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350.org: Getting to Work in 2010

With a weak climate "agreement" coming out of Copenhagen, the 350.org campaign urges citizens to get to work in 2010—whether politicians are on board or not.

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350.org Weekend of Action: Global Mobilization on Climate Change

Climate activists came together December 11-13 to hold candlelight vigils and rallies to show solidarity with the nations who suffer the earliest and most severe impacts of climate change.

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4 Ways to Regain Control of Your Food

In our increasingly consolidated food industry, the origins of what we eat are often hidden. How can you find out where your food is coming from?

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42 Ways to Not Make Trash

Taking what he learned from his experiment, No Impact Man Colin Beavan offers 42 tips to move toward a zero-waste lifestyle.

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5 Ways Communities Are Coping With Climate Anxiety

From action-oriented toolkits to talk therapy and meditation, these responses facilitate recovery, hope, and activism.

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5 Ways to Protect the Planet Without Disenfranchising People With Disabilities

Despite their vulnerability to climate change, people with disabilities often are omitted from relevant policy making.

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5 Ways to Protect the Rights of Future Generations

This fall, 150 women gathered in the desert town of Moab, Utah, to discuss the changes we would need to respect the rights of future generations.

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GMOs at the Polls: 7 Things to Tell Your Friends Before Election Day

Americans are the world’s GMO guinea pigs, say Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé. But California’s ballot initiative on labeling GMO foods would give everyone the choice to change that for themselves.

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7 Ways to Cook Up a Sustainable Diet

Get ready for No Impact Week: Helpful tips for planet-friendly eating.

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90 Companies Helped Cause the Climate Crisis—They Should Pay for It

The companies responsible for the climate crisis should cover the costs of fighting wildfires and recovering from hurricanes.   

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BP’s Civil Fines Could be 10 Times Larger than Record Criminal Penalty

The $4.5 billion oil giant BP has agreed to pay out for criminal misconduct related to the Deepwater Horizon spill is too small to change the company’s business model. Yet more and bigger payments are likely to come.

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Video: RNC’s “Willful Ignorance” on Climate

Sarah van Gelder speaks on FreeSpeech TV about Mitt Romney's energy plan and why a majority of Americans want cleaner, safer, and more reliable sources of energy.

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“We Can Change History”

Video: Two weeks and 1,252 arrests later—how a committed group of activists made an oil pipeline an international issue.

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Video: An Economist Explains How Money Has Caused the Climate Crisis

Typically, we solve problems by expanding the economy. When it comes to the environment, that will only make things worse.

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A Bikeshare Success Story

Who says Washington never gets anything right?

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A Brief History of the Feral Blackberry

The Himalayan blackberry was introduced to North America as a food crop. Like a Gremlin doused with water, it escaped its confinement and became almost impossible to eradicate.

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A DIY Civilization

Can we create the machines of modern life sustainably, cheaply, and close to home?

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A Farm Bill Only Monsanto Could Love

Three provisions in the bill would make it more difficult to regulate the safety of genetically modified crops. Consumers fight back with a flurry of organizing.

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A Former EPA Adviser on How to Push for Environmental Justice Under Trump

“In our country there are two things that move policy. One is money. The other is the power of people.”

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A Friend of the Mountains Remembered

Larry Gibson grew up in the mountains of West Virginia, and dedicated his life to defending them from the coal industry.

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A Global Push for Renewable Energy

With 142 member nations already signed on, the new International Renewable Energy Agency is promoting a fast, global transition to clean, safe, and renewable energy.

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A Greener Blue Cheese

French dairy farmers have turned their attention to farming practices that can sustain not only the future of the emblematic Roquefort cheese, but also the future of their work and their land.

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A Healing Walk through Canada’s Tar Sands Dystopia

Cree organizer Clayton Thomas-Muller provides a deeply personal account of a ceremonial healing walk through the broken landscape of Canada’s tar sands. This year’s walk begins July 4.

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A Jump Start for the Clean Economy

A little-known source of clean energy funding could prove a crucial job-creation engine in the states.

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A Link Between Tornadoes and Climate Change? Never!

Tornadoes, fires, floods, crop failures—they're all isolated events, right? This powerful video helps connect the dots of the climate catastrophe.

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A “Living” Built Environment

What if buildings, communities, and infrastructure projects were designed to be beautiful, socially just, and as gentle on the environment as plants are?

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A Local Economy Solution to Africa's Poaching Problem

Communities that enjoy the economic benefits of wildlife tourism don’t harbor poachers.

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A Message from the Gulf: It’s Not Over

A year after the BP oil spill, Cherri Foytlin walked 1,243 miles to send a message: this disaster is far from over.

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A Month Without Monsanto

April Dávila wondered what it would take to cut the GMO giant out of her family’s life. She found that it was far more entrenched than she’d ever realized.

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A Moveable Planet

Video: In more than 175 countries, people found creative ways to show they're ready to move away from fossil fuels.

