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President Obama’s Climate Speech: Is It Enough? President Obama’s Climate Speech: Is It Enough?
by YES! online staff
Thom Hartmann and YES! executive editor Sarah van Gelder discuss the president’s speech on climate change. Is it a first step toward climate justice? Or is it too little, too late?
A Healing Walk through Canada’s Tar Sands Dystopia A Healing Walk through Canada’s Tar Sands Dystopia
by Clayton Thomas-Muller
Cree organizer Clayton Thomas-Muller provides a deeply personal account of a ceremonial healing walk through the broken landscape of Canada’s tar sands. This year’s walk begins July 4.
Will the 99% Outbid the Billionaires Trying to Buy the LA Times? Will the 99% Outbid the Billionaires Trying to Buy the LA Times?
by YES! online staff
A new player has joined the high-stakes bidding war over the Tribune Company, which owns some of America’s largest newspapers: the people of the United States.
Worker-Owned Window Factory Opens for Business Worker-Owned Window Factory Opens for Business
When the company known as Republic Windows and Doors closed its Chicago factory, the workers raised the money to buy back the company themselves. The worker-owned cooperative they formed opens today.
Big City Farmers Take to the Rooftops Big City Farmers Take to the Rooftops
by YES! online staff
Space is expensive in Brooklyn, so Gotham Greens built their urban farm on a rooftop.
For the Bullied and Beautiful
In this sometimes humorous and painfully true TEDTalk, Shane Koyczan's spoken-word poem, "To This Day," shares the anguish of being bullied and the will to survive.
A Portlandia Sendup of Tiny House Living A Portlandia Sendup of Tiny House Living
by YES! online staff
Portlandia’s Kumail Nanjiani visits a tiny house and asks some of the questions on everybody’s mind.
Remembering Chinua Achebe, Nigeria’s Master Storyteller Remembering Chinua Achebe, Nigeria’s Master Storyteller
by YES! online staff
The great Nigerian author and essayist Chinua Achebe died on Thursday in Boston. In this interview with Bill Moyers, first broadcast in 1988, he explains why “The storyteller has a different agenda from the emperor.”
Puget Sound Tribe Plans for Rising Seas Puget Sound Tribe Plans for Rising Seas
by Benjamin Drummond, Sara Steele
Video: The Swinomish tribe could lose up to 15 percent of their land on low-lying Fidalgo Island to climate-change related sea level rise. They’re working with planners to make sure they can survive—and thrive—in the region’s changing climate.
Oakland Youth Swap Fast Food for Fresh Food Oakland Youth Swap Fast Food for Fresh Food
by YES! online staff
Video: A group of young people in West Oakland are taking control of what they eat and using pedal power to bring local groceries to produce-strapped communities.
Neighborhood Chalkboard Reveals Secrets and Dreams Neighborhood Chalkboard Reveals Secrets and Dreams
TEDTalk by Candy Chang on connecting communities through art, sharing, and usable public spaces.
What a Wonderful World, from David Attenborough What a Wonderful World, from David Attenborough
A beautiful short film that will remind you it is, indeed, a wonderful world.
Animal Odd Couples Animal Odd Couples
Are animals capable of feeling emotions? PBS Nature shares evidence that humans are not the only ones on the planet who cares, loves, and empathizes. Meet five animal odd couples.
Writing Love Letters to Hundreds of Strangers “Absolutely Healed Me” Writing Love Letters to Hundreds of Strangers “Absolutely Healed Me”
To cope with intense loneliness after moving to New York City, Hannah Brencher offered to write an old-fashioned love letter to any stranger who needed one. She never guessed how many people she would ultimately reach.
20 Machines for a DIY Civilization 20 Machines for a DIY Civilization
Video: Open Source Ecology has released free plans for building tractors, brick compressors, and other essential machines. Why pay more for stuff that's designed to fall apart?
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