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Yes! Magazine

Agostino Petroni

14 January 2021

San José de Apartadó, Colombia

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Plagued by an internal war, a group of villages in Colombia created a “Peace Community,” declaring themselves neutral in the conflict and focusing their efforts on cultivating the 150 hectares of cacao trees in collec...

The New York Times

Andrew Ross Sorkin

12 January 2021

United States

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IBM is one of only a handful of companies that doesn’t give money to political candidates. IBM does spend millions on lobbying and runs an in-house government relations team, but the company doesn't have a political a...

BBC

Peter Yeung

7 January 2021

Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Under an innovative scheme in the Democratic Republic of Congo, indigenous communities are obtaining the legal right to own and manage the forests where they reside. This ownership has shown success in slowing defores...

Grist

Greta Moran

4 January 2021

New York, United States

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Landowners, residents, community leaders, and activist groups across New York state came together to halt several pipeline projects. By conducting research, holding public events, and building a multiracial coalition ...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Andrew Wear

25 December 2020

Samso Island, Denmark

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Denmark’s Samso Island has not only succeeded in generating 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy - which is the nation’s goal by 2030 - it is now carbon negative. Locals initially pushed back on the i...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Alasdair Lane

21 December 2020

London, United Kingdom

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Indigenous flora and fauna are returning to London in a successful effort to maintain the indigenous biodiversity of city centers. The Wild West End project is “rewilding” through green spaces to bring back natural h...

WEWS-TV

Mike Brookbank

16 December 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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A mother-daughter trio started the nonprofit See You at the Top as a way to get children engaged in outdoor sports where there is traditionally a lack of people of color represented. The program has reached hundreds o...

BBC

Meenakshi J

15 December 2020

Tamil Nadu, India

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Local villages along the coast of India are seen as a model for large-scale seaweed cultivation, which can be a form of sustainable agriculture and climate mitigation. As the country’s land is being lost to soil degra...

National Observer

Chloe Rose Stuart-Ulin

9 December 2020

Magog, Quebec, Canada

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After its fossil fuel–powered furnace started to fail, St. Paul’s United Church converted its old radiators to electric units in order to better insulate the building and be more environmentally friendly. The church g...

WyoFile

Dustin Bleizeffer

8 December 2020

Laramie, Wyoming, United States

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Several counties in Wyoming are "breaking with state policy" in order to introduce initiatives and efforts aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating the impacts of climate change. Although the state co...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Chad Small

4 December 2020

Paris, France

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In Paris, about 7,500 buildings are heated using geothermal energy, a cost-saving and carbon neutral energy source. Water is drawn from deep below ground at a central location and heated by the earth, and then sent vi...

Yes! Magazine

Anne Pinto-Rodrigues

26 November 2020

Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh, India

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In the face of climate change, the nonprofit SABALA is working with nearly 2,000 women farmers in India to participate in millet farming, which can also strengthen community food security and empower women. Using trad...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Hannah Wallace

26 November 2020

Quapaw, Oklahoma, United States

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The Quapaw tribe runs the Downstream Casino Resort in Oklahoma where they apply combine Indigenous food and farming knowledge with modern hotel operations. They have seven greenhouses and two gardens with 20 varieties...

National Geographic

Agostino Petroni

25 November 2020

Manaure, Colombia

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A community gardening project growing the guajiro bean has allowed Wayuu farmers in the Colombian desert to achieve food security despite the effects of climate change and external pressures. While scaling this agricu...

The 19th

Alexis Lanza

25 November 2020

United States

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A growing number of climate activists — mostly young women — are using social media to post about sustainability and encourage others to live a greener lifestyle. While climate activism can be a slow process, people ...

The Washington Post

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Jovelle Tamayo

24 November 2020

Fidalgo Island, Washington, United States

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The Swinomish tribe in Washington state is combining traditional knowledge and science to combat the effects of climate change and improve the health of its land, water, and people. In recent years, their salmon harve...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Alfred Lubrano

24 November 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Life Do Grow Farm in Philadelphia, run by the nonprofit Urban Creators, is a two-acre plot that yields food needed to feed the community who might not be able to make ends meet. Since June, the farm has distribute...

BBC

Richard Kenny

24 November 2020

Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

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As a way to reduce the amount of diesel fuel that powers trains, governments and transit companies around the world are turning to solar panels as a way to utilize renewable energy. In Australia, a solar train launche...

Crosscut

Hannah Weinberger

17 November 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Seattle’s urban agriculture community saw a boom during the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests. BIPOC-led urban farms — like YES Farm and Black Star Farmers — had an increase in volunteers and people wa...

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Carly Berlin

13 November 2020

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

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Religious leaders in Louisiana successfully mobilized their communities to vote against a state amendment that would give manufacturers a tax break at the expense of local governments. The interfaith network of 250 re...

Energy News Network

Frank Jossi

13 November 2020

Red Lake Indian Reservation, Minnesota, United States

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The Red Lake Nation in Minnesota is building a 240-kilowatt solar array on top of a workforce training center, which will generate about half of the building’s electricity. This project was financed through crowdfundi...

Bloomberg

Jordyn Holman

11 November 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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A Target store looted and destroyed near the site of George Floyd's killing in Minneapolis, Target's corporate headquarters city, was quickly rebuilt with improvements informed by community input. The mostly white-run...

Planet Detroit

Rhonda J. Smith

6 November 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Two urban farmers launched a GoFundMe and raised $55,000 to help provide land security to Black farmers in Detroit. Through the Detroit Black Farmer Land Fund, they will select applicants to grow crops for five years ...

Mongabay

Ocean Malandra

4 November 2020

Mocoa, Putumayo, Colombia

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Five different Indigenous groups formed an alliance known as the Union of Traditional Age Medics of the Colombian Amazon to practice spiritual ceremonies and community healing based on the ingestion of a potent halluc...

Urbanet

Laura von Puttkamer

3 November 2020

Sweden

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Urban planning using gamification is a viable way of engaging diverse parts of the population and placing people and communities at the center of the process. “Block by Block” is a collaboration between UN Habitat and...

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