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NEW ECONOMY

A fair economy that works for people and the planet.

Reclaiming Corn and Culture Reclaiming Corn and Culture
by Wendy Call
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 Just the Facts: Foreign Aid vs. Military Spending
by Noah Grant
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 A Potential Ally in Fighting Consumerism
by Dale Jiajun Wen
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 Africa’s Own Needs Should Come First
by Emira Woods
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 The Green-Collar Jobs Campaign Teaching Toolbox
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 The First Women Barefoot Solar Engineers of the World
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…”
Barefoot Photographers :: Photo Essay :4:
The Story of Stuff: The Bigger Picture The Story of Stuff: The Bigger Picture
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 YES! Picks :: Argentina, Turning Around
by Melissa Young, Mark Dworkin
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 Update :: Enlightened Banking
by Brooke Jarvis
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 Bring Fair Trade into Your Classroom
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 Unions, Churches, & Schools
by Doug Pibel
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 Green Jobs for All
by Ian Kim
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 China Goes Climate Cool
by Anna Fahey
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."
Interview with Maude Barlow Interview with Maude Barlow
by Maude Barlow
Maude Barlow, chair of Council of Canadians, and international campaigner on water and climate change, talks about successes with major international campaigns on trade and water, and how climate change will affect and be affected by these issues. She draws lessons from those struggles for effective action on the climate crisis.
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