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Seed Savers Exchange
Seed Savers Exchange serves more than 11,000 members, and the public at large, through its mission to preserve the world’s diverse but endangered garden heritage for future generations. Founded in 1975, the nonprofit organization consists of a network of people committed to collecting, conserving, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants. Seed Savers houses its collection of 25,000 heirloom seeds on a 890-acre farm near Decorah, Iowa. The organization is the largest non-governmental seed bank in the U.S. Photos courtesy of Seed Savers.
Bamboo Bikes
The Bamboo Bike Studio in Brooklyn, New York, teaches students to build their own bamboo bicycles in one weekend. Workshop proceeds help finance bamboo bike factories in Ghana, Kenya, and Ecuador.
A Global Climate Wake-Up Call
On September 21, at over 2,600 demonstrations held in 134 countries, people urged their politicians to “wake up” to the threat of climate change and to create a fair, aggressive, and binding treaty during the final set of international negotiations in Copenhagen this December.
Let's Think Peace
Huong, an artist, peace activist, and former refugee who fled her native Vietnam in 1975, has painted her visions of war and peace for more than three decades. Of her latest project, Let's Think Peace, she says: “It is time that I leave this season of my grief behind ... I painted my life and my convictions onto these canvases. Now I take them outside and invite others to ‘Think Peace’ with me.”
PARK(ing) Day
One day a year, in cities throughout the country, parking spots take on a whole new meaning. Simply by paying the parking meter and rolling out some grass, residents claim these spaces as public parks—and have their say about how small but precious pieces of urban real estate are used.
Harvesting the Sonoran Desert
The Tohono O'odham Nation fights diabetes and obesity with a return to desert foods.
Reef-Friendly Anchors
Ocean hero John Halas teaches conservation groups in Vietnam and the Philippines to install the reef-friendly mooring system he invented. Photos by Judy Halas.
Tribal Journeys 2009
Canoes from Northwest tribes gather in Suquamish, WA, the destination of the 2009 Tribal Journeys and the historic home of Chief Seattle. The tribe set a new eco-standard by striving to make the week-long event waste free. Photos by Sarah van Gelder.
Direct Action Training Camp
“We train people to have strategic minds, not just strategic plans,” Adrienne Maree Brown instructs against a backdrop of water defense kayakers, direct action climbers, and political puppeteers. Brown, Executive Director of Ruckus Society, co-sponsored Localize This, a direct action training camp that took place July 2009 on Vashon Island, WA. Photos by Logan Price.
The Human Powered Home :: Photo     Essay The Human Powered Home :: Photo Essay
This photo-essay features images from Tamara Dean's book The Human-Powered Home: Choosing Muscles Over Motors. The book is a one-of-a-kind compendium of human-powered devices gathered from a unique collection of experts.
New Crop of Farmers New Crop of Farmers
Today’s young farmers are protecting the land and seeds, reclaiming farming traditions, and sharing abundance with family and community. Meet some of these young farmers in our photo essay.
Life in Iran
by Arash Shiva
Arash Shiva's beautiful photographs of daily life in Iran, taken in Fall 2007.
China Provokes Debate in Africa China Provokes Debate in Africa
by Walden Bello
Walden Bello examines China's input into the World Social Forum movement.
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