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.

A New Zealand River Has Human Rights. Now Will Modern Law Come to Its Senses?
by David Korten
Our system of law has the rights issue exactly backward. But humanity is slowly reawakening to the simple logic that Mother Earth’s rights must come before human rights.
Your Chocolate Might Have Survived This Fungus in Ecuador
by Meredith Rutland Bauer
Half of all cacao grown in Ecuador is ruined by a disease called frosty pod rot. But farmers, exporters, and chocolate-makers are finding sustainable ways to combat it.
How We Can Transition to a “Bottom Up” Economy
by Chuck Collins
Three ways to rewire the economy for equality and ecological sustainability.
Why Coastal Tribes Are Growing Clam Gardens That Look Like Asian Rice Fields
by Barbara Clabots
All along the Pacific Northwest, tribes have been forced to close productive shellfish farming areas due to pollution. But they’ve got a plan.
Our Best Shot at Meeting Paris Goals? Make Energy Public
by Sarah van Gelder
A new report finds public ownership is the best way for cities and towns to meet renewable energy and efficiency targets.
Banks Have Cut Funding for Fossil Fuels Projects 22 Percent
by Colby Devitt
But activist groups say that’s not enough: There’s no resting, even after divestment victories.
Reality Check: More Police Officers Don’t Equal Safer Neighborhoods
by Zenobia Jeffries
Earlier this year, activists launched a campaign called Freedom Cities to protect and uplift all people of color. (And, no, it doesn't include more police.)
The ACA Had Just Begun to Fix Rural America’s Health Care Inequality
by Claire Snell-Rood, Cathleen Willging
Rates of insured people in rural areas had reached almost 86 percent in early 2015.
The Montana Moms Who Decided Refugees Will Be Welcome in Their City
by Gabriel Furshong
Even in a conservative and rural state, Mary Poole and her book club felt Missoula was a good place for refugees. So they made it happen.
Debt Relief—Japanese-style—Could Work Here
by Ellen Brown
Japan has found a way to write off its national debt without creating inflation. Why can’t we do that?
He Bought a $500 House in Detroit. But It Was Never About the House
by Colin Beavan
A young white man discovered what transcends race and class divides among neighbors.
Nostalgia Isn’t Just an Escape—Science Says It’s Important for Coping, Too
by Krystine Batcho
The bittersweet benefits of yearning for the past.
No, I Won’t Stop Saying “White Supremacy”
by Robin DiAngelo
White people like me should use the term because it shifts the race problem to us, where it belongs.
Why Climate Change Belongs in the Health Care Debate
by Stephen Miller
We know climate change is affecting the environment—but it’s also threatening people’s health.
Thanks to Amazon, Brick-and-Mortar Stores Have Lost 295K Jobs
by Stephen Miller
And 32 other facts you should probably know.