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How “we the people” decide what we want, and how we get it.

N30 Global Day of Action on Climate Crisis N30 Global Day of Action on Climate Crisis
On November 30, the 10th anniversary of the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle, activists call for urgent action on the global climate crisis.
No Need to Wait (or Pay) for Climate Technology No Need to Wait (or Pay) for Climate Technology
by David Bollier
Did you think most clean energy technology is locked up by patent holders? The Global Innovation Commons lists thousands of energy-saving technologies already in the public domain.
Behind the Scenes of Seattle Behind the Scenes of Seattle
by Susan Gleason
WTO+10: An in-depth interview with Alli Chagi-Starr, a key organizer of the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle.
Using the Clean Air Act to Cap Carbon Using the Clean Air Act to Cap Carbon
Two environmental groups petitioned the EPA to use the Clean Air Act to cap carbon dioxide at 350 parts per million.
Why We Find It So Hard to Act Against Climate Change Why We Find It So Hard to Act Against Climate Change
by George Marshall
Solving the “It’s not my problem” problem. A psychologist on what keeps us from coming to terms with the climate crisis.
The Story of Cap & Trade The Story of Cap & Trade
by Annie Leonard
Annie Leonard's newest video asks tough questions about who cap & trade really benefits—and what effect it would really have on climate change.
7 Ways the Battle of Seattle Changed the World 7 Ways the Battle of Seattle Changed the World
by Fran Korten
Ten years later, the protests of 1999 are still having an impact.
Who's Polluting the Climate Conversation? Who's Polluting the Climate Conversation?
by James Hoggan
The money, CEOs, and Astroturf groups behind the climate deniers.
Climate Hero Kumi Naidoo Climate Hero Kumi Naidoo
by Kate Sheppard
Kumi Naidoo is building a global movement to force world leaders to adopt a binding agreement on climate change. He is executive director of Greenpeace International and has led TckTckTck, a global campaign for climate action.
Climate Hero Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins Climate Hero Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins
by Kate Sheppard
Green For All organizes minority and low-income communities to press for green jobs and mobilizes their grassroots power into a national force for an inclusive, clean-energy economy.
The "Battle in Seattle" at 10 The "Battle in Seattle" at 10
by Mark Engler
WTO+10: Did the 1999 protests against the World Trade Organization actually make a difference?
Growing Local: Interview with BALLE's Michelle Long Growing Local: Interview with BALLE's Michelle Long
by Brooke Jarvis
By working with local businesses, Michelle Long helped make Bellingham, Washington a national leader in urban sustainability. As executive director of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, she's taking her vision to cities around North America.
Buy Nothing Day Buy Nothing Day
by Berit Anderson
A non-holiday founded by a Vancouver office worker has become an international movement.
The WTO and the Myth of Activist Violence The WTO and the Myth of Activist Violence
by Rebecca Solnit
The people who have made our world through direct action have been treated as dangerous, even if they are revered when their radical acts are at a safe distance.
Waking Up to the Dangers of "Free Trade" Waking Up to the Dangers of "Free Trade"
by Fran Korten
WTO+10: When Fran Korten first started warning people about NAFTA, many had never heard of it. But the 1999 protests in Seattle showed that Americans were learning what many in the developing world had known for years: free trade agreements are not just esoteric rules about what goods can cross borders. They are about who rules—corporations or people.
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