The UK’s trailblazing green magazine, Resurgence, celebrates its 50th anniversary this Thursday, 5th May, with a private event at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery in London, to be attended by leaders and activists from the green and social justice movements, who will gather to pay tribute to a magazine whose time has come. The once radical fringe magazine (now called Resurgence & Ecologist) – has become a leading voice for some of the crucial issues of our times.
“The celebration of Resurgence’s 50th anniversary is the celebration of 50 years of the green movement. The magazine has managed to flourish for the past five decades thanks to the good will and support of the environment and social justice movements across Britain and around the world. It is my hope that Resurgence & Ecologist will continue to be the flagship for these critical movements, helping to create an ecologically balanced and spiritually fulfilling future for humanity, for the next 50 years to come.”
Also on Thursday, the Resurgence website will also unveil the eagerly anticipated programme for its special three day 50th anniversary event at Worcester College in Oxford, 22nd-25th September, entitled ‘One Earth, One Humanity, One Future’; featuring 50 plus international speakers, the momentous event will share cutting edge ideas and inspiration for creating a fairer, more sustainable and resilient world.
Having begun life amid the hurly burly of ‘Swinging Sixties’ London and the backdrop of the Cold War – as a fringe publication sharing ideas for a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable world – Resurgence has survived and evolved where so many contemporaries have failed. The magazine, based in North Devon since 1979, has endured on a shoe string budget and without corporate support, because the ideas and issues it covers are increasingly relevant.
Bestselling wellbeing author, Deepak Chopra, says: “After 50 years at the forefront of the green and holistic movement, Resurgence is more relevant than ever – a font of inspiration for the future wellbeing of our planet, providing guidance for caring for ourselves, each other and the Earth and living close to nature.”
The new May/June issue of Resurgence & Ecologist marks 50 years since the magazine – originally titled Resurgence – was launched in 1966 by a small group of idealists amid the creative ferment of ‘Swinging London’. Other titles from that era have come and gone, but Resurgence has not only survived but has a worldwide reputation. Often described as “the spiritual and artistic flagship of the green movement”, its readers and supporters range from gardener guru Monty Don to the singer Annie Lennox.
The actress and campaigner Joanna Lumley says: “I’m thrilled that the Resurgence Trust is celebrating its 50th anniversary! It has been at the forefront of confronting issues such as factory farming for longer than I can remember. Time spent reading Resurgence & Ecologist is something that I savour. Always blissfully designed and presented, it challenges and inspires in equal measure.”
Today, the magazine is part of the Resurgence Trust, an educational charity. Having merged with fellow green trailblazer the Ecologist in 2012, the magazine now offers a strong coherent voice for the whole environment and social justice movements.
Greg Neale, editor of Resurgence & Ecologist, says the magazine’s 50th anniversary issue is “part-celebration, part rallying call to the future”. He added:
“We’re celebrating our first half-century with a range of articles marking the history of Resurgence, and we’re also looking forward, with prominent activists in various fields – including the environment, localism and social justice – writing on the challenges that face us. Over 50 years, Resurgence has helped draw attention to some of the pressing problems facing the world, and to potential solutions. At the same time, it has celebrated so much of what makes life worth living. We’ll continue to evolve this rich mix of reportage and commentary into our next half-century.”
Resurgence’s ‘One Earth, One Humanity, One Future’ 50th anniversary event in Oxford in September, will be held in partnership with Oxfam, UPLIFT, Network of Wellbeing and The Tedworth Charitable Trust. Speakers, performers and attendees are invited to celebrate Resurgence’s 50 years at the forefront of the green movement, and to look forward to the next 50 years.
The programme for the September event will be packed with a fantastic line up of international speakers – from Fritjof Capra, Vandana Shiva and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, to Lord Puttnam, Bruce Lipton and Rowan Williams. It promises to be extremely popular, so book quickly to secure your seats! (www.resurgence.org/R50event). The line up of inspiring talks, thought-provoking conversations, stimulating panel discussions and stirring performances will offer groundbreaking solutions relating to climate change, ecology, social justice, spirituality, the arts, and interconnecting contemporary issues.
Annie Lennox says: “Congratulations and heartfelt appreciation to Resurgence for 50 years of dedication to the cause of offering wise and sustainable alternatives to the ravages we confer upon this beautiful, tortured planet we call home. Love and gratitude.”
To order the 50th anniversary issue of Resurgence & Ecologist (May/June) in print or pdf format, visit: http://www.resurgence.org/shop/issues.html
Programme & ticket details for the “R50: One Earth, One Humanity, One Future” event in Oxford, 22nd-25th September, will be available on the Resurgence website from Thursday 5th May.