Threshold Places

Issue 344 • May/June 2024

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The theme of this issue is threshold places, and by those we mean those unseen and often unnoticed places where change is already afoot but where ‘what was’ is not quite ended and ‘what will become’ has not yet arrived.

This is where the magic happens, but navigating these spaces – and thus change – calls for courage from us all. And more than that, it calls for shared beliefs and deep trust.

Every piece in this issue highlights some version of a threshold looming, being crossed or having been successfully negotiated. In her Slow Read article, Gail Bradbrook explores a liminal place in the world of activism and how Extinction Rebellion, which she co-founded, crossed a major threshold to generate mainstream awareness, and may yet need to cross another.

In his joyful rediscovery of Indian street art, Satish Kumar celebrates how life-affirming it is to cross the threshold that says we must engage with most art indoors and in hushed tones. In our main theme, we share the thoughts of the late Irish poet John O’Donohue on just why thresholds are so important, before we go on to explore two big rites of passage: birth and death.

In many ways, Resurgence & Ecologist is all about presenting humanity (and its relationship to the planet and all we share it with) sometimes showing smallness, and sometimes wonderful generosity, but with above all things our ability to see and hopefully honour what matters, even if and perhaps especially when we cannot capture or hold on to it, because that precarity is what makes life here so precious for us all.


  • The stars are for everyone: Fern Leigh Albert
  • Green & Away: Peter Lang
  • The edge of motherhood: Elizabeth Wainwright
  • The joys of a garden gone wild: Stephanie Boxall
  • Art as a way of being: Satish Kumar
  • Action, dreaming and determination: Edward Davey

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The courage to change

Navigating threshold places often calls for shared beliefs and deep trust


News from our Community

Resurgence Ripples - a celebration of positive action

Archive - The Grandmothers Speak

An extract from an article on The Grandmothers Wisdom Project, first published in Resurgence & Ecologist, January/February 2009

Letters to the Editor

A selection of letters to our editor


Editors' Picks

We share our top three stories from the news website focused on environmental, social and economic justice

The stars are for everyone

Reporting on the ongoing campaign to keep wild camping legal in Devon's Dartmoor National Park

Tipping points

Exploring the different pathways we can take to avoid reaching irreversible tipping points with climate change

STILL: The art of noticing

Artist's statement on how a long-term photography project focusing on found objects taught her how to see very differently

Connected Life

Primal Gathering

The tools of mindfulness, community, sharing and good nutrition can be used to practise, teach and support land regeneration

Green & Away

The story of Europe's first-ever environmentally sound outdoor conference centre - host to the annual Resurgence summer camp

Tennis vs Climate Change - advantage which?

Investigating how environmentally friendly the game really is and what more can be done

The Laurel stronghold

Sharing a deep love of an ancient forest ecosystem on the island of Madeira

Feature Articles

What now for our social and climate movements

Activist and co-founder of XR offers a new framework to adapt to help us co-create meaningful and lasting change

Threshold Places

On thresholds

The late Irish poet and philosopher reveals that what we will need to embrace and safely cross impending thresholds is trust

The edge of motherhood

New motherhood is a big threshold between independence and interdependence, and also an invitation to root in community

Healing from grief in a greenhouse &

Crossing the threshold into grief and an embodied understanding that we don't have all the time in the world to do what matters most

Tea, cake and death

Meeting the founders of the North Bristol Death Café, where nothing to do with this final threshold is off-limits

Wisdom and Wellbeing

The joys of a garden gone wild

From overwhelm to a place of deep joy in the wild garden

Freedom in the saddle

Reflections on how horse riding can open up new horizons for women

Return to earth

A poet and writer shares her exploration of 'The Feminine Path' back to ancient wisdom

Art and Culture

Poetry: Shifting sands &

Our poetry editors explore the thresholds between poetry and other forms of writing


Celebrating the power of textile art to tell our threshold stories of life, death, oppression, ancestry, inequity, joy and healing

Art as a way of being

Discovering the joy of life-affirming qualities of art outdoors as he explores a collaborative street art project in New Delhi

The role of Nature in fantasy storytelling

Revisiting Ursula K. Le Guin's fantasy novel A Wizard of Earthsea, whose environmental message is more relevant now than ever


Action, dreaming and determination

Review of Climate Capitalism: Winning the Global Race to Zero Emissions and The Price is Wrong: Why Capitalism Won't Save the Planet

Our universal connection to the stars

Review of Starborn: How the Stars Made Us - and Who We Would Be Without Them

Small but mighty wins

Review of Podcast: Imagining Tomorrow

How to plan beyond the rebellion

Review of If We Burn: The Mass Protest Decade and the Missing Revolution

Data-rich, but action-poor

Review of Not the End of the World: How We Can Be the First Generation to Build a Sustainable Planet

A seasonal thread of natural connections

Review of The Wild Remedy Journal: Finding Wellness in Nature

Worlds of meaning

Review of Thirty-Two Words for Field: Lost Words of the Irish Landscape

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