Most Recent Articles - YES!

YES! has a positive solution-oriented focus. We reframe issues, reflect diverse human-scale stories, and offer tools for people to use and to pass along. Here are our most recent articles and blogs.

Readers Forum
Readers' letters from the Spring 2008 issue of YES! Magazine: 'Stop Global Warming Cold.' Topics include Readers' Climate Solutions, Hip Hop Creating Change, The Power of Peace, Our Common Skies, Saving Public Parks
YES! But How? :: Green Burials, Plastic Bags, and Rain Barrels
by Brooke Jarvis, Margit Christenson
Practical tips on green burials, rain water collection, and vegetable storage without plastic.
Teacher as Cultural Broker
by Jane Dalton
Understanding and interpreting the cultures of second language learners in our schools is growing increasingly difficult as our student population becomes more diverse. Jane Dalton reports on a weeklong renewal seminar at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT), where teachers were introduced to the culture of Latino and Hispanic students.
Bring Fair Trade into Your Classroom
by Jing Fong
How students can tell big companies like World's Finest Chocolate that they demand an end to abusive child labor practices, and that they want to buy products that are Fair Trade Certified.
Climate Solutions Resource Guide
How To Save the Climate: Organizations, Grassroots Action, Climate Crisis Library, and more ...
Welcome to a Different Planet
by Sarah van Gelder
Sarah van Gelder introduces the "Stop Global Warming Cold" Issue. Our Climate Solutions Special Issue lays out what it takes and where to find the technologies and policies that can get us there. And we look at the movement that is building around the climate crisis.
Pete Seeger Interview: How Can I Keep from Singing?
by Sarah van Gelder
At the age of 94, Pete Seeger has passed away. Sarah van Gelder interviewed him in 2007 on a life of music and the power of millions of small changes.
The Greatest Danger
by Joanna Macy
In the face of global warming it is hard to escape a sense of outrage, fear, despair. Author, deep-ecologist, and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy says that speaking the truth of our anguish for the world brings down the walls between us, drawing us into deep solidarity.
Unions, Churches, & Schools
by Doug Pibel
Two new groups in the state of Washington are melding an awareness of the urgency of climate change with the organizing tools of the Industrial Areas Foundation to produce jobs that employ young people and can’t be moved overseas.
Communities in Transition
by Doug Pibel
The Transition Town movement brings neighbors together to prepare their communities for a post-carbon world. And finds that "the future with less oil could be preferable."
Green Jobs for All
by Ian Kim
The Green Jobs Act of 2007 addresses both the climate crisis and the poverty crisis by investing in green-collar job trainng.
Mayors Stand Up
by Madeline Ostrander
800 mayors sign the Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, and followup with citywide programs to reduce carbon emissions.
Evangelicals Protect Creation
by Calvin B. Dewitt
Evangelicals and Climate Scientists join together to seek urgent action on global warming. Reverend Richard Cizik and scientist James McCarthy lead the way.
Youth Feel the Power
by Shadia Fayne Wood
Young people are creating the Youth Climate Movement, the Campus Climate Challenge, PowerShift 2007 and more, organizing to create a future that they will be living in.
Climate First Responders :: Leading the Way
Grassroots Climate Solutions: Youth organize and get ready to vote :: The Evangelical Climate Initiative merges faith and climate science :: Cities lead with climate-friendly legislation :: The Green Collar Revolution brings social justice into the picture :: Transition Towns build resilience :: Unions push for green buildings