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The good life doesn't have to cost the planet.

Looking Backward: Economics and the Cult of Yesterday Looking Backward: Economics and the Cult of Yesterday
by Jonathan Rowe
GDP and productivity don't measure what's really going on in the economy—or in people's lives. Jonathan Rowe on measuring what matters.
Fight Climate Change: Live the Good Life Fight Climate Change: Live the Good Life
by Colin Beavan
Low-carbon living isn’t a sacrifice. Colin Beavan says it’s the good life.
Towns Rush to Make Low-Carbon Transition Towns Rush to Make Low-Carbon Transition
by Tara Lohan
More and more neighborhoods are making the transition to a climate-friendly community. Has yours?
Growing Local: Interview with BALLE's Michelle Long Growing Local: Interview with BALLE's Michelle Long
by Brooke Jarvis
By working with local businesses, Michelle Long helped make Bellingham, Washington a national leader in urban sustainability. As executive director of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, she's taking her vision to cities around North America.
Buy Nothing Day Buy Nothing Day
by Berit Anderson
A non-holiday founded by a Vancouver office worker has become an international movement.
The Piano Staircase - What Happens When We Make Choices Fun? The Piano Staircase - What Happens When We Make Choices Fun?
Can something as simple as fun change people's behavior for the better? The Fun Theory demonstrates this idea with recycling arcade, world's deepest garbage bin, and a piano staircase.
I Give Thanks I Give Thanks
An original song by Kathryn Mostow, inspired by Margaret Mead's famous quote, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Giving Thanks for What We Share Giving Thanks for What We Share
by Jay Walljasper
The sharing ethic of the commons is woven into American traditions.
My Exhibit ... In the Museum of Trash My Exhibit ... In the Museum of Trash
by Dave Chameides
To better understand his waste footprint, Dave Chameides stored all of his trash in his basement for a year.
The Season of Our Discontent: Poverty and Hunger in America The Season of Our Discontent: Poverty and Hunger in America
by Mark Winne
Just before Thanksgiving, the USDA has released alarming new statistics about hunger in America. How can we bridge the divide between abundance and scarcity?
A “Living” Built Environment A “Living” Built Environment
by Jason McLennan
What if buildings, communities, and infrastructure projects were designed to be beautiful, socially just, and as gentle on the environment as plants are?
Spoon Bread and Stuffed Eggs Spoon Bread and Stuffed Eggs
Two old-time recipes from The Food of a Younger Land by Mark Kurlansky.
Investing in the Right Relationships Investing in the Right Relationships
by Colin Beavan
Because we have invested so much in our relationships with corporations, community and familial relationships are weakened—to the point at which they can't provide sustenance when the corporate bond breaks.
Costa Rica Costa Rica
Susan Hardman photographs Costa Rica, which topped the 2009 Happy Planet Index. The Index takes into consideration factors such as a country's ecological footprint and life expectancies.
Charter for Compassion Charter for Compassion
Video: Ecumenical author Karen Armstrong wished for a Charter for Compassion, a yardstick for global empathy crafted from the input of tens of thousands of religious and secular people all over the world.
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