Get your activist feet wet with our how-to list for saving water; learn how to get past powerlessness from Frances Moore Lappe; meet the Interfaith Amigos; get the YES! Take on the BP Oil Spill; see the latest multimedia picks, and enter our latest cartoon caption competition
Forward This Email to a Friend Subscribe to YES! magazine Renew your subscription to YES! magazine

VIEW AS A WEB PAGE           SHARE   Share this email with your Facebook friends    Share this email on Delicious    Share this email on Digg    Share this email on StumbleUpon    Share this email on Reddit   

  Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions         July 2010 


umbrella 6 Simple Ways to Bring
the Water Revolution Home



Get tight with your water budget,
live large on dishwater, save some rain,
and get your activist feet wet (really).


number 1 Crunch those water numbers
If you want to get serious about saving water, create
a chart to record your daily water use and measure your
conservation progress. To start off, you’ll need to figure out
how much water you’re using on a daily basis.  
MORE…
number 2 Second life for dishwater
If you live in the U.S., you probably use about 50 gallons of water per day to bathe and wash dishes and clothes. The resulting “graywater” is great for watering plants. If everyone reused their graywater, our households would suck one-third less water from rivers and aquifers and reduce their wastewater by 60 percent!   MORE…
number 3 Don’t flush it away
Americans flush 4 billion gallons of treated, drinkable water down the toilet each day. But there are other ways to get rid of your waste. For instance, composting toilets are safe, use virtually no water, and, if properly maintained, produce no odors.   MORE…
number 4 Grow a water-friendly backyard
You can turn your yard into a water-friendly garden. Richly composted organic soil stores water, keeping it out of storm drains when it’s rainy and saving water when it’s dry.    MORE…
number 5 Catch the rain
In an average year, enough rain falls on even a small roof to meet all of your basic water needs, and then some—but much of that water disappears down city storm drains. Catch your rain, and you can save water and reduce the load on your city’s storm system. Rain barrels are the simplest method.   MORE…
number 6 Cozy up to your creek
You want to protect your local waterways, but you’re not sure where to start. How healthy is your river? You can check it out for yourself.   MORE…
6 ways to bring the water revolution home



:: SHARE THESE
6 SIMPLE WAYS
WITH FRIENDS

Tweet this email Share this email with your Facebook friends
:: NOT YET A SUBSCRIBER TO YES! … ?
Take us up on this introductory offer to subscribe today, starting with
the Water Solutions issue. Just $15 for a year of YES! (regular price $24),
plus an extra issue free.

:: PEEK INSIDE THE WATER SOLUTIONS ISSUE
spacer
  Frances Moore Lappé looks at redefining power and taking it back…  
spacer
Why Power is Not a Dirty Word. Frances Moore Lappe's article in the Water Solutions issue of YES!
trees illustration
Why Power is Not a Dirty Word


Why are we as societies creating a world that we as individuals abhor? It’s a mind-bending question.

Then what is preventing us from moving toward the world that almost all of us want? My short answer is that we feel powerless. We feel powerless to act on what we know.

What if there were a wholly different way of seeing the challenge that gets at the very root of our powerlessness, and is grounded in the latest science?   READ ON …

spacer
:: GETTING A GRIP 2
Frances Moore Lappé speaks about her new book to YES! staff and friends at the home of the Kortens, April 2010.
spacer
:: UN Calls for Climate Friendly Diet
Frances Moore Lappé welcomes the recent report, and reminds us that global food problems are about justice, not scarcity. We also need to rescue our food system from corporate control.
spacer
spacer
spacer
  What’s New Online…  
spacer
What else could we do with all of the energy we put into worrying? Photo by txd flickr.com/photos/txd spacer Diaspora logo spacer Clothesline. Photo by Chiot's Run. flickr.com/photos/chiotsru spacer Man holding grapes. Photo by leedav. flickr.com/photos/leedav
spacer
Life After Worry
A few years ago, Akaya Windwood made a decision not to worry. Ever. So how’s that working out for her?

spacer Better Than Facebook
Fed up with Facebook’s commercialism, four NYU students have created an open source, peer-to-peer alternative: Diaspora.

spacer Live Dangerously: 10 Easy Steps
When Shannon Hayes made a list of easy steps for becoming a radical homemaker, she didn’t realize just how revolutionary they were.

spacer How to Share Time
When dollars are scarce, timebanks help neighbors swap skills instead. What would life be like if everyone’s hours were equal?

spacer
spacer
  Responding to the Gulf Disaster…  
spacer
Photo by Chandler Williams. modusphotography.com

The BP Oil Spill is one of the greatest environmental disasters in history. These YES! pieces offer strategies for resilience, restoration, and building a world beyond oil.
spacer

  Photo by Kris Krug. kriskrug.com/photography
spacer
  photo icon “Action is the
 Antidote to Despair”

A photographer bears witness to the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
spacer
:: New Heroes in the Fight Against Big Oil
The Hands Across the Sand movement: How one Florida restaurant owner has organized a force against offshore drilling.
spacer
:: What Are People Doing About the Gulf Disaster?
Anger at the BP oil disaster has turned into action. Here are some of the things Americans are doing.
spacer
:: John Francis: Walking Away From Oil
When an oil spill coated birds in San Francisco Bay 40 years ago, he quit driving. Then he quit speaking. Madeline Ostrander asked him what he learned in that process that can help us deal with the BP oil spill.
spacer
ALSO SEE…
spacer
:: Bearing Witness: Chris Jordan on Art, Grief, and Transformation
Photographer Chris Jordan’s latest project left him feeling grief and hopelessness. Now he wants more people to discover how productive those emotions can be.
spacer
spacer
  The Interfaith Amigos   
spacer
Rabbi Ted Falcon, Pastor Don Mackenzie, and Sheikh Jamal Rahman, known collectively as “The Interfaith Amigos,” have been learning and teaching together since 2001. Their focus is on who we are, not what we do or don’t have. They blog regularly for YES! Magazine: enjoy their latest thoughts below …

