Students as Citizen Diplomats
by Brendan ClarkeJun 03, 2008
- Since 1986, Bainbridge Island, WA, has maintained a strong relationship with its sister city Ometepe, Nicaragua. Instead of just learning about foreign relations, students and teachers forge their own personal connections. Here are their stories.
Has Your Town Declared Peace Yet?
by Ben Manski, Karen DolanMay 22, 2008
- Ben Manski and Karen Dolan show how local communities have quit waiting for the federal government and are making their own foreign policy
Reclaiming Corn and Culture
by Wendy CallMay 22, 2008
- NAFTA was sold as a win-win. After 14 years of losing, Mexican farmers are making their own trade rules—fair ones.
Just the Facts: Foreign Aid vs. Military Spending
by Noah GrantMay 22, 2008
- The U.S. spends piles of money on foreign aid, right? See how the spending actually stacks up. The U.S., with 300 million people, gives away $23.5 billion in non-military aid to developing countries. But the 333 million people in the next four countries spend almost double: $44.7 billion. Meanwhile, we account for 48% of the world’s $1.47 trillion spent on the military. And we’re tops per capita, too.
A Potential Ally in Fighting Consumerism
by Dale Jiajun WenMay 22, 2008
- A Potential Ally in Fighting Consumerism, by Dale Jiajun Wen shows that China, like the U.S., is discovering the dangers, eco-stresses, and human costs of a consumer-oriented lifestyle—and like in the U.S., some in China are creating alternatives.
Africa’s Own Needs Should Come First
by Emira WoodsMay 22, 2008
- Rising prices make African oil a tempting prize. But African leaders are resisting U.S. plans to militarize the continent, saying their resources should be used to alleviate poverty.
The Green-Collar Jobs Campaign Teaching Toolbox
by Jing FongMar 10, 2008
- The Green-Collar Jobs Campaign Teaching Toolbox offers a five-part series of lesson plans designed for use in high school classrooms. These interactive activities explore key themes surrounding Green-Collar Jobs Campaign's work, including: the green economy, eco-equity and eco-privilege, model cities, and restorative justice. We've identified compelling YES! articles to support teaching with these activities.
The First Women Barefoot Solar Engineers of the World
Feb 14, 2008
- This 10-minute video tells the story of the first woman barefoot solar engineers in the world. “This is a true story about ordinary heroes. A story of very simple women who have made an extraordinary difference in their own community…”
The Story of Stuff: The Bigger Picture
by Jing FongFeb 04, 2008
- Take a look at our YES! articles to support teaching with The Story of Stuff. Use these stories to get your students thinking and talking about the golden arrow of consumption, our identity as consumers, the purpose of an economy, what makes us happy, globalization, and what a just and sustainable world could look like.
YES! Picks :: Argentina, Turning Around
by Melissa Young, Mark DworkinFeb 04, 2008
- From the producers of "Argentina: Hope in Hard Times" comes this intimate view of the new models of work, politics and community development that are now underway, as people re-invent their society to offer a better life for all.
Update :: Enlightened Banking
by Brooke JarvisFeb 03, 2008
- We are cheking on our favorite stories. Has the promise of the initiatives we covered in past issues turned into reality? Discover where ShoreTrust Bank is today.
Bring Fair Trade into Your Classroom
by Jing FongFeb 01, 2008
- How students can tell big companies like World's Finest Chocolate that they demand an end to abusive child labor practices, and that they want to buy products that are Fair Trade Certified.
Unions, Churches, & Schools
by Doug PibelFeb 01, 2008
- Two new groups in the state of Washington are melding an awareness of the urgency of climate change with the organizing tools of the Industrial Areas Foundation to produce jobs that employ young people and can’t be moved overseas.
Green Jobs for All
by Ian KimFeb 01, 2008
- The Green Jobs Act of 2007 addresses both the climate crisis and the poverty crisis by investing in green-collar job trainng.
China Goes Climate Cool
by Anna FaheyJan 29, 2008
- Last summer, Chinese President Hu Jintao toured the country in short sleeves to show that people could turn their air conditioners down. Despite much bad press, in China conservation is "in."