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In Photos: The Seed-Saving Farmers Who Pass Down Land to Their Daughters
by Rucha Chitnis
In northeastern India's mountainous state of Meghalaya, youngest daughters inherit the land—and the ancient food heritage of their mothers.
A Neighborhood Revolution in a Pot of Soup
by Shelley McEuen
After living in the same town for 14 years, I decided it was finally time to meet my neighbors. My secret? Soup night.
Will the TPP Set Back This Campaign to Stop a Proposed Coal Mine Near Montana Tribal Land?
by Sarah van Gelder
The TPP makes the rights of companies sacrosanct, and that includes the right to mine. But what about the rights of people who live in the way of proposed mining sites?
The Earthships Have Landed: Inside New Mexico's Off-Grid Community Made from Trash
by YES! Staff
People who live in this desert community say their homes can serve as a model for how society can function happily without the infrastructure and modern systems we’ve come to expect.
Six Hopeful Breakthroughs from 2015
by Sarah van Gelder
Despite conflicts and crises at home and abroad, 2015 offered glimpses of the road to a more just, compassionate, and sustainable world.
Was 2015 the Year Big Food Began to Lose Its Sway?
by Andy Bellatti
Companies like Coca-Cola and Monsanto were called out for conflicts of interest, leaving many in the public health sector to wonder if next year transparency might become the new normal.
COP21: Why We Should Care What Climate Scientists Think
by Eric Rehm
As a scientist at COP21, I hoped to see a fruitful collision of the climate scientist and climate activist. I expected strong words regarding science and broader social change, but instead found that scientists who understood the problem seemed to think we could fix it without changing the status quo.
The Risks of Being Heard at COP21: How I Ended Up In a Parisian Jail Cell
by Kate Aronoff
At international summits like COP21, diplomats and dignitaries dominate the dialogue. To see how voices outside the negotiations are heard, I joined a peaceful protest at the Louvre Museum.
Three of the Most Sustainable Communities in the World
by YES! Staff
These towns aren’t waiting for world leaders to take charge on climate change.
Locals Dig Deep to Save Himalayan Springs From Drying Out
by Lakshmi Sarah
Water has become increasingly scarce in northwest India. As rain patterns shift and temperatures rise, communities are using small-scale local solutions to avoid dire drought.
Soon, Oregon Polluters May Have to Pay Residents for Changing the Climate
by Nathan Schneider
A group of activists in Oregon wants polluters to pay residents for using their air. I spoke with Camila Thorndike, director of Oregon Climate, about this unusual effort to put a price on carbon.
Las Vegas Becomes a Model For Police Reform (And Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
The Supreme Court denies a pro-gun appeal, Beijing closes streets due to smog, and Las Vegas curbs police violence with body cams, education, and accountability.
When the Rainforest Burned: #MyClimateMoment’s Top 10 Wake-Up Calls
by Araz Hachadourian
We asked readers to share the moment climate change became urgent for them. Here’s what they said.
Video: What We Talk About When We Talk About Privilege
by Tony Manno
In this YES! Short, volunteers discuss what it means to confront the privilege of others—as well as their own.
COP21: What Paris Can Learn From a Mississippi Co-op
by Marcus Harrison Green
Cooperation Jackson heads to the Paris climate talks to show what a just transition to a green economy looks like.