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Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions December 2009
As we put together the new Climate Action issue of YES! Magazine, my fellow editors and I wrestled with concerns about what the future will look like. Climate change is happening much faster than scientists predicted even a few years ago.
President Obama and other world leaders head this month to international climate negotiations in Copenhagen. I think about my niece, born days after we went to press: Our nation’s actions now will determine whether she’ll grow up to find a world wracked by droughts and hurricanes, food shortages, and security crises, or a safe world that offers opportunities for her to have a happy and healthy life.
Fortunately, such decisions aren’t just up to our political leaders. This issue of YES! tells you why stopping climate change is even more urgent than you may have realized and offers ideas for breaking the political stalemate and creating a green economy. It shows how you can step up, be a hero, organize in your community, educate others, and get politically involved.
Highlights from the Latest YES!
WTO 10 Years On...
The WTO protests 10 years ago changed the way people all over the world understand globalization, poverty, and the power of protest. We asked some of the key figures involved, “What has been the legacy of the 1999 Seattle protests?”
:: 7 WAYS THE BATTLE OF SEATTLE CHANGED THE WORLD by Fran Korten
:: THE “BATTLE IN SEATTLE” AT 10 by Mark Engler
:: THE WTO AND THE MYTH OF ACTIVIST VIOLENCE by Rebecca Solnit
:: THE MEANING OF SEATTLE: TRUTH ONLY BECOMES TRUE THROUGH ACTION by Walden Bello
:: THE WORLD TURNED OUT IN SEATTLE by Anuradha Mittal
:: ONE MORE THING SEATTLE’S WTO SHUTDOWN TAUGHT THE WORLD by Sarah van Gelder
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MUSIC YES! Music for Winter
Have a listen to Steve Earle, Mari Boine, and Richard Shindell.
I Give Thanks
Kathryn Mostow’s song, inspired by Margaret Mead’s famous quote.
The Yes Men Fix the World
Follow the Yes Men as they bluff their way onto the national media to draw attention to corporate shortcomings.
VIDEO The Piano Staircase
Can something as simple as fun change people’s behavior for the better?
SLIDE SHOWS Citizen’s Direct Action Training Camp
Activists share skills, strategies, and stories to solve the climate crisis.
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