BBC marks 50 years of Resurgence

Resurgence magazine in 2007 - 'at the heart of earth, art and spirit'

Resurgence magazine in 2007 – ‘at the heart of earth, art and spirit’

BBC Radio 4 has marked the 50th anniversary of Resurgence, Britain’s  longest-running environmental magazine, with an episode of Costing the Earth entitled ‘Spiritual Greens‘ in which:

‘Tom Heap talks to some of its most famous contributors – and their critics – to take stock of what the last half century of green activism has – and hasn’t – achieved in Britain’

The programme includes an interview with Satish Kumar, who stepped down as editor in May after 43 years in the chair to run the Resurgence Trust, which now publishes the magazine and its websites.

Kumar, now 80, is a former Jain monk, who in 1962 started out on an 8,000-mile walk from India to Moscow, Paris, London and Washington to promote nuclear disarmament.

Mathematician, philosopher and peace activist Bertrand Russell on the cover of Newsweek in 1962

Mathematician, philosopher and peace activist Bertrand Russell on the cover of Newsweek in 1962

The idea for the walk was sparked by the philosopher Bertrand Russell whose promotion of civil disobedience to protest against atomic weapons was influential in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) in the late 1950s, through to the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp that was set up in 1981 and lasted though to 2000.

The magazine was founded in  May 1966 by John Papworth but has struggled for most of its life. Three years ago, it took over long-time rival the Ecologist, which was founded in 1970. The titles merged in 2012. The alternative technology magazine Undercurrents was taken over by Resurgence in 1982.

Resurgence started out in the peace movement and has been described as the artistic and spiritual voice of the green movement with a list of contributors that ranges from EF ‘Small in Beautiful’ Schumaker to James ‘Gaia’ Lovelock and the Dalai Lama.

All 634 issues of Resurgence since May/June 1966 are archived at Exact Editions.

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