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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.
These 14 Teenage Inventors Built a Glove That Translates Sign Language—and Other Tech Solutions
by Lindsey Weedston
What these kids came up with will leave you wondering what adults are even doing anymore.
Land, Co-ops, Compost: A Local Food Economy Emerges in Boston's Poorest Neighborhoods
by Penn Loh
From kitchens that buy and sell locally grown food, to a waste co-op that will return compost to the land, new enterprises are building an integrated food network. It's about local people keeping the wealth of their land at home.
Divestment Helped to End Apartheid in South Africa—Can It Work for Fossil Fuels?
by Bryan Farrell
When it comes to divestment, the anti-apartheid struggle is always cited as an influence. Here's how South Africans are starting to apply those same lessons to addressing climate change.
In Washington State, a Green Governor Fights Climate Change on Multiple Fronts
by Dahr Jamail
Jay Inslee’s multipronged approach includes meeting with farmers and members of indigenous tribes, working toward policies like cap-and-trade, and closing the state’s last coal-fired power plant.
Wind and Solar Create More Jobs When They’re Locally Owned, Report Finds
by Kayla Schultz
When it comes to providing jobs and money to towns and cities, not all renewable energy is created equal.
After Years Without a Grocery Store, Greensboro Neighbors Are Building One Themselves—And They’ll Own It
by Dave Reed
Fed up with essentially begging for access to quality food, residents of this predominantly African-American and low-income neighborhood decided to open their own grocery store.