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Issue 240 • January/February 2007

There is no wealth but life

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Welcome

GREEN SUNDAY

Green Sunday: responding to the climate change crisis by keeping one day a week for the Earth.

40th Anniversary

EMERGING AND CONVERGING!

Celebrating forty years of Resurgence.

WE'RE IN THIS TOGETHER

If we view the world as an interdependent global village, we avoid taking action at our own peril.

Frontline

GREENING SPIRES •

An Oxford college has become the first in Britain to go carbon neutral.

NEGLECTED ASSETS •

Stuart Downward is helping urban communities to reclaim their lost rivers.

FROM WASTE BIN TO WORKTOP •

Britain's first fully recycled kitchen has arrived.

ART FROM THE RUBBLE •

The traditional craft of batik is helping people in Yogyakarta, Indonesia to recover from a tragic earthquake.

ZAPPING PLASTICS •

Alka Zadgaonkar has discovered a radical solution to the problem of waste plastic in India.

COSTA-ING THE EARTH •

Sociópolis is a radical new eco-development on the Spanish coast.

SMALL IS RADICAL •

A new solar-powered village at Tamera, in Portugal, aims to inspire globally.

LESSONS IN SUSTAINABILITY •

The St Francis of Assisi Academy in Liverpool is Britain's first eco-school.

Keynotes

THERE IS NO WEALTH BUT LIFE

Some new concepts and initiatives in the field of finance.

HOW WEALTH CREATES POVERTY

Despite 8% economic growth India has a third of the world's malnourished children.

REAL PROSPERITY •

It's time to create, invest and spend our money in ways that truly reflect our values.

SLOW MONEY •

If we do not wish to support economic growth that comes at the cost of biodiversity and peace, we must concern ourselves with the fundamentally violent impact of its speed.

GET A LIFE •

Realise that life is the best thing ever, and that you have no business taking it for granted.

VALUE AND MEANING •

Searching for a quality of inner experience that is as intense as our concerns about money.

Undercurrents

CAP AND SHARE •

A solution for climate change and poverty, based on an enforceable global emissions quota distributed in equitable shares.

THE 'CARBON-NEUTRAL' MYTH

Carbon 'offset' projects may salve our conscience but they won't solve the problem of global warming.

THE ROOTS OF VIOLENCE •

In order to be of help to those caught up in war and violence, we need to look deeply at the roots of war and violence in our own lives.

Regulars

A Sense of Place - SAINTS AND SHEPHERDS •

The ancient town of Chrission, on the island of Skyros.

Sensible Solutions - BUILDINGS AND BUSES •

New ideas to promote housing choice and smoother long-distance bus journeys in the UK.

Visionaries - NOAM CHOMSKY

The radical intellectual Noam Chomsky.

Recipes - HUMAN HIBERNATION •

Making use of the parts of vegetables we often throw away. Radish leaf dressing with early potatoes.

Notes From The Underground - BOTTOM-UPPY - GRASS-ROOTY •

A light-hearted look at forward-planning strategies.

Gardening - HEDGES AND EDGES •

Garden boundaries offer an opportunity to create beautiful, indigenous wildlife havens. Some plants for hedges and edges.

The Long View - THE NECESSITY OF WAR •

Indulgence in luxuries inevitably leads to war.

The Big Picture

The Himba women of Namibia cover their bodies in pigment to protect them from the sun. From Africa by Oliver Föllmi.

Letters to the Editors

The Arts

POETRY •

An anthology of new voices: Patrick Bond, Ann Williams, Janice Fixter, James Simpson.

PHYSICIAN •

Time spent in rarely touched terrain. A short story by Hayden Gabriel.

DISCOVERIES IN NATURE •

Norman Adams was a visionary painter of profound and intense relevance to our times.

AN ODE TO JOY

The Croatian artist Ivan Rabuzin depicts a life in which only beauty exists.

SHROUDS •

Yuli Somme creates soft and cocooning felted wool shrouds.

TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES •

Bare feet feel the Earth directly, as an extension of ourselves.

Reviews

In My Own Words: THE CORPORATION THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

Review of The global legacy of the East India Company.

CAN FREE TRADE EVER BE FAIR?

Review of Fair Trade for All: How Trade Can Promote Development by Joseph E. Stiglitz and Andrew Charlton. Free trade is not the route to fair trade.

AN AESTHETIC EMERGENCY

Review of Towards Ananda: Rethinking Indian Art and Aesthetics by Shakti Maira. The movement of the human spirit towards joy is the central purpose of all art and philosophy.

LAND'S END

Review of Painting at the Edge (ed.) Laura Newton and Making Waves by Ian Collins

EARTH AS SACRED COMMUNITY

Review of Evening Thoughts by Thomas Berry

LIFE IS WEALTH

Review of Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

BEYOND THE FAÇADE

Review of Green Places to Stay (ed.) Richard Hammond

WORKING FOR CHANGE

Review of The Ethical Careers Guide (ed.) Gideon Burrows

THE SURROUND SOUND OF SILENCE

Review of The Spirit of Silence by John Lane

WE PROTECT WHAT WE LOVE

Review of Spring Nature Activities for Children by Irmgard Kutsch and Brigitte Walden and Autumn Nature Activities for Children by Irmgard Kutsch and Brigitte Walden

THE ALCHEMY OF PHOTOSYNTHESIS

Review of The Secret Life of Trees by Colin Tudge

WRITERS ON TRIAL

Review of Literature and the Crime Against Nature by Keith Sagar

IN BRIEF &

Review of We Need to Talk about the Funeral by Jane Morrell and Simon Smith, Organic Places to Stay in the UK by Linda Moss, Ecovillages by Jonathan Dawson, Living System by Bruce Nixon, An Inconvenient Truth (dir.) Davis Guggenheim

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