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Ecological Footprint Calculator

Take the Ecological Footprint quiz to measure your impact, and explore solutions to leave a kinder, gentler impression on Mother Earth. Bonus: K-12 Climate Change Week activities

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Monarchs and Ballerinas: How Butterflies Turn My Students Into Earth Heroes

Minnuette Rodriguez teaches biology at the Julian E. Blanco Specialized Ballet School in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2012, she started a small butterfly nursery to help her students strengthen their connection to nature. As students watch the butterflies’ transformations from egg to adult, Minnuette watches her students transform themselves. This is Minnuette’s story.

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Alternative Currencies Are Bigger Than Bitcoin: How They’re Building Prosperity From London to Kenya

The Brixton Pound, Koru Kenya, and Mazacoin are all attempting to achieve a common goal: empowering people in a monetarily unequal world, from the bottom up.

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3 Rad Vegan Chefs Share Their Inspiration (and Recipes!)

And agree that healthy, sustainable cooking can still be delicious and enjoyed by all.

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New Economy

Do Corporations Really Need More Rights? Why Fast Track for the TPP Is a Bad Idea

We can have democracy and a prosperous, just, and sustainable human future. Or we can have corporate rule. We cannot have both.

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New Economy

Craigslist Saved 5M Tons of Stuff From Landfills—And 4 Other New Stats on Local Economies

Exactly how much difference do “new economy” organizations make? Economists looked into it, and here are a few of their results.

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People Power

“The Internet Is My Lifeline”: Hip-Hop Artist Jasiri X on the FCC’s Net Neutrality Vote

The political artist from Pittsburgh speaks about the importance of the Internet and social media in making the voices of low-income people of color heard.

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When the Grandmothers Awoke

Becoming a global family, one that unites ancient indigenous wisdom with other faith and cultural traditions, is essential if humanity is to overcome the crises of climate change.

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"Letting Go of Worry" Middle School Winner Leah Berkowitz

Leah Berkowitz is a student at West Valley City School in Spokane, Washington. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine online article "Life After Worry" by Akaya Windwood. Read Leah's essay about replacing worry with bravery.

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"Letting Go of Worry" High School Winner Rechanne Waddell

Rechanne Waddell is a student at Cypress Springs High School in Cypress, Texas. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine online article "Life After Worry" by Akaya Windwood. Read Rechanne's essay about the impact that worry has on her and her family.

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"Letting Go of Worry" University Winner Noah Schultz

Noah Schultz is studying for a double major in human development and sustainability through Oregon State University's online program. He read and responded to the YES! Magazine online article "Life After Worry" by Akaya Windwood. Read Noah's essay about the role that worry has in his relationship with his father.

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"Letting Go of Worry" Powerful Voice Winner Melanie Fox

Melanie Fox is a student at Orchard View Charter School in Sebastopol, California. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine online article "Life After Worry" by Akaya Windwood. Read Melanie's essay about how a person's worries can define them, for better or for worse.

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"Letting Go of Worry" Powerful Voice Winner Carolina Mendez

Carolina Mendez is a student at Foundations Venture Academy in Stockton, California. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine online article "Life After Worry" by Akaya Windwood. Read Carolina's essay about how letting go of worry helped her deal with the effects of Vitiligo, an autoimmune disease affecting skin pigmentation.

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Akaya Windwood's Response to "Letting Go of Worry" Essay Winners

Akaya Windwood responds to the winners of the Winter 2015 "Letting Go of Worry" essay competition.

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"Letting Go of Worry" Powerful Voice Winner Margaret O'Neil

Margaret O'Neil is a student at Casey Middle School in Boulder, Colorado. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine online article "Life After Worry" by Akaya Windwood. Read Margaret's essay about replacing her worry with gratitude.

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"Letting Go of Worry" Literary Gems

We received many powerful essays for the Winter 2015 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.

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Happiness

Forget Dystopian Fiction: This New Novel Explores Being a Modern Teenager Waiting for the End Times

In Bryan Bliss' debut novel, 16-year-old Abigail's family follows a charismatic preacher to San Francisco, where they live in a van to wait out the apocalypse. But if you believe completely that the world is coming to an end, what do you do when it doesn’t?

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Planet

Women Over 65 Own Nearly a Third of Iowa’s Farmland—Can They Prevent the Next Dust Bowl?

So many older women are inheriting farms that some experts believe training them in land conservation may be society's best bet in protecting the food supply.

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We're Young, Passionate, and Bent on Justice: Why #BlackLivesMatter Is Irresistible

The people dying are moms and dads, kids and teenagers, nerdy, quiet boys and girls. This movement is showing what wholeness looks like and demanding an uncompromised justice.

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New Economy

These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They’re Renting to Bakers and Brewers

Though the model is new and small, it holds outsize potential for the many neighborhoods whose downtowns are controlled by faraway landlords or retail chains.

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New Economy

These Cities Built Cheap, Fast, Community-Owned Broadband. Here's What Net Neutrality Means For Them

Publicly owned broadband lets local communities from Iowa to Louisiana control a vital economic resource—rather than leaving it in the hands of a few monopolistic corporations. The outcome of this week's FCC vote could either help or hinder the path forward.

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New Economy

Students for Economic Pluralism, Unite! How College Kids Are Taking on the “High Priests” of Money

After years of work as a climate activist, Keith Harrington decided to get a degree in economics. Now, he’s working to transform the field.

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From Warrior Cops to Community Police: A Former Chief on How We Can Turn Back the Tide of Militarization

Police in America belong to the people—not the other way around. Former Seattle police Chief Norm Stamper on how we can turn militarized cops into neighborhood-oriented officers, responsive to community needs.

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People Power

“We've Known What Police Brutality Feels Like”: Pussy Riot’s Tribute Song to Eric Garner

In a new music video, two members from Russian punk band Pussy Riot get dirt shoveled over their faces and are buried alive. It's powerful and disturbing to watch.

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New Economy

Local Food With a Big Twist: Oregon Super-Cooperative Takes Aim at the Corporate Food System

This co-op south of Portland wants to strengthen the local food system by helping local farmers cooperate instead of compete with one another.

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Why We Need a New—and Old—Relationship With Our Living Earth

More and more people have come to understand that behaving as if they hold all rights to Earth’s bounty amounts to an eighth deadly sin.

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People Power

Is the Maker Movement About Hacking Society—Or Just Hardware?

At feminist hackerspaces, members are less interested in digital trespassing than in developing a safe community for experimenting, creating, and collaborating.

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Bigger Than Science, Bigger Than Religion

We’re closer to environmental disaster than ever before. We need a new story for our relationship with the Earth, one that goes beyond science and religion.

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Will the Elder Boom Spur a Caring Revolution? Ai-jen Poo’s Inspiring Vision

We need to shift the stories we tell ourselves about the value of elders, the care they need, and later life itself.

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Letting Go of Worry

What is one worry you’d like to throw away? What would you replace your worry with, and what would you—and possibly those around you— gain by not having that worry in your life?

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About Student Writing Lessons from YES! Magazine

Use the YES! article, prompt, and sample essays in each writing lesson to bring the real world to your classroom—and to take your students’ writing to a new level.

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Digital Empathy

What are some ways—digital or otherwise—that you get strength and support to fight world suck with awesome?

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Restorative Justice

Do teachers and administrators at your school discipline students with dignity? Or with disrespect?

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Support for Veterans

Whether or not you agree with war, how might you welcome a war veteran home and support his return to community life?

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Simple Living

If you simplified your life, what things would you get rid of or use less?

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Genetically Modified Food

Do genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in your food concern you?

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