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We've only got one planet, and it makes our lives possible. We can no longer take it for granted.

China Goes Climate Cool China Goes Climate Cool
by Anna Fahey
Last summer, Chinese President Hu Jintao toured the country in short sleeves to show that people could turn their air conditioners down. Despite much bad press, in China conservation is "in."
Ecuador: Protecting Diverse Forests and     Peoples Ecuador: Protecting Diverse Forests and Peoples
by Brooke Jarvis
Ecuador's president Rafael Correa offered to stop development of one of the country's largest oil reserves in exchange for debt relief. The ITT oil fields, located within Ecuador's Yasuni National Park, have become the center of an experiment that could bring equity and human rights into the climate equation.
Global Warming Feedback Loops Global Warming Feedback Loops
by Madeline Ostrander
A little temperature rise can unlock vicious feedback loops that speed global warming. If global temperatures continue to rise, some of these feedbacks could spiral beyond our ability to reverse them.
Global Fairness Global Fairness
by Thom Athanasiou
Rich and poor countries met at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali and decided to give global fairness a chance.
First, Step Up First, Step Up
by Bill McKibben
Next to nuclear war, the climate crisis may be the biggest challenge ever to confront the human race. Bill McKibben lays out where we can act. To do it, he says, we need "a political swell larger than the civil rights movement."
Theme Guide :: Climate Solutions Theme Guide :: Climate Solutions
Climate change used to be something that would happen far off in the future. Now the science says we have just 10 years to change course or things will get scary. What do we do? What will actually make a difference? It turns out we have the means. The question is: Do we have the will?
Interview with Maude Barlow Interview with Maude Barlow
by Maude Barlow
Maude Barlow, chair of Council of Canadians, and international campaigner on water and climate change, talks about successes with major international campaigns on trade and water, and how climate change will affect and be affected by these issues. She draws lessons from those struggles for effective action on the climate crisis.
People We Love :: Sophia Rabliauskas People We Love :: Sophia Rabliauskas
People Taking Charge :5: Sharing Food, Breaking the Law People Taking Charge :5: Sharing Food, Breaking the Law
Orlando's Food Not Bombs Feed the Hungry in Downtown Parks, using direct action to create a grassroots alternative to the capitalist economy.
People Taking Charge: Homeless Build Community People Taking Charge: Homeless Build Community
Prestes Maia and the Downtown Housing Movement Create Homes for the Homeless in Brazil
YES! But How? :: Organic Milk YES! But How? :: Organic Milk
by Catherine Bailey, Margit Christenson
Practical tips on how to eat local in the winter, increase your fridge's efficiency, bike in the cold, and find organic milk.
Compost Toilets and Self-Rule Compost Toilets and Self-Rule
by Madhu Suri Prakash
The ecological toilet is one of today's most hope-filled expressions of people's power. How composting toilets help us take back our power and autonomy.
Building Autonomy, One Co-op at a Time Building Autonomy, One Co-op at a Time
by Michael Fox
Over 20,000 member families live in cooperatively owned housing in Uruguay. The co-ops are not just housing members, but also involving them in social politics, management and organization. And they are working to spread the concept across the Americas.
Dutch Traffic Calming Dutch Traffic Calming
by Jay Walljasper
Traffic calming began in the Netherlands with people putting furniture in the streets and has spread from there. An excerpt from "The Great Neighborhood Book: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Placemaking"
Live Free—Do It Yourself Live Free—Do It Yourself
by Sarah van Gelder, Doug Pibel
The consumer life carries invisible chains. Let's make spaces where we can be free. Step off the path. Free of debt, free of consumerism, moving into community and joy.
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