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Guest blog: TEDx and Resurgence

Satish Kumar was our very first speaker at our very first TEDxExeter in 2012. He has kindly written a guest blog for us at the start of Resurgence magazine‘s 50th anniversary year.

 

It was my honour to give one of the first TEDxExeter lectures on Soil, Soul & Society. I have been editing Resurgence magazine for the past 42 years, although Resurgence has been in publication for the past 50 years. It is heartening that Resurgence has been exploring new ideas about sustainability, holistic science, spirituality and creativity and, similar to TEDTalks, Resurgence is also a forum for ideas and actions.

In the wake of the Paris Climate Change Conference the world needs actions. Climate change is only a symptom of our current human predicament, we have to look deep to find the causes of climate change. Of course it is easy to say that fossil fuel is the cause and therefore shifting to renewable energy will solve the problem. However, in my view we have to look deeper into the cause of climate change. We have to ask why we have become so dependent on fossil fuel and why we have an ever increasing demand for it?

It is because we have come to believe that economic growth is the ultimate goal of human life. This belief needs to be questioned. Of course, economy has a place but it needs to be kept in its place. All human beings have a right to a good quality of life which includes sufficient supply of food, clothes, housing, medicine and transportation but these needs have to be met within the limits of planet Earth which is finite. The finite planet cannot afford an infinite economic growth and therefore we have to shift our focus from the economic growth to growth in wellbeing and this shift is the focus of Resurgence.

Together with Resurgence, The Ecologist magazine was also a champion of environmental sustainability and in 2012 Resurgence and The Ecologist came together to be published as one magazine as Resurgence & Ecologist.

This year we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Resurgence with an event at Worcester College, Oxford from 22-25 September. Heads of Friends of the Earth, Green Peace, WWF, Green Party, Soil Association, Oxfam, Wildlife Trusts and Forum of the Future along with many movers and shakers, poets, artists, activists and entrepreneurs will be joining us in the celebration.

Resurgence & Ecologist is published six times a year, if you would like to receive a complimentary pdf version (please click here). Although the magazine is available on line it is also available in print – it is so nice to hold an actual copy in your hand and flick through the pages and glance over the beautiful images. You can request a free sample of print version by writing to Jeanette Gill, Rocksea Farmhouse, St Maybyn, Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 3BR.

Satish Kumar
Editor-in-Chief, Resurgence & Ecologist magazine
and author of No Destination