The Tipping Point
Editor's highlights from the current issue of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine
"Change isn't easy, but it is possible. And you only have to look at the history books to see examples of real transformational change - from women getting the vote to the abolition of slavery. Great upheavals led to both the Industrial Revolution and the formation of the United Nations; more recently the digital revolution has transformed communications, commerce and lifestyles."
These are the words of Elaine Gilligan, Head of Programmes at Friends of the Earth who, in her article Signs of Change (see page 12) sets out the charity's five new transformational programmes designed to bring about the much-need Tipping Point that will force politicians, policy-makers and business leaders to take environmental issues seriously.
So, will 2013 be the year that see the Global Green Movement finally come together to reach – and pass – that Tipping Point? It's in our sights ...
Here’s a taste of what’s in this issue of Resurgence & Ecologist:
INVESTIGATION: BIG OIL
As Big Oil heralds a new era of sub-salt drilling - mainly off the coasts of Brazil and Africa - the disconnect between what oil and petrol companies say is happening in these regions and what is really going on is alarming and should worry us all, says Tanzania-based Thembi Mutch
A TURNING TIDE
He's Australia's first ever Chief Climate Commissioner and one of the contributors to the new book, Small World, Big Ideas which explores how 11 leading activists found their campaigning feet and what motivates them to carry on fighting for change. Tim Flannery tells his own story of activism and argues that although there is much to be done, we have already passed a turning point.
EXHIBITION: SEBASTIÃO SALGADO
Genesis is the new exhibition by the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado who has captured the last truly wild places on the planet. Arts writer, India Windsor-Clive discovers there is a message of hope behind his all-seeing lens.
To redress the damage being done to Nature, we need awareness of hard facts and a hefty dose of optimism, backed up with a plan of action on a national scale. Mark Cocker looks at an ambitious scheme in the Netherlands that is giving land back to Nature.
AN URBAN PILGRIMMAGE
The ever-changing social and natural history of our capital city is brought to life in The Green London Way - a newly reissued book that invites the reader to walk over 100-miles of London's mostly unknown tow paths, woodlands and commons. Botanist Jon Every took the message to heart, put on his walking boots and spent five days walking from 18 different routes that took him full circle from Stratford Station in the East End and back again. Read his heartening review.
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