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Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions   December 2009

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I have exciting news to share about an opportunity for you to get a YES! take on current news.

Events happen every day in our areas of coverage, and many of you have asked for a YES! perspective in real time, as news happens.

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When Our Leaders Fail to Lead

David Korten   |  Dec 02, 2009

On Tuesday night, President Obama announced his decision to increase U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan. It was a tragic error. He specifically said that to compare Afghanistan with Vietnam is a misreading of history. In a way, I would have to agree. We ultimately left Vietnam in humiliation. Afghanistan is not comparable, because our prospects […]



Using the Clean Air Act to Cap Carbon

The Center for Biological Diversity   |  Dec 02, 2009

The Center for Biological Diversity and today petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to set national limits for carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas pollution under the Clean Air Act. The petition seeks to have greenhouse gases designated as “criteria” air pollutants and atmospheric CO2 capped at 350 parts per million (ppm), the level leading […]



Putting the Science of Happiness Into Practice

John de Graaf   |  Dec 06, 2009

There has recently been a boom in the study of happiness. Its practitioners include economists who believe that gross domestic product (GDP) is too limited a tool to measure the success of societies, psychologists and sociologists who feel that their disciplines have focused too much on neuroses and social problems and not enough on determining […]



The “Battle in Seattle” at 10

Mark Engler   |  Nov 30, 2009

Ten years ago this fall, Kevin Danaher, the bareheaded, white-goateed co-director of Global Exchange was making the rounds to student groups, encouraging young people to take part in upcoming protests against the World Trade Organization (WTO). He had worked up a theatrical pitch:

“How many people here were at Woodstock?” he would ask, and, with […]


Behind the Scenes of Seattle

Susan Gleason   |  Dec 02, 2009

An enduring legacy of the historic popular uprising against the WTO in Seattle, in late November of 1999, is the battle for the story. To Alli Chagi-Starr, a core organizer leading up to, and during, the November 30th, 1999 protest, several key elements have been continually left out of the story-telling about this landmark event […]



Looking Backward: Economics and the Cult of Yesterday

Jonathan Rowe   |  Dec 01, 2009

One reason that the nation has not made more progress toward an economic “recovery” is that the people in charge really don’t know what one would look like. The top economists in Washington don’t appear to have asked the obvious question, “Recovery of what—and for what?” Instead they have followed the old drill, tried […]


Growing Local: Interview with BALLE’s Michelle Long

Brooke Jarvis   |  Nov 29, 2009

Bellingham, Washingon is the nation’s leader in community green power, was named the number one small city in the nation in urban progress toward sustainability, and is home to businesses, consumers, and government programs that make creating a "local living economy" a priority.

As co-founder and director of Sustainable Connections, a non-profit network of nearly […]


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The Story of Cap & Trade

Annie Leonard   |  Dec 01, 2009

If you’re like me, an increasing amount of your worries these days focus on the rising levels of CO2 in the atmosphere and the resulting potential for devastating climate chaos.

Years ago, when I first heard about climate change, I figured someone else would work all that out while I kept plodding away with my […]


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