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In North Dakota’s Booming Oil Patch, One Tribe Beat Back Fracking
by Sarah van Gelder
The Turtle Mountain Band was among the first tribes to ban the drilling process. Here’s the difference it made.
The New Face of Hunger: How Statistics Underestimate the Food Problem
by Frances Moore Lappé
Today, 800 million of us are considered “hungry,” but we produce enough calories to feed us all. Rather than a lack of food, we’re dealing with a lack of democracy.
Big Oil and Gas Want Them Out, But One Small Clan Is Standing Up to Pipeline Expansion
by Tony Manno
A First Nations clan is bringing pipeline projects to a grinding halt—simply by occupying their traditional lands.
Another Extinction: Words We Use to Describe the Natural World
by Jack Turner
Why naturalists and their linguistic allies fight to keep the language that gives us our sense of place from falling out of modern dictionaries.
Meet the Indigenous Eco-feminists of the Amazon
by Lindsey Weedston
In Ecuador, indigenous Kichwa women are resisting corporate interests that threaten their land.
Canadian Company Sues U.S. for Blocking Keystone XL—and Shows How the TPP Can Hurt Climate
by John Light
Environmentalists have worked for years to get governments to regulate fossil fuels. Here’s how trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership make that even harder.
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.
A Neighborhood Revolution in a Pot of Soup
by Shelley McEuen
After living in the same town for 14 years, I decided it was finally time to meet my neighbors. My secret? Soup night.
Will the TPP Set Back This Campaign to Stop a Proposed Coal Mine Near Montana Tribal Land?
by Sarah van Gelder
The TPP makes the rights of companies sacrosanct, and that includes the right to mine. But what about the rights of people who live in the way of proposed mining sites?
The Earthships Have Landed: Inside New Mexico's Off-Grid Community Made from Trash
by YES! Staff
People who live in this desert community say their homes can serve as a model for how society can function happily without the infrastructure and modern systems we’ve come to expect.
Six Hopeful Breakthroughs from 2015
by Sarah van Gelder
Despite conflicts and crises at home and abroad, 2015 offered glimpses of the road to a more just, compassionate, and sustainable world.
Was 2015 the Year Big Food Began to Lose Its Sway?
by Andy Bellatti
Companies like Coca-Cola and Monsanto were called out for conflicts of interest, leaving many in the public health sector to wonder if next year transparency might become the new normal.
COP21: Why We Should Care What Climate Scientists Think
by Eric Rehm
As a scientist at COP21, I hoped to see a fruitful collision of the climate scientist and climate activist. I expected strong words regarding science and broader social change, but instead found that scientists who understood the problem seemed to think we could fix it without changing the status quo.
The Risks of Being Heard at COP21: How I Ended Up In a Parisian Jail Cell
by Kate Aronoff
At international summits like COP21, diplomats and dignitaries dominate the dialogue. To see how voices outside the negotiations are heard, I joined a peaceful protest at the Louvre Museum.
Three of the Most Sustainable Communities in the World
by YES! Staff
These towns aren’t waiting for world leaders to take charge on climate change.