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Resilience in the Face of Disaster

Portrait of Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz Hurricane Harvey has brought catastrophic flooding to Houston. I’m moved by the courage and compassion of the people there. These creative communities used social media networks to rescue and deliver food to stranded residents. It was more effective than 911. As Ilan Kelman writes, vulnerability is what turns a hurricane into a disaster for people, and vulnerability is something we can control. That’s the overall message of our new Just Transition issue: Confronting a changing climate requires prioritizing and planning for resilience, especially in low-income areas and communities of color, where people are most at risk.  

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Tribes Were the First Climate Refugees—and the First to Build Resilience Plans

The Swinomish of Washington produced a climate adaptation plan two years before the state. Now it’s a template for all of Indian Country.   READ MORE »


Now You Can Instantly Help Those Most Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

The #SupportBlackWomenHOU campaign uses popular money transfer apps to give resources quickly to those in need so they don’t have to wait for donations from large charities to trickle down.   READ MORE »


Hurricane Rescuers and Survivors Use Social Media to Call for Help

When 911 services were overwhelmed, stranded Houston residents used their Facebook and Instagram accounts to connect with community rescuers.   READ MORE »


How Alaska Tribes Solved Their Dental Health Crisis

Dental health therapy takes half the time it takes to train a dentist. And it does what good medicine should: improve public health.   READ MORE »


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Ignore the Lame Excuses: What 300,000 Escaped Salmon Prove About Factory Fish Farming

Sustainable-food advocates want to love aquaculture—yet it comes with so many risks.   READ MORE »


No Elitist Farmers Market Here—Free Healthy Food and Profits for Farmers

How one Appalachian county is creating a healthy food system that supports not only nutrition, but also community life.   READ MORE »


It’s Not Just the South: Here’s How Everyone Can Resist White Supremacy

Every region of our country has its history of racial exclusion and white supremacy. Here are 13 ways to right those wrongs.   READ MORE »


How to Protest Neo-Nazis Without Adding to the Violence

Ways to fight white supremacists without helping their cause.   READ MORE »


Hurricane Harvey Isn’t a “Natural” Disaster. Politics Created the Chaos

Don’t blame climate change for Houston’s vulnerability. A hurricane need not become a disaster.   READ MORE »


What the Garden-Hacking Grandmas and Grandpas of South Korea Know

Gardening here is not a hobby. It comes from the realization within people that there is inherent value in tending a garden and taking time to be a part of nature.   READ MORE »


What Happens When the Internet Tries to Silence White Supremacy

Two huge white nationalist sites were recently kicked off the web. But prohibiting hate groups could fuel paranoia—and more violence.    READ MORE »


Job Opening: Audience Relations Coordinator

Do you want to help create powerful change in the world? YES! Magazine is recruiting a new audience relations coordinator.   READ MORE »






Comment of the Week—on “How to Protest Neo-Nazis Without Adding to the Violence”

Reader Diane Guerin writes, “In my early days of protesting I learned the value of holding a counter demonstration at another site. Not showing up at the designated site of the white supremacy march leaves the demonstrators with no audience. It proved effective then and I wonder if we ought to be looking at this strategy again.”   READ MORE »


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