What Would Nature Do?

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Issue 64 CoverThe Winter 2013 Issue

Industrial societies have spent several centuries trying to conquer nature. Instead, we’ve produced mass extinctions, climate change, and pollution. What’s a better way for humans to live on Earth? Nature is telling us, if only we would listen.

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New Visions

Solving today's big problems will take more than a quick fix. These authors offer clarity about the roots of our problems and visions of a better way.


The Solutions Are All Around Us—in Nature

An architect, a biologist, and a chemist search for design secrets in owl feathers and spider webs—and launch a new sort of industrial revolution.

PLUS: "I pray to the birds because they remind me of what I love rather than what I fear. And at the end of my prayers, they teach me how to listen." —Terry Tempest Williams      

Spruce tree

Nature’s Economy is Down-to-Earth

To make a sustainable economy, think like a mountain, a grassland, or a cell in the human body.


World and Community

New models that foster justice and real prosperity, and sustain the Earth's living systems. How can we bring these models to life and put them to work?


You Are Where You Live

How the sky, rain, geography, and cultures of our place shape us.


Waste Not

It's time to quit flushing the good stuff. Here's how to turn waste into a resource.


Farming Fish, with a Side Salad

How to grow food more like nature.


Invasive Species: If You Can't Beat 'Em, Eat 'Em

A tasty solution to the invasive species problem.

The Power of One

Stories of people who find their courage, open their hearts, and discover what it means to be human in today's world.


7 Ways to Go Wild

Color like a butterfly, build a city like a forest, nap like your ancestors, and more.

Permaculture in Your Backyard

12 steps, from lawn to permaculture haven.

Breaking Open

Humor, storytelling, and the arts—taking you into unexpected spaces where business-as-usual breaks open into new possibilities.

Sex in the Wild

What I learned about love from a hermaphrodite, a cannibal, and a dizzyingly diverse array of sea creatures.

Eva Hayward


Weird City Creatures

An artist gives voice to New York's moths, salamanders, and fish and teaches the urban art of flight.


What I Learned in the Forest

Seeds, clean water, biodiversity, and freedom—how the forest changed my life.

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Grace Amid Ruins

Three U.S. peacemakers find help in an Iraqi town during U.S. bombing.

Chiapas photo by Jeff Conant

Should Chiapas Farmers Suffer for California's Carbon?

Why Mexico's indigenous people are wary of conservation money from California.