People Power

In New Orleans, Kindness Trumped Chaos
by Rebecca Solnit
Lessons of dedication, solidarity, love, and recovery, five years after Katrina.
Lessons from the Gulf: How Can We Better Prepare for Disasters?
by Chris Kromm
Poverty and inequality magnified Hurricane Katrina’s effect on the Gulf. A resilient New Orleans means addressing these social issues first.
6 Ways to Start Sharing
by Stephanie Smith
What do you do when you want to start sharing resources, but your community’s not into it?
A Month Without Monsanto
by April Dávila
April Dávila wondered what it would take to cut the GMO giant out of her family’s life. She found that it was far more entrenched than she’d ever realized.
A Crisis of Democracy: Real Solutions to the BP Oil Spill
by Brooke Jarvis
For Gulf residents, the BP oil spill has made the problem of unchecked corporate power painfully clear. Exxon Valdez survivor Riki Ott on why this may be the moment to overcome our political divides and take back our democracy.
Waging Peace from Afar: Divestment and Israeli Occupation
by Phyllis Bennis
A growing grassroots movement is using the techniques of the anti-apartheid movement to challenge U.S. support for Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.
Framing For Change: How We Tell Our Story Matters
by Doyle Canning, Patrick Reinsborough
How we tell the story of a better world matters—and the best way is to live the alternatives we advocate.
Gulf Fishermen Protest Re-opening of Fishing Grounds
by Sue Sturgis
Those who know the Gulf best say seafood still isn’t safe following BP’s oil disaster.
Homeowners’ Rebellion: Could 62 Million Homes Be Foreclosure-Proof?
by Ellen Brown
The financial juggling that helped cause the 2008 crisis may be coming back to haunt banks—and help homeowners.
Waste Not: Seattle’s Road to Zero Trash
by Richard Conlin
There’s simply no room for waste in a carbon neutral city. Seattle has a plan to cut its contribution to landfills—and it’s working.
The Fight Against Fracking
by Maura Stephens
How New Yorkers won a moratorium on a drilling practice that threatens their lives, homes, and water.
A Paradise Built in Hell
by Rebecca Solnit
Rebecca Solnit's latest book explores communities that rise to the challenge of disaster.
Restoring Biodiversity in Cuba
Video: Learning from one another, scientists and farmers are working together to fix the agricultural system in Cuba.
L.A. Eco-Village
Video: Urban ecovillages work to strengthen communities and bring neighbors, art, and environmental action together.
Banksy Street Art
Photo Essay: British street artist, Banksy, makes his mark in New Orleans.