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Repair workers. The Endangered Repairman

Shannon Hayes   |   Nov 23, 2012

Getting your stuff fixed instead of throwing it away is good for the environment as well as for your bank balance. So why is this craft dying out in America?   MORE »



Connect With Your Family Across the Table—and the Political Divide

Joan Blades   |   Nov 21, 2012

Is it possible to gracefully navigate the potential minefield of political discussions at family gatherings? Suspending judgment, looking for common ground, and speaking from the heart can help. After all, these are people you love.   MORE »



YES! Magazine’s Green Holiday Gift Guide

Nov 21, 2012

Our guide to gifts that are thoughtful, fun, creative, and sustainable: Including tips, how-tos, books, and more for earth-friendly celebrating this year and beyond.   MORE »



I Am Grateful That Thorns Have Roses: 11 Reasons to Remember Thankfulness

Nov 20, 2012

Studies show that gratitude has an inverse correlation with depression—the more grateful you are, the happier you are. Eleven thinkers, throughout the ages, on why being thankful matters.   MORE »



PEOPLE POWER  

Walmart workers strike. Walmart’s Summer of Discontent Explodes in Black Friday Strikes

Cecilia Garza   |   Nov 22, 2012

Over the past year a diverse coalition of groups representing Walmart workers have broken decades of silence and united to confront the company. Now, organizers expect more than 1,000 strikes on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.   MORE »



NEW ECONOMY  

TPP negotiations. Can a “Dracula Strategy” Bring Trans-Pacific Partnership into the Sunlight?

Lori Wallach   |   Nov 21, 2012

A highly secretive trade agreement aims to penalize countries that protect workers, consumers, and the environment. Luckily, the growing opposition goes beyond the usual trade justice suspects.   MORE »



PEACE & JUSTICE  

Israeli tanks. Can U.S. Citizens End Israel’s Legal Impunity?

Stephen Zunes   |   Nov 20, 2012

Each time international law has attempted to censure Israel for its recent violations of human rights, the United States has stepped in to stop the process. If anyone is in a position to do something about this, it’s the U.S. public.   MORE »



PLANET  

Photo by Shutterstock. BP’s Civil Fines Could be 10 Times Larger than Record Criminal Penalty

Signe Predmore   |   Nov 20, 2012

The $4.5 billion oil giant BP has agreed to pay out for criminal misconduct related to the Deepwater Horizon spill is too small to change the company’s business model. Yet more and bigger payments are likely to come.   MORE »



Photo by Vladimir Konovalov To Change Our Direction, It’s Time to Follow Nature’s Lead

Sarah van Gelder   |   Nov 19, 2012

It takes humility to recognize that what we’ve called progress isn’t always for the better. Sometimes nature’s original idea was a better one.   MORE »



Photo by Paul Dunn From Soap to Cities, Designing From Nature Could Solve Our Biggest Challenges

Sven Eberlein   |   Nov 19, 2012

Can a boat be designed to clean the water? How does a spider manufacture resilient fiber? We need products that don’t harm us or the environment, and nature’s already done the research.   MORE »



VIDEO OF THE WEEK   

Is Time With Family Better Than Shopping?

Nov 21, 2012

Video: This Black Friday, celebrate your favorite non-shopping activity with this invitation from The Story of Stuff Project.   MORE »
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