learn to love those we deem less worthy of our love

The Qur’an of Nature

Taking care of Nature is a core tenet of the Islamic faith

Wisdom and Wellbeing

Cooking With Love

Original recipes that celebrate the return of spring in the UK

How Did We Get Here?

Talking music and mental health with singer-songwriter Lizzy Hardingham

Art and Culture

...Kiss the Sky

Exploring what love in action really means through a play

The Dataset's Dream &

Artists and scientists explore themes of grief and hope around biodiversity recording and loss.


A Cry From the Heart

Review of Environmental Thought: A Short History

The Ties That Bind

Review of Landscapes of Silence: From Childhood to the Arctic

Nurturing With Nature

Review of The Wheel of the Year: Your Nurturing Guide to Discovering Nature's Seasons and Cycles

Reimagining Our Future

Review of Speculative Futures: Design Approaches to Navigate Change, Foster Resilience and Co-create the Cities We Need

Untameable Night

Review of Nightwalking: Four Journeys into Britain After Dark and The Darkness Manifesto: How Light Pollution Threatens the Ancient Rhythms of Life

A Shaky Moral Framework

Review of What We Owe the Future: A Million-year View

Humans Long to Connect

Review of On Belonging: Finding Connection in an Age of Isolation

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