Terracing has been used for centuries to help prevent fire, moderate temperatures, and make farming possible even when water is scarce.
Amid Shutdowns, Youth Climate Activists are Writing the Curriculum for a Just Economic Recovery
On any given weekday before the coronavirus pandemic hit, Michelle Cohen could be found in her Los Angeles office advising students on how to apply for an apprenticeship, or which classes they need to take before earning a high school equivalency diploma.
When the Government Failed Puerto Rico, Local Communities Stepped Up
After Hurricane Maria and earthquakes devastated the island territory, grassroots activists are helping ensure that recovery will be more just than before.
Could Rights of Nature Laws Help Save Endangered Orcas?
The Pacific Northwest’s most iconic species—the orcas that live in the Salish Sea year-round—are on the brink of extinction with just 73 whales remaining as of July 1. The Southern Resident orcas have made headlines repeatedly over the past year, including the recent loss of three adult whales and last …
How to Survive the End of a Friendship
As life gets busier due to career, family, and other demands, friendships may seem inessential. However, good friendships are crucial to one’s well-being because they offer a wealth of benefits—from reducing stress to lowering blood pressure. Ultimately, they can help us live longer lives. Negative friendships also impact heart health. …
The City That Dances With Death
On a sweltering June evening, a crowd forms on the corner of Orleans Avenue and North Miro Street in the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans. When the trumpets, tubas, and trombones lift up and wail, people start marching.
How Soil Acts as a Living Witness to Racial Violence
In July 1898, a Black ice cream vendor by the name of John Henry James was accused of assaulting a White woman just west of Charlottesville, Virginia. He was dragged off a moving train by an angry mob, hanged from the branch of a locust tree near the train tracks, …
This 16-Year-Old Is Taking the School Climate Strike to the U.S. Capitol
On the eve of the second worldwide climate strike, 16-year-old student climate activist Jerome Foster II got a buzz on his cell phone. It was a local tornado warning, the first he had ever received. Foster, who is from Washington, D.C., had been explaining one of the challenges of organizing …
Why Students of Color Are Stepping Up to Lead Climate Strikes
Kawika Ke Koa Pegram has lived his entire life in island communities and is all too familiar with what sea level rise looks like firsthand. Pegram, a 17-year-old junior in high school, recently moved back to Hawai‘i—where he was born—from the Philippines. Two years later, Hurricane Walaka hit the state. …
War no More: Turning Assault Rifles Into Garden Tools
Blacksmiths in Colorado use their anvils to turn guns into gardening tools, reshaping America’s gun culture one strike of the hammer at a time. This is the work of the “Swords to Plows” initiative of the nonprofit RAWTools. Gun owners from around the country send RAWTools their disassembled weapons for …
This Is a Life, Not a Job
Smartphones are basically moot here. The internet and electric coffee grinder get turned off on gray, windless July days when battery power is low. The daily rhythm of feeding, milking,...
Big City Living May Help You Slow Down, Stress Less, and Be Happy. Really!
Zanna McKay wrote this article for YES! Magazine in association with Round Earth Media. I contributed reporting
A Chef's Perspective on Revering Life—Even When It’s Raised to Be Slaughtered
I stand at the kitchen counter with a boning knife in one hand, the other resting gently on a small, gutted and skinned kid goat lying on a large wooden cutting board. It is still slightly warm to the touch, and a few hairs are stuck to its flesh. The …