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An Insurance Policy for Climate Change? How Seed Banks Are Protecting the Future of Food
by Richard Schiffman
“While not every traditional variety tastes great or looks great, its genetics may be invaluable 50 or 100 years from now when the climate is different.”
Meet the Lobstermen Arrested for Blocking a Coal Freighter—and the DA Who Kept Them Out of Jail
by Natasha Donovan
Last spring, these men were in a small white lobster boat anchored to block the path of an oncoming freighter hauling 40,000 tons of coal. They didn't expect the district attorney to support them.
Photo Essay: At a Half-Mile-Long Table, Chefs, Farmers, and Volunteers Feed a Neighborhood for Free
by Valerie Schloredt
In St. Paul, Minnesota, artist Seitu Jones wanted to start a community-wide conversation about food access and food justice—and where better to talk than over a good meal?
When the City Turned Off Their Water, Detroit Residents and Groups Delivered Help
by Larry Gabriel
Grassroots action has backed down the city’s aggressive water shutoffs.
New Film Shows How Florida Farmworkers Won Fairer Pay From America's Biggest Food Companies
by Nur Lalji
"This is not a film about oppression," said Food Chains executive producer Eva Longoria. "It's actually about transformation."
Video: Vancouver Opera Violinist Plays 19th-Century Ballad for Protesters in Pipeline Fight
by Mary Hansen
The cities of Vancouver and Burnaby, as well as First Nations, have all sued the pipeline company Kinder Morgan, which wants to extend a pipeline through a mountain in British Columbia.
Dutch Company Powers Streetlights With Living Plants; Will Your Cell Phone Be Next?
by Kayla Schultz
Forget potato clocks. This promising new technology derives substantial amounts of electricity from living plants.
This Food Stand Celebrates Palestinian Culture. When It Received a Death Threat, Students Stood Up
by Mary Hansen
Conflict Kitchen serves up food from countries in conflict with the United States—and its customers think it's worth defending.
10 Climate Conscious Cities—Electric Cars, Rooftop Farms, and Other Ways They’re Preparing for the Future
by Natasha Donovan
There’s no time to waste when it comes to acting on climate change. The world’s most forward-thinking cities are curbing carbon and building for a sustainable future, now.
Want to See How Governments Are Making Real Progress? Look to the Cities Tackling Our Biggest Problems
by Sarah van Gelder
New energy is transforming our cities into hotbeds of democracy and progressive innovation.
Urban Comeback: How Cities Are Leading Us Into the Future
by Sarah van Gelder
At a time when nations are gridlocked and corrupted by special interests, cities are taking on poverty, social isolation, and the climate crisis.
Permanent Housing for 85 Homeless People Saved Taxpayers $1.8 Million (And 18 Other Facts to Think About)
by Natasha Donovan
Did you know an elephant can bring in more than $1.6 million during its lifetime—from ecotourism?
The New Grassroots Heroes: They Fight Pollution—and Police Brutality—And They're Changing How Social Movements Happen
by Laura Flanders
"The global justice movement, the antiwar movement, the climate movement: We are now part of a much larger, more systemic movement that really sees the interrelationships between all these systems and climate destruction."
7 Ways to Get Happy—Without Costing the Planet
by Sarah van Gelder
The starting point is to realize we have choices—like meaningful work, authentic relationships, and gratitude.
Video: A Four-Point Plan to Protect Indigenous Lands from the Canadian Government
The Canadian government has relaunched a process that many First Nations leaders believe would terminate their land claims. But indigenous-led grassroots movements are on the case.