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PEOPLE POWER

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

Can a “Firewall Strategy” Keep Big Energy Out of Climate Talks? It Worked for Fighting Tobacco
Can a “Firewall Strategy” Keep Big Energy Out of Climate Talks? It Worked for Fighting Tobacco
Kicking the polluters out of the negotiations may sound like wishful thinking. But there is a precedent: the global effort to regulate the tobacco industry.
Posted Sep 19, 2014
Watch Out Wall Street, Climate Marchers Are Coming For You Next
Watch Out Wall Street, Climate Marchers Are Coming For You Next
A sit-in planned for the day after the People’s Climate March will call out the role of Wall Street in climate change.
Posted Sep 19, 2014
Stanford's Coal Divestment: Meet 2 Students—And 1 President—Who Made It Happen
Stanford's Coal Divestment: Meet 2 Students—And 1 President—Who Made It Happen
The movement to persuade schools to divest from fossil fuels has taken off around the country. Meet a few people who helped get Stanford’s money out of coal.
Posted Sep 18, 2014
Most Social Change Groups Grapple with White Privilege—But This Book Can Help
Most Social Change Groups Grapple with White Privilege—But This Book Can Help
The work of activism is full of messy contradictions. In “Towards Collective Liberation,” Chris Crass breaks down the influence of racism and patriarchy, including helpful how-tos—like “Twenty Careful Steps Toward Anti-sexist Action.”
Posted Sep 17, 2014
Occupy Offshoot Cancels $4 Million in Predatory Student Loans—and Starts a Debtors Union
Occupy Offshoot Cancels $4 Million in Predatory Student Loans—and Starts a Debtors Union
First, they started buying up—and canceling—individuals’ medical debt. Now the people behind Rolling Jubilee are taking on student loans from a for-profit university that exploits the poor—and the whole debt system could be next.
Posted Sep 17, 2014
See How the National Park Service Rocks Instagram
See How the National Park Service Rocks Instagram
There’s no better way to celebrate America’s public lands than to visit them. But these Instagram accounts are a nice substitute for times when you can’t.
Posted Sep 16, 2014
Video: Hip-Hop Star Boots Riley Is “Brother Earth”
Video: Hip-Hop Star Boots Riley Is “Brother Earth”
You already know his mom. But there’s a new talking planet on the scene, and climate change is messing with his style.
Posted Sep 16, 2014
Why the People’s Climate March Won’t Stop Climate Change (And 5 Ways to Go Further)
Why the People’s Climate March Won’t Stop Climate Change (And 5 Ways to Go Further)
An incisive critique of the People’s Climate March comes with a list of ways to step up our game.
Posted Sep 16, 2014
How Residents of a Rural New Mexico County Fought the Fracking Barons and Won—For Now
How Residents of a Rural New Mexico County Fought the Fracking Barons and Won—For Now
In Mora County, New Mexico, corporations seeking fracking contracts came up against “querencia”—a traditional way of thinking about and defending the land.
Posted Sep 15, 2014
For the Beaches and the Barrios: Why Next Week’s Climate March Will Be the Largest Ever
For the Beaches and the Barrios: Why Next Week’s Climate March Will Be the Largest Ever
We’re tired of winning the argument and losing the fight. And so we march.
Posted Sep 15, 2014
Kentucky Town Beats High Gas Prices—By Opening a Public Gas Station
Kentucky Town Beats High Gas Prices—By Opening a Public Gas Station
Gas stations aren’t great for the climate, but the move is a step toward local control over economic decisions—a model that holds great potential for developing renewable energy in the long term.
Posted Sep 12, 2014
This Former NASA Intern Just Wrote The Best Sci-Fi Book of the Year: Monica Byrne on “The Girl in the Road”
This Former NASA Intern Just Wrote The Best Sci-Fi Book of the Year: Monica Byrne on “The Girl in the Road”
A future where India is the major world superpower, gender is flexible, and energy comes from waves? This writer’s version of the near future feels much more real than apocalyptic nightmares we’ve come to dread.
Posted Sep 12, 2014
The Senate Just Voted to Keep Big Money in Politics. Three Reasons to Celebrate Anyway
The Senate Just Voted to Keep Big Money in Politics. Three Reasons to Celebrate Anyway
The fact that the issue reached the Senate floor is a huge victory for the American people, who overwhelmingly say they want something done about corporate influence in elections.
Posted Sep 11, 2014
Migrant Farmworkers Find Paths Out of Poverty Through Incubator Farms
Migrant Farmworkers Find Paths Out of Poverty Through Incubator Farms
Incubator farms help seasonal workers start their own businesses, where they get better pay and the support of a community.
Posted Sep 10, 2014
A Wealthy Capitalist on Why Money Doesn't Trickle Down
A Wealthy Capitalist on Why Money Doesn't Trickle Down
Nick Hanauer, venture capitalist and self-described “plutocrat,” says a healthy economy and an effective democracy depend on a thriving middle class of workers.
Posted Sep 09, 2014

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