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Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions   May/June 2010

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Dear Reader,

The beginning of summer marks the start of dry weather in many parts of the country. California is struggling with ongoing water woes. But even where it’s usually rainy, like here in the Northwest, we’re facing future water worries: Climate scientists predict that warming weather will mean less mountain snow to recharge our rivers and water supplies.

As population grows, so do demands on our water ecosystems. Experts believe that in the decades ahead we’ll face a water crisis that is worse than the coming energy crisis.

The new issue of YES Magazine! shows another way forward—stories of communities and individuals learning to live within their water means, take care of their water supplies and waterways, and keep water accessible for everyone.

If you’re not already a subscriber, make The Water Solutions issue the first in your subscription with this special introductory $15 offer.

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Highlights from the New Issue of YES! Magazine
Will There Be Enough? Sandra Postel's article in the Water Solutions issue of YES!

How Can We Change Our Water Habits?
by Sandra Postel
Climate change could be disastrous for U.S. water supplies, which we're damming, drilling, and pumping beyond capacity. How can we change our water habits to work with nature and keep water flowing?


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The acequias of New Mexico are communal irrigation canals, a way to share water for agriculture in a dry land. Photo by David Bales Ancient Traditions Keep Desert Waters Flowing
by Arturo Sandoval
What we can learn from centuries-old traditions. New Mexico’s acequias—communal irrigation canals—still function as a tool to preserve and share scarce desert water.
Just the Facts: Water Footprints
How much water do we use? More than any other country, it turns out. And we could save a lot.
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Restored Red Clover Creek on California's Feather River. Photo by Jane Braxton Little
Restoring the Wild
by Jane Braxton Little
As climate change diminishes snowpacks, restored mountain ponds offer a source of water.
Interns from Tishman Environment and Design Center at New York City's New School learn organic farming methods at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. Photo by Matthew Sussman/ The New School
Food in Dry Times:
Organic Farming is Still the Answer

by Frederick Kirschenmann
Growing food in a future of droughts, floods, and storms? The answer lies in the dirt.
Urban Wilderness
Images from Eddee Daniel's photoessay Urban Wilderness from the Menomonee River watershed in Milwaukee

“Ten years ago, after joining Milwaukee Riverkeeper, I decided to explore my local watershed. I wanted to try to think outside the box or, in this case, the usual civil boundaries that define urban and suburban geographies. What I discovered was an experience of nature that both surprised and delighted me.”
—Photographer Eddee Daniel

Thinking Like a Watershed…
Eddee Daniel explores an unfamiliar truth: not only is nature present in the city, but also the city is inseparable from nature. What he has found in the Menomonee River watershed in the Milwaukee metropolitan region of Wisconsin is something that Daniel says can exist in every American town and city, something with universal implications, something intangible, even paradoxical: an urban wilderness.

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Citizens United vs Citizens United …
The preamble and beginning of the original Constitution, in the rotunda of the National Archives, in Washington, DC. Photo by Mr. T in DC. flickr.com/photos/mr_t_in_dc/4249886990/

Marquee of the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, Calif. Photo by David Gans Real People v. Corporate “People”: The Fight is On

The Supreme Court says corporations can spend as much money as they want on political advertising. Millions of Americans say they’ve had it.
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:: CITIZENS UNITED COVERAGE
How can we get our democracy back?


Rep. Donna Edwards The 28th Amendment
In the wake of the Citizens United decision, Rep. Donna Edwards believes a change in the Constitution can protect democracy from a corporate takeover.
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:: READ SARAH VAN GELDER’S INTERVIEW

What’s New Online
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While the increasing costs of a college degree have not seen an increasing return, the penalties for not going to college are steeper than ever. Photo flickr.com/photos/hmocopymonkey/2653462361/
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DIY U
Alternatives to Higher Education
As the price of college skyrockets, a new book looks to “edupunk” alternatives.
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by Shannon Hayes
Growing renewed relationships with our food, homes, and communities requires hard work. It's time we embrace dirty hands.
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Arizona’s immigration law offers us a choice between two longstanding traditions in U.S. history: fighting for human rights or looking away while they’re eroded. Which side will you be on?
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Did you miss…

Newsletter archive Highlights from the last newsletter:

:: IT’S EVERYBODY’S WATER   Slideshow: All living things need water.

:: Making a Difference Makes You Happy
    New studies find that activism brings greater life satisfaction.


:: WATERSHED MOMENTS
 
   Steward our watersheds, share the water fairly, and live within our means. Here’s what sustainability looks like.

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“We are all water babies. It’s never too late to save the world. Wherever you are, take care of the water—if you really want to live.”
Agnes Baker Pilgrim

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People We Love
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:: DIANA LOPEZ
Growing Roots of Change for community
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:: MYRIAM MERLET
In memoriam: a Haitian feminist
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:: DONNA EDWARDS
Standing against corporate power
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:: MONICA BEEMER
Advocating for the homeless
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Video Image from the video The Beaver Solution VIDEO

The Beaver Solution …
is an alternative to concrete dams in areas with little summer rain. Learn how.


Image from the film The Story of Bottled Water The Story of Bottled Water
Should you be worried about your tap water? Yes, but not for the reason you expected.


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A retired history teacher seeks answers for—and solutions to—the damage humans have wrought on the oceans.
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