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Building a Just and Sustainable World   February 2008

YES! Magazine Cover issue 45
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Stop Global Warming Cold

Dear Reader,

The argument is finally over about whether climate change is a global threat. We now know that some of the impacts are coming more quickly than expected. NASA climate scientist Jim Hansen says we have 10 years to turn things around. The question now is what can we do? What solutions are up to the scale of the crisis?

The Spring 2008 issue of YES! takes that question head on. How much do we need to cut back, and what changes in our homes, communities, and regulations will be enough?

Using a combination of the best science plus an assessment of the most powerful actions available, YES! shows that solutions are within reach. We can make the shift to renewables, phase out reliance on coal and oil, get much more efficient about our energy use, and change some well-worn habits—the solutions are ready.

And we've done it before. When this country mobilized for World War II, car factories converted to making tanks. Women went to work building ships. People recycled rubber and metals and planted victory gardens. It will take a mobilization at that scale, coupled with a commitment to global fairness, to rise to this global challenge.

This issue of YES! shows what it will take. If you aren't already a subscriber, get this issue as the first in your subscription.

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Keeping Up with the Joneses: One family’s year-by-year guide to a carbon neutral lifestyle. See how the Jones family eliminates the bulk of their carbon footprint.

Web Special: the work of the Barefoot College

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The Barefoot College in Tilonia, India, was founded with the conviction that solutions to rural problems lie within the community. See the work of the Barefoot Photographers in our photo essay of sustainability in action.

Watch video of the First Women Solar Engineers in the World and learn more about grassroots solar training, solar powered schools, and water harvesting that really works.

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