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Photo Essays

New visions of the world we thought we knew.

Green Festival 2010 Green Festival 2010
by Kaitlin Bailey
YES! Magazine participated in the Seattle Green Festival June 5-6, 2010 to promote sustainable living and healthy lifestyles.
Youth Portraits of Eco Heroes Youth Portraits of Eco Heroes
A group of East Bay middle and high school students from Berkeley's Young Artists Workspace (YAWS) chose environmental heroes and each created their own unique artistic portraits.
It’s Everybody’s Water It’s Everybody’s Water
It's time we fall in love with the bundle of atoms that makes Earth possible.
The Biking Wittwer Family The Biking Wittwer Family
by Sara Cross, Travis Wittwer
Join Travis Wittwer for a day of bike commuting with his children in Portland, Ore.
An Urban Wilderness in Milwaukee An Urban Wilderness in Milwaukee
by Eddee Daniel
The Menomonee River watershed in Milwaukee is what Eddee Daniel calls an "urban wilderness", and it is something that should and can exist in every American town and city.
It’s Everybody’s Water It’s Everybody’s Water
It's time we fall in love with the bundle of atoms that makes Earth possible.
City Repair in Action City Repair in Action
Photo essay: City Repair helps people organize, design, and implement new, people-friendly visions for their communities—and reclaim the notion of “neighborhood” in the process. Here’s a collection of their best work.
Haiti: Aftermath of the Earthquake Haiti: Aftermath of the Earthquake
Photo Essay: Photographer Willie Davis offers a glimpse into the fallout of the Haitian earthquake, capturing the devastation and resilience.
Living Water Garden on the Fu and Nan Rivers Living Water Garden on the Fu and Nan Rivers
Photo Essay: A look at China's living water garden in Chengdu. This floating ecological living machine—a gorgeous botanical garden—is restoring open sewage canals.
Blended Nation: A Portrait of Mixed-Race America Blended Nation: A Portrait of Mixed-Race America
Photo Essay: Mike Tauber's 2009 book, Blended Nation: Portraits and Interviews of Mixed-Race America, features photographs of individuals alongside intimate interviews about their thoughts on what it means to be multiracial.
Eighteen Days in Tehran Eighteen Days in Tehran
Abdi Sami shares his visual diary from an 18-day journey taken in Iran in late October 2009.
Seed Savers Exchange Seed Savers Exchange
Seed Savers is the largest non-governmental seed bank in the U.S., housing a collection of 25,000 heirloom seeds for future generations.
350.org Weekend of Action: Global Mobilization on Climate Change 350.org Weekend of Action: Global Mobilization on Climate Change
Climate activists came together December 11-13 to hold candlelight vigils and rallies to show solidarity with the nations who suffer the earliest and most severe impacts of climate change.
350 Day of Action 350 Day of Action
350 might be the most important number in the world—which is why people around the world are finding powerful ways to make that number known.
Spontaneous Smiley Project Spontaneous Smiley Project
Ruth Kaiser, founder of the Spontaneous Smiley Project, sees smiles in everyday life. Here, she shares a few of her favorite spontaneous photographs.
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