Most Recent Articles - YES!

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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.
The Butterflies Are Alright: Why Monarchs Are Thriving (and Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
Portland's vote to stop new fossil fuel infrastructure, new legislation to protect butterflies, and why what we call ISIS matters.
Only 1 Percent of the Earth's Oceans Are Environmentally Protected
by Joe Scott, Tony Manno
How the majority of life on Earth lives under the sea, and 22 other facts about our world today.
How to Stop a Pipeline: The People Behind the Unist’ot’en Encampment
by Tony Manno
In British Columbia, a clan of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation has reoccupied its traditional lands in order to stop several proposed energy pipelines.
Gabor Maté: How to Build a Culture of Good Health
by Gabor Maté
Physical well-being depends on more than keeping our bodies fit. Emotions and the people who come into our lives matter just as much.
The USDA Is Putting $34.3 Million Into Local Food Projects. Will It Be Enough?
by Leah Penniman
Those in the food justice movement question whether the agency’s recent efforts are a superficial attempt to appear supportive of local food and minority farmers.
10 Reasons to Leave Your Company to Your Workers When You Retire
by Rob Brown
It’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity: Selling to employees can yield a better price, preserve a legacy, keep jobs and profits local—and maybe even eradicate inequality.
As Boomers Retire, Millions of Small Businesses Will Change Hands. Can We Keep Them Local?
by Alison Lingane
A “silver tsunami” of retiring business owners is coming, and with it, one of the biggest changeovers of privately held companies in U.S. history. Here’s how we can help owners pass on their legacies—to their workers.
The Economics of Compassion: Can This City Wipe Out Debt by 2019?
by Sarah van Gelder
A "Jubilee" initiative in Cincinnati aims to wipe out the debts of the city's poorest people. Theologian Walter Brueggemann explains the idea's biblical foundations.
Can Cities End the School-to-Prison Pipeline? Relentless Organizers Are Tallying Wins
by Marcus Harrison Green
“We have always said that this is a battle of imagination over incarceration.”
The Curious Case of the Antidepressant, Anti-Anxiety Backyard Garden
by Daphne Miller
Whether it's microbes in the dirt or fresh air—or both—researchers do know this: Gardening is strong medicine.
Energy Democracy: Inside Californians' Game-Changing Plan for Community-Owned Power
by Al Weinrub
Large utility companies control about 75 percent of the electricity market in California. A hybrid between a public agency and private utility, the new Community Choice program is a model for communities that want greener, cheaper energy.
3 Ways the TPP Will Hurt the Climate—If We Let It Pass
by Ben Lilliston
The next big trade deal is poised for a congressional vote in 2016. Here's what that means for the planet.
After Decades in a Food Desert, These Neighbors Are Building a $2 Million Co-op—And They Own It
by Liz Pleasant
For nearly 20 years, the residents of this mostly African American Greensboro community had nowhere to shop for food. They tried to attract a big-box grocery store; when that didn’t work, they started their own.
New Economy Week Starts Here
This week, we bring you five pressing challenges blocking our way to a better economy—and a dose of solutions.