'Love Your Self' paving stone in Los Feliz. Photo by DonnaGrayson. flickr.com/photos/donnagrayson
spacer People gathered to protest the BP oil company in Bloomington, Minnesota. Photo by Fibonacci Blue. flickr.com/photos/ fibonacciblue
spacer Steering the boat back to shore. Photo by eqqman  flickr.com/photos/eqqman
The Roots of Compassion
by Sheikh Jamal Rahman
To be compassionate toward others, we first have to learn to be merciful with ourselves.
spacer Beyond the Blame Game
by Rabbi Ted Falcon
How can we step into the experience of the other and learn that true dialogue is possible only when blame is shared?
spacer Back to Shore
by Pastor Don Mackenzie
A drift from substance is a recurring pattern in religious life. What will it take to call ourselves back to the essentials?
spacer
spacer
  YES! Monthly Cartoon Caption  
spacer
New YES! Cartoon Write a caption for this month’s YES! cartoon. Winning entries will be posted online, and the funniest will be printed in YES!

YES! Mac Doctor Cartoon

Enter the competition.

“There’s no app for heart surgery.”
The best captions for this cartoon.

spacer
spacer
  Did you miss…  
spacer
Highlights from recent newsletters:

YES! Email Newsletter archive :: DAVID KORTEN: 5 Ways to Know if You’re Making a Difference  
How to tell if your actions are helping to build the new economy: locally-based,
community oriented, and devoted to creating a better life for all.


:: Ancient Traditions Keep Desert Waters Flowing
New Mexico’s acequias still function as a tool to preserve and share scarce desert water.

:: Rethinking the Meaning of Work  
Growing renewed relationships with our food, homes, and communities requires hard work. Let’s embrace dirty hands.

spacer
Free! David Korten's new book... with a 3-year subscription to YES! Magazine
spacer
spacer
YES! Magazine logo
  How to Get More YES! 
spacer YES! Magazine covers
$15 SUBSCRIPTION
Get a year of YES! Magazine for just $15.
Plus a bonus issue.
spacer
NON-PROFIT. INDEPENDENT. SUBSCRIBER-SUPPORTED.
YES! Klean Kanteen YES! KLEAN KANTEEN®
Instant Inspiration*
(*Just Add Water)

Support our work and support the planet too with the healthiest, safest bottle you can get.
DAVID KORTEN’S AGENDA…
3 ways to get David Korten’s new book, before it hits stores.
David Korten's Agenda for a New Economy 2nd edition
spacer
  YES! But How? 
spacer
Sandwich bags Step Away From the Plastic Bag
“My lunch embarrassed me. While my colleagues unpacked glass jars of noodles and opened cans of soup into ceramic bowls, I ate carrots out of a plastic sandwich bag—hidden in my tote. I had plastic guilt…”
spacer
:: MORE GREEN LIVING ADVICE
spacer
spacer
  Web Picks  
spacer
Video Jonathan Zittrain speaking at the TED conference VIDEO

The Kindness of Strangers
Jonathan Zittrain gives reason to hope for the future of the Internet.

Graywater system in action
Graywater Guerrillas
Learn how to reuse graywater, harvest rainwater, and install composting and dry toilets.

Danny Glover Let’s Reclaim Our Country
Actor and activist Danny Glover talked with Sarah van Gelder at the USSF about the power of social movements.


The founders of CheatNeutral.com
Cherish The Planet, Don’t Cheat On It
Think carbon offsets are absurd? So do the creators of cheatneutral.com, where you can pay to “offset” your infidelity.

spacer
Audio icon Film still for The Good Soldier FILM

The Good Soldier
Five war veterans tell their stories… challenging the notion that war is lawful, and instead, advocating for peace.


Photo PHOTO ESSAYS

Detail from Chris Jordan's E Pluribus Unum
We Are Many
A striking depiction of one million organizations working for a better world: Chris Jordan captures our Blessed Unrest.

Rozy Bathrick's portrait of Nikki Henderson, executive director of People's GroceryYouth Portraits of Eco Heroes
A group of students from Berkeley created portraits of their eco heroes.

Maya in front of her home, holding purple handspun yarn.
Development Redefined
Bangladeshi activists promote development that’s rooted in indigenous knowledge and community values.
spacer
spacer
  Spread the Word   
spacer
The Summer 2010 edition of the YES! Education newsletter: our 'Greatest Hits'
KNOW A TEACHER WHO MIGHT WANT TO LEARN ABOUT YES!?

Share our Summer “Greatest Hits” newsletter with every teacher you know. It’s a great introduction to the work of our free YES! education program.
spacer
spacer
YES! is published by the nonprofit Positive Futures Network   ::  www.yesmagazine.org
284 Madrona Way NE, Suite 116, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110-2870, USA  ::  Phone: 206-842-0216

   Subscribe today with this offer   |   Contact YES!

   We never sell or share our email list. To remove yourself from this list, go back to your email and click the unsubscribe link at the top.
   Manage your email subscriptions  |  If this email was forwarded to you, sign up for your own YES! newsletters