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  Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions         April 2011 

In this newsletter, more highlights from the SPRING issue of YES! Magazine,
“Can Animals Save Us? What They Teach Us About Being Human”


Sarah Kuck's article 'Wildlife Right of Way' in the Can Animals Save Us? issue of YES! Magazine
Wildlife Right of Way

For too long the Western world has tried to live separately from—or in opposition to—nature. Ignorance of the deep interconnectivity of life is dangerous not only for wolves, bears, and zebras but also for us. As our air and water grow dirtier and our soil thinner, animal species suffer, but ultimately so will humans unless we act. Rewilding offers a way to revitalize biodiversity, rebuild our environment, and reconnect on a large scale what has become disconnected: humans and natural landscapes.

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Photo by Amy Stein Photo DOMESTICATED

One photographer’s take on the mystery of the wild, and our constant efforts to tame it.


Photo by Natalie Manuel/Animus Photography animusphotography.com
What’s So Special About Humans?

We take for granted that humans have rights. Courts say corporations do, too. Now, there’s growing interest in rights for Nature and animals.

When the first abolitionists declared that slaves should be freed, their opponents argued that blacks were the property of their owners and giving them rights would cripple the American economy…

Today, similar claims are being made about a new effort to expand rights. But the recipients of these rights are not human beings—they’re animals and ecosystems. Advocates from Pennsylvania to Bolivia are using ancient traditions, new scientific research, and a growing body of legal scholarship to argue that society can and should recognize these rights.   MORE …


:: What If Orangutans Had Their Day In Court?
Environmentalists say nature should have legally recognized rights. But what does that really mean? Read this YES! interview with Cormac Cullinan, a leader in the rights-of-nature movement.
'I'm only a little squeamish about holding the pheasant Rone has just shot. It has the weight and feel of a feathered water balloon.' Photo by Allen Ballinger.
What’s the Harm in Hunting?

It’s an expression of our most fundamental relationship with nature, but can you really be moral and be a hunter, too? Our intern headed into the wild to find out.
Photo by Martin Klein
20,000 New Species Under the Sea

Who lives in the ocean? The world’s first census of the sea introduces thousands of new creatures, and the impact we’re having on them.


 
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No Impact Man illustration 42 Ways to Not Make Trash

Together with his family, Colin Beavan—aka No Impact Man—spent a year trying to live in the middle of New York City without having a negative impact on the environment. One of his first challenges: getting through everyday life without producing trash. Read his favorite tips and tricks.

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A boy at the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Photo by Kris Krug
Image from Tim DeChristopher's keynote speech at Power Shift 2011
Climate activists chanting at the Power Shift 2011 rally in Washington, D.C.  Photo by M.V. Jantzen. flickr.com/mvjantzen
The Law of Mother Earth: Behind Bolivia’s Historic Bill
A new law expected to pass in Bolivia mandates a fundamental ecological reorientation of the nation’s economy and society.
Tim DeChristopher: The Climate Movement Needs to Step It Up
Speaking at Power Shift 2011, activist Tim DeChristopher says it’s high time the environmental movement stop just making statements—and start taking a stand.
Power Shift: How the Youth Climate Movement is Changing the Game
YES! Interview: Jessy Tolkan: In the fight for the climate, students are leading the way.
  What’s New Online  

Community Garden Smiles, by gail m tang Building Bridges by Courtney Boulton Photos courtesy of Zakira Photo by Jobs with Justice

Don’t Get Fooled Again: Writing Our Own Economic Future
My neighbors and I know we can’t go back to the old economy. But what can we do to build a new one?

The World of Our Dreams
by David Korten
A stunning and hopeful truth: The world we must create in order to survive is also the vision that unites us.

The Refugee Child Photographers
How photography training and disposable cameras are giving young Palestinian refugees something new—a voice.

Vermont’s Bill: Is it Single-Payer Health Care?
A Q&A session to help demystify Vermont’s new health care bill.


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YES! Email Newsletter archive Highlights from the last newsletter:

:: Warrior Baboons Give Peace a Chance
Scientists have long said humans are naturally violent and, like other primates, can’t change. Then a trick of fate turned a troop of baboons into peacemakers.

:: 10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy  
Scientists can tell us how to be happy. Really. Here are 10 ways, with the research to prove it.


:: 10 Everyday Acts of Resistance That Changed the World  
Václav Havel called it “the power of the powerless.” How regular people, from Denmark to Liberia, have stood up to power—and won.


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Willow branches can be used to naturally propagate plants. Photo by Mirona Iliescu. flickr.com/photos/gorgeoux Propagating Plants
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GreenDeen by Ibrahim Abdul-Matin GreenDeen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet
A review by Jamal Rahman. How Islamic faith and environmentalism can be combined in everyday life.   

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How to Fight Fracking and Win
What started as one couple’s fight against gas drilling in their local park grew into a campaign to save more than 700,000 acres of Pennsylvania forest.

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National Treasures
How one Baltimore-born Motown veteran is preserving two of the country’s most precious resources: wild mustangs and at-risk children.  

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The Economics of Happiness
Why are we so lonely when we have so much? Beyond the unhappiness of a disconnected world are new—and very old—ways we can turn it around.

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Betty Udesen photo essay
The Teatime Series
How backyard hummingbirds gave a healing photojournalist a new lens on life.
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