Most Recent Articles - YES!

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COP21: Meet 5 Everyday People Heading to the Paris Climate Talks
by Yessenia Funes
Activists, researchers, and an artist. For them, climate change is personal.
The "Honorable Harvest": Lessons From an Indigenous Tradition of Giving Thanks
by Robin Wall Kimmerer
What if this holiday season we fill our shopping baskets with only that which is needed and give something back in return?
5 Apps for the Sharing Economy (and Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
FDA approves genetically engineered salmon, gun control debates overlook the biggest group of gun violence victims—black men—and apps that might help you put old stuff to new use.
In Photos: Minnesotans Face Gunfire and Cold in 11-Day Occupation of Police Precinct
by Christopher Zumski Finke
In Minneapolis, demonstrators are demanding police release video of a fatal shooting of an African-American man. Earlier this week, five were shot by alleged white supremacists.
COP21: Why Science Will Make All the Difference
by Eric Rehm
Unlike at previous climate talks, countries are coming to the table with science-backed contributions that challenge the business-as-usual approach.
Can We End America's Massive Food Waste Problem?
by Karim Chrobog
Almost half of America's food is thrown out every year. Despite the popularity of things like local markets and farm-to-fork initiatives, the U.S. food system remains a heavily industrialized, wasteful business.
REI Will #OptOutside on Black Friday. Can It Change Retail (and the Economy)?
by Parag Rajendra Khandhar
All 143 REI stores will be closed on Black Friday. But what more can the co-op do to live up to its values and transform the conversation in the United States?
How College Students Are Resisting the Mental-Illness Stigma
by Donna Jackel
Student-led organizations are bringing mental illness into the light to lower the suicide rates of young people.
Portland Blocked Fossil Fuels, What Now?
by Arun Gupta
Turning the city's resolution into policies that protect health and safety is one fight that lies ahead. Another is forging a wall of resistance from San Diego to Vancouver, B.C.
As We Adapt to Climate Change, Who Gets Left Behind?
by Robert Jensen
A new documentary shows planning options to mitigate a new climate, but questions about the global South are largely ignored.
Video: How to Use What You Don’t Know to Your Advantage
by Liz Pleasant
Is intelligence really all it's cracked up to be? Author John Lloyd explains the value of ignorance.
These Kids Can’t Vote, But They Can Sue
by Araz Hachadourian
In Washington state, eight kids took the government to court to safeguard their future through stronger regulations on carbon emissions. Here's what they gained.
My Mom Fled War Too: Finding Compassion for Syrian Refugees
by Yessenia Funes
Like refugees everywhere, my mom gave her children the gift of a better life—and an understanding of what it means to risk everything for it.
Special Report: The First Nations Blockade That Could Shut Down the Tar Sands
by YES! Editorial
Journey with us to the Unis'to'ten camp, where one First Nations clan stands in the path of three pipelines.
Paris Attacks and Climate Change Push Us to Fix a World of Broken Systems
by Nafeez Ahmed
The rise of ISIS, the “war on terror,” the attack on Paris—these are symptoms of a civilization in its twilight. But the displays of global solidarity show that the seeds of a new paradigm are being planted.