Preview of the Animals issue of YES! Magazine: The Emotional Lives of Animals and a video peek inside the issue. Plus Civil Disobedience on Trial, The Economics of Happiness, The Story of Citizens Utd. Our recent crop of Food articles, and the best multimedia.
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  Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions         March 2011 


Funny pictures showing just how alike humans are to animals. Photos from iStock.com

In this newsletter, a preview of the new issue of YES!
Can Animals Save Us?
What They Teach Us About Being Human


Too often, we forget the biological truth that humans are an animal species, too. Our culture treats animals as food, pets, pests, property, and curiosities. We’ve spoiled their habitats, endangering tens of thousands of species and our own future. If we learn to understand animals, we can protect and restore the planet we all share.

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The Emotional Lives of Animals

Grief, friendship, gratitude, wonder, and other things we animals experience…

Scientific research shows that many animals are very intelligent and have sensory and motor abilities that dwarf ours. Dogs are able to detect diseases such as cancer and diabetes and warn humans of impending heart attacks and strokes. Elephants, whales, hippopotamuses, giraffes, and alligators use low-frequency sounds to communicate over long distances, often miles; and bats, dolphins, whales, frogs, and various rodents use high-frequency sounds to find food, communicate with others, and navigate.

Many animals also display wide-ranging emotions, including joy, happiness, empathy, compassion, grief, and even resentment and embarrassment. It’s not surprising that animals share many emotions with us because we also share brain structures that are the seat of our emotions. In many ways, human emotions are the gifts of our animal ancestors…

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Animal Footprints. How many can you identify?
  Civil Disobedience on Trial…  

How does the United States try cases of civil disobedience? Defendant Tim DeChristopher on how much has changed since the founding fathers.

Tim deChristopher. Photo by Daphne Hougard


Utah Student Knows Real Value

Tim DeChristopher talks to Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! about how he stopped the auctioning of drilling rights in pristine Utah wilderness.

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The Power We Do Have

Tim DeChristopher went on trial this week facing two felony charges for disrupting a federal auction of oil and gas leases on public lands (by bidding $1.8 million he didn’t have on more than 22,000 acres of land, an action that got the auction results thrown out long enough for the Obama administration to rule the process illegitimate).

If found guilty, he faces up to 10 years in prison and $750,000 in fines. DeChristopher doesn’t regret his decision—in fact, he hopes a lot more people will follow their convictions to take direct, nonviolent action to stop climate change.


  “I knew I would probably go to jail, but my mindset was: ‘It’s worth it to keep this oil in the ground.’”
—Tim DeChristopher
 


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  Annie Leonard’s new film …  
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Why Democracy Only Works When People Are In Charge

Annie Leonard is back, this time with a pithy video that takes on the role of corporate power in American democracy. A year ago, the Supreme Court decided in Citizens United v. The Federal Elections Commission that corporations are persons with the right to free speech—including the right to spent unlimited money to influence the outcome of elections.

So what can be done about it?

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  How to be Happy…  

Image from the film The Economics of Happiness

“Localization is the Economics of Happiness”

We know what makes us happy—but too often our economic decisions stand in the way. YES! web editor Brooke Jarvis spoke with Helena Norberg-Hodge, director of The Economics of Happiness, about how to change all that.


“The number of Americans who say, ‘Yes, I’m very happy with my life’ peaks in 1956 and goes slowly but steadily downhill ever since.”

That’s environmentalist and author Bill McKibben, speaking in the new documentary The Economics of Happiness. While our Gross Domestic Product has increased quite a bit since the ’50s, our happiness hasn’t.

That’s the reality that’s leading more people (and, increasingly, governments, from Bhutan and Bolivia to Britain and France) to ask a very simple question: What’s the economy for, anyway?


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  What’s New Online  

'Tea-Party? How About the 'We-Party!' A protester's sign inside the Wisconsin state capitol rotunda on February 18, 201. Photo by Rob Chandanais. flickr.com/bluerobo Image from Fox News' Glenn Beck Show, showing Sarah van Gelder's 'Wisconsin, The First Step in an American Uprising?' article The Wisconsin capitol building was designed to encourage civic encounters, according to the Project for Public Spaces. Photo by Mike Martens. flickr.com/rofimike Buddhist monk meditating at the great pagoda in Ayutthaya, Thailand. Photo by echiner1. flickr.com/decadence

Time to Reclaim the American Dream
by Van Jones

Our country needs a national movement to defend the American Dream itself. And the fight in Wisconsin creates the opportunity to build one.

Dear Glenn Beck: It’s Not Conspiracy, It’s Courage
by Sarah van Gelder

Glenn Beck thinks the spread of protests is a little too convenient. But this is what happens when ordinary people discover their power.

People, Power, and Public Spaces
by Jay Walljasper

What the privatization of public spaces has to do with our likelihood of taking to the streets.

A Little Meditation Goes a Long Way
by Jason Marsh

A new study offers the strongest evidence to date that meditation can change the structure of your brain.

  Did you miss…  

YES! Email Newsletter archive Highlights from the last newsletter:

:: Colin Beavan: Advice From an Accidental Activist
How a regular guy found some super power.

:: Corporate Control? Not in These Communities  
Can local laws have a real effect on the power of giant corporations?


:: Wisconsin: The First Stop in An American Uprising?  
It took a while, but protests in Wisconsin show that poor and middle class Americans are ready to push back against the policies and cuts that hurt them most. Madison may be only the beginning.


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Joel Salatin. Photo by Mike McGregor Why Changing the Food System is Up to You
Foodie farmer Joel Salatin talks about how animals can help us restore our land and food if we honor them. Listen to this YES! interview.
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Some say that organic farming means going “backwards.” These farmers think otherwise.

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We Are Wisconsin
What convinces tens of thousands of people—including those whose rights aren’t directly on the line—to take to the streets and to occupy their state capitol around the clock? This beautiful video introduces you to the people making history in Wisconsin.
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