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Coral Reefs for Climate Justice? The Oceans Can’t Speak, But They Need Our Help
by Richard Schiffman
The world under the waves is under attack from climate change, overfishing, and pollution. But major marine sanctuaries are making a difference.
Most Social Change Groups Grapple with White Privilege—But This Book Can Help
by Joshua Kahn Russell
The work of activism is full of messy contradictions. In “Towards Collective Liberation,” Chris Crass breaks down the influence of racism and patriarchy, including helpful how-tos—like “Twenty Careful Steps Toward Anti-sexist Action.”
See How the National Park Service Rocks Instagram
by Mary Hansen
There’s no better way to celebrate America’s public lands than to visit them. But these Instagram accounts are a nice substitute for times when you can’t.
Video: Hip-Hop Star Boots Riley Is “Brother Earth”
You already know his mom. But there’s a new talking planet on the scene, and climate change is messing with his style.
Why the People’s Climate March Won’t Stop Climate Change (And 5 Ways to Go Further)
by Quincy Saul
An incisive critique of the People’s Climate March comes with a list of ways to step up our game.
How Residents of a Rural New Mexico County Fought the Fracking Barons and Won—For Now
by Nina Bunker Ruiz
In Mora County, New Mexico, corporations seeking fracking contracts came up against “querencia”—a traditional way of thinking about and defending the land.
For the Beaches and the Barrios: Why Next Week’s Climate March Will Be the Largest Ever
by Eddie Bautista, LaTonya Crisp-Sauray, Bill McKibben
We’re tired of winning the argument and losing the fight. And so we march.
NY Unions Will Bring Fresh Ideas about Jobs, Energy to Historic Climate March
by Abby Scher
Key national unions are stepping up to support the People's Climate March on September 21. But some green radicals say unions need to create their own climate protection strategy that democratizes the energy sector.
Migrant Farmworkers Find Paths Out of Poverty Through Incubator Farms
by Lisa Gale Garrigues
Incubator farms help seasonal workers start their own businesses, where they get better pay and the support of a community.
To Save Family Farms from Corporate Buyout, Retiring Farmers Connect with a New Generation
by Liz Pleasant
In the next 20 years, many American family farmers are likely to retire—putting enormous amounts of land on the market. Here's how they're connecting with young farmers to make sure the family farm survives.
For Walkers and Cyclists, A Swedish Road-Planning Strategy Helps Save Lives
by Jay Walljasper
Utah, Minnesota, and Washington have seen traffic fatalities decline by 40 percent. Here's how they did it.
Filmmakers Propose Online "Swarm Offensive" Against Climate Change
Open source software brought us Linux and Wikipedia. Can it help us tackle the challenge of climate change?
Where Does All the Trash from Dollywood Go? To One of the World's Best Composting Facilities
by Erin L. McCoy
Sevier County, Tenn., diverts 70 percent of waste from landfills—and it's becoming more efficient all the time.
Should Your Town Have the Right to Ban Fracking? These Laws Will Have to Change First
by Mari Margil
Unless the legal foundation for local self-governance is truly built on the rights of communities, victories like the one in New York can easily be overturned.
Climate Comeback: A Grassroots Movement Steps Back Into the International Arena
by Jim Shultz
Three major international meetings about climate change are on the horizon. Is this the moment to fix the failures of Copenhagen?