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A New Year's Resolution for the Whole Planet

More than two thousand of you have already signed up for No Impact Week, Colin Beavan's national one-week carbon cleanse with YES! Here's what to expect during the next 8 days.

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A "Pay-It-Forward" Approach to Funding Solar Power

Donations to a California nonprofit don't just fund one solar installation, but circulate from one project to the next.

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A Real World Plan for the President’s Second Term

The pundits are right that Obama should work to bridge political divides. But he needs to reach out to the American people—not to the Republican Party.

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A Reality Check on the Plug-In Revolution

What’s really needed if we are to turn the Plug-In Revolution into the main event, instead of a colorful but distracting sideshow?

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A Sea Change :: Film Trailer

Hidden below the waves, ocean acidification is wreaking havoc on marine ecosystems.

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A Thousand Suns

Our new problems might require paying attention to old wisdom. A new documentary looks to indigenous leadership for answers—and throws our way of life into sharp relief.

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A Turning Point for Mountaintop Removal?

In an historic move, the EPA has vetoed a permit for mountaintop removal mining in West Virginia.

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A Victory for Appalachia

The days of rubber stamping permits for mountaintop removal coal mining are over, for now.

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“Action is the Antidote to Despair”

Photo essay: A photographer confronts the BP oil disaster.

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Adapting to Climate Change: It's Not About Giving Up, It's About Getting Real

Conversations about how we're going to get through the coming transformation force us to see the full scale of the problem.

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Advice for Water Warriors

Maude Barlow on how to move the water justice movement forward.

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Paragliding Africa

How one photographer captured the continent from the sky—with a fan strapped to his back.

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African American Farmers Go Organic, Bring Healthy Food to Southeast

The Southeastern African-American Farmers Organic Network (SAAFON), helps members convert to organic agriculture, and organizes a farmers market in a park that was once off-limits to them.

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After 40 Years of Government Inaction on Climate, Have We Finally Turned a Corner?

Policy expert Gus Speth talks about Our Children’s Trust’s lawsuit, explaining the U.S.’s longtime knowledge of climate change even as it pushed fossil fuels. But now we've got a fighting chance.

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Let Wildfires Burn: Study Shows Forests Bounce Back on Their Own

Modern fire management practices of logging and seeding interfere with an ecosystem's ability to restore itself, and does little to protect property.

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After Copenhagen: How Can We Move Forward?

Copenhagen brought poor nations and grassroots groups into partnership. Our chances of preventing climate catastrophe now rest on the ability of this new alliance to communicate to the world’s richest and most powerful peoples that the emissions emergency is, above all things, a crisis of justice.

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After the March for Science, Keep Moving

This weekend’s march is a start. A climate scientist urges us to follow through in our personal lives as well as in our community.

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After Trauma at Standing Rock, Recovery and New Resolve

Songs and prayers, words of encouragement, and spaces for recovery are at the core of the healing happening here at Standing Rock.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Meet its Real-Life, Climate-Defending, Disney-Dissenting Villains

When their name appeared in Joss Whedon's new TV show, the environmentalist group Rising Tide took to social media to fight back.

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Agroecology Is Becoming A Global Movement. But Where Does the U.S. Fit In?

If there’s one thing the American food movement could learn from the global movement for agroecology, it’s that movements move government policy, not the other way around.

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Alberta Tar Sands Illegal under Treaty 8, First Nations Charge

In 1899, First Nations in northern Alberta signed a treaty with Queen Victoria that enshrined their right to practice traditional lifeways. Today, it’s the basis for a legal challenge to Shell Oil’s mining of tar sands.

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Amazon Refuses to Act on Climate Change. So We Employees Are Speaking Out

We know from labor history that when workers want change, they shouldn’t just wait for company leadership to act.

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Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples Have Long United Against Deforestation

The fires that spread swiftly across the Amazon in recent weeks drew international attention to a problem Indigenous Brazilians have been facing for years.

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Photo Essay: Humans and Wild Animals Meet in Poignant, Awkward Moments

In her photo essay "Domesticated," photographer Amy Stein explores the barriers between humanity's built environment and the wild.

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An Interstate Bicycling System

A system of bicycle routes to connect the nation? It’s happening.

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An Interview With Paolo Lugari, Founder of Las Gaviotas

Paolo Lugari, the founder of Las Gaviotas in Colombia, describes how the incredible energy of the human spirit has made Las Gaviotas into a world-famous example of sustainable living in a harsh environment.

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An Oasis in a Food Desert

Video: In West Oakland, a community cooperative is providing an alternative to fast food and packaged snacks.

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Winona LaDuke on the Dakota Access Pipeline: What Would Sitting Bull Do?

I am not sure how badly North Dakota wants this pipeline. If there is to be a battle over the Dakota Access, I would not bet against a people with nothing else left but a land and a river.

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3 Reasons This Isn’t a Decisive Win for the KXL Pipeline

The path toward Keystone XL construction is much less certain than recent news headlines might lead you to believe.

