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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.
Photo Essay: From Field to Fork at an Ethical Farm
by Kayla Schultz, Paul Dunn
See how Heyday Farm raises healthy animals in an environmentally and economically sustainable way.
Good Jobs or a Healthy Planet? We Can Have Both
by Chuck Collins
If we really want to fix the environment, then we need to join coalitions with organizations that focus on changing our economic system too.
Beating Climate Change by Retooling the Economy—The Story Begins in Navajo Country
by Mary Hansen
A proposed community-owned solar project on an abandoned coal mine in Arizona illustrates how cooperative economomics make it possible to stop extracting fossil fuels—without leaving workers behind.
How to Pickle Almost Anything
by Doug Pibel, Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn, Kali Swenson
Why ferment? It’s practical magic. Here are a few basics to get you started.
Economists Who Say the Planet Has Infinite Resources Are Today’s Flat Earth Society
by Eric Zencey
The attempt to solve our ecological and social crises through economic growth is a fool’s task, because both crises have a common cause: an infinite-planet, perpetual-growth economy has met the limits of a finite planet.
Video: Why Waste Coffee Grounds When Delicious Mushrooms Love to Grow on Them?
See how an urban farm in the United Kingdom is recycling coffee waste to grow gourmet mushrooms.
Americans on Food Aid Document Their Hunger in Photos
by YES! Editors
“Before I was on SNAP, I budgeted $50 a week for all groceries for my two children and myself. This was for food, shampoo, toilet paper, everything.”