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Call for Submissions: The Mental Health Issue
by YES! Editors
Send us your leads and pitches by May 1.
Black Farmers Reviving Their African Roots: “We Are Feeding Our Liberation”
by Kevon Paynter
Community farmers in D.C. say crops and methods of their African ancestors hold an essential key to restoring Black health.
Climate Refugees in Florida Could Change the Politics There for Generations
by Adam Lynch
In Puerto Rico, residents could only watch as Trump rolled back environmental protections while their island boiled. But living in the U.S. mainland, they can vote.
Why Are More Cities Divesting From Big Oil? It’s Moral—and Practical
by Sylvia Chi
Direct divestments and lawsuits that began on the West Coast are spreading, with New York the latest city to pull its funding out of oil and coal.
We Are Drowning In Plastic, and Fracking Companies Are Profiting
by Wenonah Hauter
Plastic production wreaks havoc on people and the planet—from fracking wells and pipelines in Pennsylvania, to air pollution from plastic plants in Scotland.
One More Benefit of Nature: It Makes You Like Your Body Better
by Tom Jacobs
Researchers say the outdoors can help mute internal criticism.
First U.S. City to Ban Fossil Fuel Expansion Offers Roadmap for Others
by Kevon Paynter
Portland, Ore., climate activists celebrate a win against Big Oil as city- and state-level initiatives gain momentum across the country.
How the Wonder of Nature Can Inspire Social Justice Activism
by Adrienne Maree Brown
The complex systems of the natural world can open our eyes to a new way of being.
Meet the Man Bringing Cheap Renewable Energy to His Hometown
by J. Gabriel Ware
“I wanted to bring these projects to the community, so people can see renewable energy working.”
Farming Brings Refugees Closer to Home Through Food and Community
by Sammi-Jo Lee
They were forced out of their homes by Burmese military violence. Now they’re rebuilding their lives in North Carolina.
The Netherlands Can Feed the World. Here’s Why It Shouldn’t
by Olga Mecking
What gets lost when we focus solely on increasing food efficiency?
Call for Submissions: Solutions to Our Housing Crisis
by YES! Editors
Send us your pitches by Feb. 1.
Books Inspiring Us: “Being the Change”
by Peter Kalmus
In his new book, NASA climate scientist Peter Kalmus explores the daily practices that build healthy, happy, and resilient communities.
The Irma Diaries: Hurricane Irma Survivor Stories Should Be a Climate Change Wake-Up Call
by Lornet Turnbull
The series of deadly hurricanes that churned their way through the Caribbean in September 2017 could be a glimpse into a future of unprecedented weather for the region, a new author writes.
Our 10 Best Solutions Stories You Might Have Missed This Year
by YES! Editors
A better world often starts as a small act. Change is possible. These stories from the past year prove it.