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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?

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Another Kind of Rescue After the Wildfires

Volunteer archaeologists use dogs trained in forensics to help sort the ashes of cremated loved ones from the ashes and debris of burned homes.

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Appalachia Fights for a Green Future

Appalachian residents are calling on environmental protection agencies to stand up to mountaintop removal.

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Appalachia Puts Environmental Human Rights to the Test

The region is often written off as a “national sacrifice zone.” But can it find new and more robust legal remedies for limiting harmful extraction?

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Appalachia’s Cry for Help

“We can no longer endure this reckless abuse of our rights, and our lives.” Appalachians appeal for help in the fight against mountaintop removal coal mining.

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Aran Blogs on No Impact Week

Sustainability blogger Aran Seaman has done No Impact Week before—and he's back for round two.

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Arctic Waters Have Been Rescued From Drilling, But What About the Land?

Time is running out for Obama to say no to Big Oil and permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—and the people who depend on it.

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Arrests in Washington Signal Increasing Urgency on Keystone Pipeline

Forty-eight leaders of environmentalist groups such as the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, and 350.org were arrested today while participating in civil disobedience. They were demanding that President Barack Obama stop construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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As Climate Change Threatens Food Supplies, Seed Saving is an Ancient Act of Resilience

In Norway, a high-tech seed vault flooded from melting permafrost. In Montana, locals keep their seeds in the library.

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As Glaciers Melt, Bolivia Fights for the Good Life

Rural Bolivians—whose way of life may be an early casualty of a changing climate—want the rest of the world to reevaluate what it means to "vivir bien."

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As Rising Seas Force Exile, Islanders Hold Fast to What Matters Most

Pacific Islanders are among the first victims of climate change-induced sea level rise. As natives quickly run out of land and struggle to maintain crops, leaders are searching for ways to protect their people and thousands of years of cultural heritage.

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As State Pols Resist Obama’s Climate Plan, West Virginians Build Renewables Anyway

So far, the state isn’t stepping up to build a solar-powered future. That leaves the bulk of the work to residents.

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Ashe Blogs on No Impact Week

Follow Minnesota high-school poet Ashe Jaafaru's video diary as she takes on No Impact Week.

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At Last, a Human Right to Water

Good news for thirsty people around the globe: The UN affirms the right to safe and clean drinking water.

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India Killed Off Most of Its Vultures—Here's Why It Cost Their Economy Billions

When about 97 percent of India's vultures died due to eating carcasses that contained a drug called diclofenac, it caused a boom in the feral dog population. The resulting rabies epidemic cost India billions of dollars between 1993 and 2006.

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Bamboo Bikes

The Bamboo Bike Studio in Brooklyn, New York, teaches students to build their own bamboo bicycles in one weekend. Workshop proceeds help finance bamboo bike factories in Ghana, Kenya, and Ecuador.

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Banks Agree to Talk With Tribe (While Handing over Millions for Dakota Access)

Seven banks—including Wells Fargo, TD Bank, and Citibank—will meet with Standing Rock Sioux leaders after months of intense defund-DAPL pressure.

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Fracking Bans that Can Stand

In New York, judges are standing up for communities’ rights to say no to corporate drilling.

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Bearing Witness: Chris Jordan on Art, Grief, and Transformation

Photographer Chris Jordan's latest project left him feeling grief and hopelessness. Now he wants more people to discover how productive those emotions can be.

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Growing Concern Over Japan's Dolphin Hunt Leads to Widespread Outcry

The dolphin massacre depicted in the Oscar-winning film The Cove took place again this year. But the reaction to it shows a changing public mindset toward the rights of sea mammals.

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Better Policies Without the Politics

Regional policy centers show promise as a new model for driving change.

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Beyond Keystone XL: 8 Reasons for Optimism on Climate Change

Recent signs that Barack Obama may approve the Keystone XL pipeline have some environmentalists feeling down about the future of the climate. But huge and positive changes are quietly taking place.

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Big City Farmers Take to the Rooftops

Space is expensive in Brooklyn, so Gotham Greens built their urban farm on a rooftop.

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Labor Leaders Support the Dakota Access Pipeline—But This Native Union Member Doesn’t

Some of the biggest unions have denounced the water protectors. But critical voices have been missing from the conversation: those of indigenous union members themselves.

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Big News for Small Forests

Sustainable, small-scale working forests are feeling the economic pinch. But nonprofit groups are helping family- and community-owned woodlands thrive by connecting them with carbon markets.

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Big Problem, Big Art

Photo essay: As climate negotiators meet in Cancun, activists the world over are reminding them of what’s at stake with some very big art.

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A Worldwide Effort to Make Climate Change Visible

Bill McKibben: It’s time for each of us to get involved in the full-on fight between misinformation and truth.

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No More Handouts to Big Oil

Bill McKibben’s five rules of the road for reforming fossil fuel subsidies.

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