People Power

Cancún: Changing the Climate Conversation
by Madeline Ostrander
Seven years ago, activists in Cancún started a powerful international movement. How can climate justice advocates have the same impact?
Don’t Compromise Social Security
by Doug Pibel
What the tax compromise could mean for the future of Social Security.
Change Comes From You and Me
by Fran Korten
The truly good news is that, over the nearly 15 years since YES! was founded, the number of positive, community-based initiatives has exploded.
At Climate Talks, an Answer Grows Outside
by Luis A. Ubiñas
In Mexico, communities own and manage their own forests, a proven method for reducing deforestation.
“Let Our Tax Cuts Go”
by Chuck Collins
Why some wealthy Americans aren’t happy to see their tax cuts continued.
How We Saved the Climate (and Ourselves)
by Bill McKibben
Bill McKibben imagines himself in the year 2100, looking back at a century of climate chaos and asking: What did it take to save the world?
In Mexico City, a Message for Cancún
by Laura Carlsen
Why peasant farmers in Mexico are taking the UN climate negotiations seriously.
Families In Hard Times
by Sarah van Gelder
Multigenerational households, same-sex partnerships, and stay-at-home dads: The Winter 2011 issue of YES! Magazine explores our changing sense of family.
We're Still Writing “For Colored Girls”
by Jamilah King
Why Tyler Perry's adaptation of the classic play matters.
Big Problem, Big Art
Photo essay: As climate negotiators meet in Cancun, activists the world over are reminding them of what’s at stake with some very big art.
When Crop Mobs Take Over
by Tina Chadwick
In Atlanta, city slickers have found a way to give back to the farms that feed them.
The Road to Real Health
by John de Graaf
Health care's just part of the picture. Five policies that would be good for our health, happiness, and wallets.
In Coal Country, A Win for Clean Energy
by Sue Sturgis
A Kentucky power cooperative had plans to burn more coal. Local residents instead demanded cleaner energy and greater efficiency—and won.
A Sit-In Success Story
by Micah Uetricht
Parents in a low-income Chicago neighborhood endured a 43-day sit-in to get a library for their children.
Signs of Life :: Winter 2011
Small stories about big change.