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One Earth, One Humanity, One Future: Resurgence celebrates 50 years

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Resurgence magazine, The Resurgence Trust is staging an exciting three-day event, entitled One Earth, One Humanity, One Future, from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th September 2016, at Worcester College, Oxford. Here at the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) we are proud to be one of the organisations supporting this event. In this post, we would like to congratulate Resurgence on a fantastic 50 years and highlight some of the wellbeing-related speakers we’re excited to see at their upcoming anniversary event.

One Earth, One Humanity, One Future Event

The event organised to mark 50 years of Resurgence magazine – now called Resurgence & Ecologist – looks set to be an amazing experience. The line up - of inspiring talks, thought-provoking conversations, stimulating panel discussions and stirring performances - will offer ideas and practical suggestions relating to ecology, social justice, and wellbeing, and will show the interconnection between many important contemporary issues.

The 50-plus speakers booked for the event include Green MP Caroline Lucas (pictured below); spirit and science author, Fritjof Capra; activist and campaigner for farmers' rights, soil and seeds, Vandana Shiva; author and public speaker Charles Eisenstein, Master of Emmanuel College Fiona Reynolds, environmentalist Jonathon Porritt and Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury. We are looking forward to all this and more!

Many speakers will explore the topic of wellbeing directly and indirectly. For example, Jane Davidson will be speaking on The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act in Wales (a topic we recently featured here on our blog) and Jonathan Bate of Worcester College will talk about the contribution that the arts and literature can make to wellbeing. Plus, we are also pleased to see that wonderful Totnes-based Matt Harvey will be the poet-in-residence at the event! Overall, this looks like an event not-to-be-missed!

No Festival of Wellbeing this year

In recent years, we have really enjoyed being a part of Resurgence’s annual Festival of Wellbeing event in London. We have previously spoken at the event, conducted video interviews with many of the inspiring speakers, and last year we also ran the second day of the Festival. However, because Resurgence is hosting it’s big 50th anniversary event, there will not be a Festival of Wellbeing this year. Hopefully all those who usually enjoy coming to the Festival of Wellbeing will be able to attend Resurgence’s One Earth, One Humanity, One Future event instead.

UK’s longest standing green magazine

There is certainly a lot to celebrate at the upcoming anniversary event. Resurgence & Ecologist is the UK’s longest standing green magazine, and it has been an inspiration for many activists and campaigners. Longstanding supporters range from actress Joanna Lumley, to gardening guru Monty Don, to BBC political broadcaster Andrew Marr.

Demonstrating continued relevance to wide and varied audiences, Resurgence & Ecologist was also recently invited to join other green organisations accompanying rock musician Neil Young on his tour of Britain and Ireland, in order to share useful environmental material and information at Neil’s gigs. Neil Young has also recently launched a resource website, GoEarth.org, to support people wanting to live a greener life, based around the activities of the Global Village, which includes advice on living the good life in a joyful way that supports people and planet.

Green Pilgrimage

Celebrated peace pilgrim Satish Kumar – who has edited Resurgence magazine (Resurgence & Ecologist since 2012) for 43 years, and is also a NOW Trustee – will make an exciting 50-mile pilgrimage from the source of the River Thames to Oxford for Resurgence’s anniversary event in September. Satish makes this epic journey hot on the heels of his 80th birthday, as he celebrates his achievements as as one of the world’s longest standing editors, and hands over the role of Editor-in-Chief to current Resurgence & Ecologist editor Greg Neale.

Explaining the motivations behind his walk, Satish says, “there is no greener way of keeping your body and mind healthy and fit than walking. Walking needs no technology, no use of any natural resources. Walking is the best source of conservation. By walking we can minimise the use of fossil fuel and reduce the risk of Climate Change. Please follow our pilgrimage online on the Resurgence website in September and spread our message for One Earth, One Humanity, One Future.”

Join the celebrations!

Here at NOW we’re really looking forward to celebrating Resurgence’s 50th anniversary in Oxford. We will be there with a NOW stall for those who want to find out more about wellbeing and our work, so please do come to say hi if you’re at the event. For those who can’t make it along, keep an eye out on our video library, as we’ll be filming interviews with many speakers at the event.

To find out more and book tickets for Resurgence’s 50th anniversary event please click here. We look forward to hopefully seeing many of you there!

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