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Satish Kumar

Editor Emeritus, Resurgence and Ecologist Magazine

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A former monk and long-term peace and environment activist, Satish Kumar has been quietly setting the global agenda for change for over 50 years. He was just nine when he left his family home to join the wandering Jains, and 18 when he decided he could achieve more back in the world, campaigning to turn Gandhi’s vision of a renewed India and a peaceful world into reality. Inspired in his early 20s by the example of the British peace activist Bertrand Russell, carrying no money and depending on the kindness of strangers, Satish embarked on an 8,000-mile peace Pilgrimage to the then leaders of the world’s four nuclear powers.

In 1973, Satish settled in the United Kingdom taking up the post of editor of Resurgence magazine, a position he held for 43 years, until his 80th birthday in 2016. He now holds the title of Editor Emeritus. He was the guiding spirit behind a number of now internationally respected ecological and educational ventures including, Schumacher College in South Devon, where he is still a Visiting Fellow.

His autobiography, No Destination, first published by Green Books in 1978, has sold over 50,000 copies.