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Urban Foraging: Weeds You Can Eat
by Jasleena Grewal
6 edible weeds that can reduce anxiety, provide protein—or even predict the weather.
After Catastrophic Wildfires, Forests Rebound on Their Own
by Maya Khosla
In the Sierra Nevada, high-intensity fires quickly grow into some of the rarest and most biodiverse habitats in the entire mountain range.
Don’t Be That Guy at the 4th of July Party
by Barbara Clabots
Independence Day is tough on coastal ecosystems where Americans flock to beach parties and communities are left with the mess. Here's how to do it better.
What Does a Feminist Mortician Look Like?
by Jennifer Luxton
Historically, when a man takes care of a corpse, he is a professional. When a woman takes care of a corpse, it’s a domestic task. How can we close the gender gap in the death care industry?
Salmon—It’s What’s For Dinner (Even If You’re a Tree)
by Jennifer Luxton, Stephen Miller
Each year, immense schools of migrating salmon bring nutrients from the ocean to Pacific Northwest rivers—literally feeding the trees. Here’s where humans come in.
When I Dream of the Planet in Recovery
by Derrick Jensen
For decades, poet-philosopher and radical environmentalist Derrick Jensen has warned us about the problems of civilization. Yet he’s a tireless activist with hope for the planet’s future.
In Photos: The Seed-Saving Farmers Who Pass Down Land to Their Daughters
by Rucha Chitnis
In northeastern India's mountainous state of Meghalaya, youngest daughters inherit the land—and the ancient food heritage of their mothers.
Borrow, Save, Share: 3 Ways Seeds Can Democratize Our Food System
by Neil Thapar
Just six companies control 63 percent of the commercial seed market. But seed libraries offer us an opportunity to reclaim the seed commons and create our own community food systems.
What’s a Death Midwife? Inside the Alternative Death Care Movement
by Jennifer Luxton
From funeral cooperatives to green burials, there's a kinder, gentler, less expensive way to die.
This Trailer Changes Everything: Epic New Naomi Klein Doc Will Have You Running for Your Kayak
by Araz Hachadourian
The film inspired by Klein's book features the stories of everyday people standing up to climate change.
After 20 Years Reporting on Solutions, I’m Going on a Journey to Find Where Hope Lies Now
by Sarah van Gelder
YES! co-founder Sarah van Gelder sets out on a road trip to find the edge of change.
Four Ways Mexico’s Indigenous Farmers Are Practicing the Agriculture of the Future
by Leah Penniman
How can we get the most out of our farmland without harming the planet? I traveled to rural Mexico to learn from indigenous farmers.
Staying Human in a Time of Climate Change: New Author on Science, Grief, and Hope
by Christopher Zumski Finke
For geographer and author M Jackson, knowing climate science isn’t enough. We need to get our hearts involved too.
Meet the Scientist Breeding More Resilient Bees (And 4 Other People Working to Save the Pollinators)
by Miles Schneiderman
With honeybee populations on the decline, scientists, lawyers, and even artists have set out to save humanity's most important pollinators.
We Aren’t Alone in Our Cities: 12 Ways Animals Have Adapted to Urban Life
by Matt Soniak
City living is changing animals in surprising ways. But they’re also transforming the cities they share with us.