Satish Kumar

Satish Kumar

Satish Kumar has been the guiding spirit behind a number of ecological, spiritual and educational ventures around the world. He is editor-in-chief of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine and co-founder of Schumacher College, UK Satish is also on the panel of advisors of Bhoomi College.

This article, featured in the March/April 2007

Resurgence & Ecologist (Resurgence at the time) is reprinted courtesy of the Resurgence Trust.

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A new, updated edition of Satish Kumar’s book No Destination: Autobiography of a Pilgrim has recently been published by Green Books. It is available in the Resurgence online shop.

Samdhong Rinpoche is a wise man. He is a Tibetan Buddhist monk and was also the Prime Minister of the Tibetan government in exile. Thus he wonderfully integrates the spiritual with the political. Recently he was commenting on the meeting of political leaders in Bali where the problems of climate change were under discussion.

All governments gathered in Bali recognised the urgency of the problem of global warming and agreed that the protection of the biosphere is paramount. However, little agreement was reached on an effective programme of action.

If the green movement wishes to be radical and effective and wants to embrace a new paradigm of the future, then our work has to be based in harmony and  holeness incorporating spiritual wellbeing, artistic imagination, social cohesion and reverence for the whole of life. Through the observation and analysis, experiment and evidence, reason and logic of our great scientists, we know the truth of harmony and the laws of Nature such as gravity, Gaia, relativity and evolution.

For many years, before humanity became aware of the dangers of climate change, Wangari Maathai was advocating the planting of trees. Her work was based initially in her home country of Kenya in order to redress the imbalances created by the imposition of a Western paradigm of progress on a country and people whose inherent wealth and wisdom went unrecognised.

Excerpts from a talk by Satish Kumar at the ‘Be the Change’ Conference on Food, Health and Climate Change, organized by Bhoomi Network in December 2009 at Bangalore.

The Credit crunch and the Nature crunch provide an opportunity to redesign our money system and our economies in such a way that we can restore the well-being of human community as well as the Earth Community.

The credit crunch has shaken the stock markets and banks around the world but according to George Monbiot “this is nothing”. He says that this crisis is petty compared to the crisis of nature crunch.