Resurgence magazine is building a centre for environmental education, well being and the arts, and many thought leaders and environmentalists are rallying to support the cause.
Following this year’s closure of the Small School in Hartland, North Devon – founded by Satish Kumar in the 1980s integrating eco-spiritual values into the curriculum – Resurgence magazine (now called Resurgence & Ecologist) is planning a major revival of the building as a centre for education, environment and the arts.
Resurgence, hailed by The Guardian as “the spiritual and artistic flagship of the green movement”, has launched a‘Building for the Future Crowdfunder’ campaign to raise funds to completely refurbish the building. The revived centre will be used to facilitate a wide range of educational and arts events, festivals and community projects, as well as becoming a permanent new home for the Resurgence Trust, the charity which runs Resurgence & Ecologist magazine and its two websites (www.resurgence.org; www.theecologist.org).
A campaign goal has been set of raising £100,000 to cover the costs, and the deadline has now been extended to Wednesday 21st December (10pm). Many leading thinkers and change-makers who contribute to the magazine are rallying to support, including children’s author Michael Morpurgo; Tim Smit, co-founder of the Eden Project; TV presenter Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall; and Tony Jupiter, President of the Wildlife Trust.
Michael Morpurgo says: “It is time Resurgence had a home of its own! No publication has done more to raise awareness of the dangers to the environment of our throw-away society. Now we need to make it secure for the next 50 years.”
Tim Smit says: “Resurgence has been a tremendous force for good. It is absolutely vital that it is properly protected to thrive for another fifty years. I urge everybody to make a contribution as an act of solidarity and commitment.”
Guided by Satish Kumar – who edited the magazine for 43 years until August 2016 – Resurgence has evolved into an educational charity and movement for positive change with far-reaching impact. Today, the Resurgence Trust not only publishes Resurgence & Ecologist magazine and its two websites, but also serves as a wider educational platform for sustainability, social justice, wellbeing and the arts, hosting an expanding portfolio of events.
For the past 35 years, Resurgence’s small hard-working team has operated from a tiny rented barn conversation in Satish Kumar’s garden in the village of Hartland, North Devon. But, as the Trust’s work continues to expand, it needs a new home to safeguard its future and growing activities. The Small School’s buildings are in need of major renovation, as Satish Kumar explains:
“We want to make a new home for Resurgence in this much-loved space, continuing the spirit of the Small School and building a centre for education and the arts for future generations. The school buildings are in urgent need of renovation and unless we can find the funds, the community could lose them to private development. We want to save them from further decline and establish a thriving centre to serve the local community and continue our educational work in the wider world.”
In addition to covering the cost of restoring these historic buildings and providing a home for The Resurgence Trust, money raised from the Resurgence Crowdfunder will be used to develop some exciting educational and community projects at the new centre, including:
Satish Kumar says: “At a time when issues of peace and stability, the threat to our environment, social dislocation and division have rarely been so important, the work of Resurgence is a beacon of hope. Please help us to keep it alive, to help the process of building the better, more sustainable world we all want.”
For more information and to donate to the Resurgence ‘Building the Future’ Crowdfunder campaign, visit: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/Resurgencefuture
To watch Satish’s intro to the appeal, watch this video: https://vimeo.com/242043749
By Will Gethin