UN Climate Negotiators Drop the Ball in Lima—Now It’s Up to the Grassroots to Pick It Up
by Jim ShultzDec 11, 2014
- Negotiators have stopped trying to win a binding international agreement on carbon emissions. Now it’s up to the people to push our governments to action.
These 3 Colleges Stopped Investing in Fossil Fuels—One Year Later, Their Endowments Are Doing Just Fine
by A.C. ShiltonDec 11, 2014
- Colleges argue that divestment is not financially responsible—but those who’ve already done it say the risk is minimal.
The New Economy Comes of Age: 7 Steps Toward Shared Prosperity
by Fran KortenDec 10, 2014
- Democratic ownership, localized food production, and a shift to renewables are key principles in this growing movement to re-envision our economy.
An Insurance Policy for Climate Change? How Seed Banks Are Protecting the Future of Food
by Richard SchiffmanDec 09, 2014
- “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 DonovanDec 02, 2014
- 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 SchloredtNov 25, 2014
- 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 GabrielNov 24, 2014
- 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 LaljiNov 21, 2014
- "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 HansenNov 21, 2014
- 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 SchultzNov 21, 2014
- 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 HansenNov 21, 2014
- 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 DonovanNov 19, 2014
- 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 GelderNov 19, 2014
- 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 GelderNov 18, 2014
- 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 DonovanNov 17, 2014
- Did you know an elephant can bring in more than $1.6 million during its lifetime—from ecotourism?