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.

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
How to Get Carbon-Free in 10 Years
by Brooke Jarvis, Doug Pibel
Meet the Joneses. They are your average U.S. energy consumer. And they decide to do their part. Watch how they go carbon neutral in a decade… and then try it yourself.
Claim Your Piece of the Sky—It's Going Fast
by Peter Barnes
A descending economy-wide carbon cap can become the single best tool to fight climate change. But not if it can generate large private windfalls. Peter Barnes on how to cap carbon right.
Connect and Engage :: Consumption
by Jing Fong
Resources to accompany the January/February 2008 Education Connection newsletter on The Story of Stuff and Consumption: Facing the Future, The Center for Ecoliteracy, UNESCO, and Redefining Progress.
Appalachia—Down a Greener Road
by Madeline Ostrander
In Appalachia people have learned that going green isn't all about what you have to give up, but it can make your life richer. The Central Appalachian Network hatched hundreds of new businesses, and inspired many more to a shift to local, organic sales.
The Solution on our Dinner Plates
by Guy Dauncey
Farm industries create 18% of global greenhouse gases, the solution to lowering that lies in eating vegetarian, eating local, and more.
The Secret Life of Plug-In Cars
by Sherry Boschert
Plug-in hybrids and electric cars can run on wind or solar power, and driving an all-electric vehicle cuts greenhouse gas emissions by up to 65 percent. A cool car review from Plug In America.