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Climate Action

Joining together to avert catastrophe.

Students for Climate Justice: We’re Not a Single-Issue Movement Students for Climate Justice: We’re Not a Single-Issue Movement
by Sachie Hopkins-Hayakawa, Sally Bunner, Lauren Ressler
The students organizing for climate justice on campuses today are drawing connections between the environment and social issues like debt, racism, and immigration.
The Coming Climate Exodus: What We’re Doing to Help Wildlife’s New Migration The Coming Climate Exodus: What We’re Doing to Help Wildlife’s New Migration
by Peter Pearsall, Cecilia Garza
As climate change forces species to head for cooler climates, biologists are using new tools and partnerships to make sure we help—and don't hinder—their flight.
Puget Sound Tribe Plans for Rising Seas Puget Sound Tribe Plans for Rising Seas
by Benjamin Drummond, Sara Steele
Video: The Swinomish tribe could lose up to 15 percent of their land on low-lying Fidalgo Island to climate-change related sea level rise. They’re working with planners to make sure they can survive—and thrive—in the region’s changing climate.
Largest Climate Rally in U.S. History Comes to Washington Largest Climate Rally in U.S. History Comes to Washington
by Sarah Kuck
What does it sound like when 40,000 people raise their voices for climate justice at once?
Arrests in Washington Signal Increasing Urgency on Keystone Pipeline Arrests in Washington Signal Increasing Urgency on Keystone Pipeline
by Chris Francis
Forty-eight leaders of environmentalist groups such as the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, and 350.org were arrested today while participating in civil disobedience. They were demanding that President Barack Obama stop construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Is There Inspiration in Your Media Diet? Is There Inspiration in Your Media Diet?
by Sarah van Gelder
Video: At TEDx, YES! magazine editor Sarah van Gelder discusses the “mean world syndrome” caused by excessively negative news coverage, and describes how solutions journalism creates a more balanced—and hopeful—point of view.
Can Carbon-Mopping “Artificial Trees” Slow Climate Crisis? Can Carbon-Mopping “Artificial Trees” Slow Climate Crisis?
by Richard Schiffman
Two scientists at Columbia University believe that carbon-mopping machines modeled after trees could sequester enough carbon from the atmosphere to slow global warming. But can we produce them quickly (and cheaply) enough for the plan to work?
What’s Stephen Colbert’s Solution to Climate Change? What’s Stephen Colbert’s Solution to Climate Change?
by YES! Online Staff
Video: Stephen Colbert gets a lot of laughs out of climate change—at the expense of pundits who seem to have decided that solving the problem is just too much work.
Students to Colleges: Take Our Money Out of Dirty Energy Students to Colleges: Take Our Money Out of Dirty Energy
by Sachie Hopkins-Hayakawa
A divestment campaign led by students is changing the national conversation about energy, creating a market for sustainable stocks, and linking up students with communities facing off against the fossil fuel industry.
How President Obama Can Turn Climate Speech Into Action How President Obama Can Turn Climate Speech Into Action
by Sarah van Gelder
Many were surprised to hear President Barack Obama take up climate change at today’s inaugural address. Here are a few ways the president can seize the moment and transform our approach to climate action.
Idle No More Rises to Defend Ancestral Lands—and the Planet Idle No More Rises to Defend Ancestral Lands—and the Planet
by Bill McKibben
Bill McKibben on the tradition of environmental activism he’s seen among members of First Nations, and the unique role of the Idle No More movement in the fight against climate change.
9 Stories That Will Change Your World in 2013 9 Stories That Will Change Your World in 2013
by Sarah van Gelder
2012 was a year of superstorms, mass shootings, debt strikes, and the most spendy election ever. Here’s how last year’s most important stories will shape 2013.
Why Curbing the Climate Crisis Will Take More Than Summits and Divestment Why Curbing the Climate Crisis Will Take More Than Summits and Divestment
by Jim Shultz
Targeting the fossil fuel industry is essential, but divestment as the target for action raises the same question as global summitry does: Is it enough?
How I Survived Breaking Up with My Car How I Survived Breaking Up with My Car
by Erin L. McCoy
Erin McCoy tells the story of how she gave up driving, despite her love for cars, and examines the challenges facing drivers who don't live in cities.
Doha Talks Show Need for Climate Action in Post-Sandy U.S. Doha Talks Show Need for Climate Action in Post-Sandy U.S.
by Janet Redman
Will the United States ever change its policy of obstructing international action to stop climate change? If so, the political pressure to change the country’s role will have to come from the American people.
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