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How Two Plant Geeks Grew a Permaculture Oasis in an Ordinary Backyard
by Abby Quillenposted May 30, 2013
- In “Paradise Lot,” two residents of an inner city write about how they transformed less than an acre of their blighted yard into a thriving food forest full of mushrooms, gooseberries, silkworms, and more.
Meet the Rainforest-Dwelling Malaysian Farmers Fighting to Keep their Land above Water
by James Trimarcoposted May 24, 2013
- The dams would cost $105 billion, flood an area twice the size of LA, and force the relocation of tens of thousands of indigenous people. Against all the odds, the local forest-dwelling people are coming together and organizing in a way that’s unheard of in this part of the world.
Get Apocalyptic: Why Radical is the New Normal
by Robert Jensenposted May 24, 2013
- Feeling anxious about life in a broken economy on a strained planet? Turn despair into action.
March Against Monsanto: Saturday’s Fight for Food Freedom Spreads to 36 Countries
by Ken Butiganposted May 23, 2013
- This weekend, people in 250 cities on 6 continents will march against meddling in the global food supply by Monsanto—the company that brought us Agent Orange, Dioxin, PCBs, and the bovine growth hormone.
For a Future that Won’t Destroy Life on Earth, Look to the Global Indigenous Uprising
by Kristin Moeposted May 23, 2013
- Idle No More is the latest incarnation of an age-old movement for life that doesn't depend on infinite extraction and growth. Now, armed with Twitter and Facebook, once-isolated groups from Canada to South America are exchanging resources and support like never before.
Fracking the Suburbs: An Explosive Combination?
by Peter Pearsallposted May 15, 2013
- As oil and gas get harder to find, the industry is drilling in suburbia—and the neighbors aren’t pleased.
The Farm Bill’s “Government Handouts”: Who Really Benefits?
by Shannon Hayesposted May 14, 2013
- There’s nothing like talk of “government handouts” to get people upset. But when it comes to farm bill, the real culprits might not be who you think they are.
Would Smokey the Bear Get Arrested to Stop Fracking?
by Peter Rughposted May 09, 2013
- When artist Lopi LaRoe used Smokey the Bear imagery to encourage anti-fracking activism, the Forest Service threatened her with a lawsuit.
Vermont Time Bankers Build a More Personal Economy
posted Apr 26, 2013
- Video: Whatever service you might need, you’re likely to be able to get it at Onion River Time Bank, where you pay by doing what you love.
Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History
by Nadia Colburnposted Apr 22, 2013
- When author Florence Williams learned her breast milk contained chemicals like flame retardants, she started investigating what exactly is in a breast and how that body part connects us to our children, our past, and our surroundings.
Houston’s Most Polluted Neighborhood Draws the Line at Alberta Tar Sands
by Kristin Moeposted Apr 22, 2013
- If the Keystone XL pipeline is approved, 90 percent of the tar sands crude that flows through it will be processed near an embattled Houston neighborhood called Manchester. Residents are joining up to demand a healthier future.
“World’s Greenest Office Building” Makes Net-Zero Look Easy
by Samantha Thomasposted Apr 22, 2013
- It’s a commercial office space equipped with composting toilets, rainwater showers, and a stairway designed to be so beautiful that no one ever takes the elevator.
Newly Released Tim DeChristopher Finds a Movement Transformed by His Courage
by Melanie Jae Martinposted Apr 22, 2013
- Tim DeChristopher, who was just released from federal custody, is best known as the man who disrupted an auction of pristine public lands. But there’s more to his story than his role as “Bidder 70.”
Big City Farmers Take to the Rooftops
by YES! online staffposted Apr 18, 2013
- Space is expensive in Brooklyn, so Gotham Greens built their urban farm on a rooftop.
A World without Landfills? It’s Closer than You Think
by Jen Sorianoposted Apr 17, 2013
- Two recipients of this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize are working to abolish the practice of sending trash to landfills and incinerators. And the idea is catching on.