We Have a Responsibility to Protect Sacred Places (and All Places Are Sacred)

I started on the Northwest part of this roadtrip to find the places where there is resistance to fossil fuel expansion, and I have found them. But I also found that many of the same people are not only rejecting a paradigm built on exploitation and domination, they are working to build a new post-industrial,… Read More We Have a Responsibility to Protect Sacred Places (and All Places Are Sacred)

“You Fly to the Edge of the Tar Sands, and … No Life”: A Montana Professor on the Issue of Our Time

I learned about George Price when I got to Missoula on August 21, as I was beginning my Edge of Change roadtrip, and began asking around about the megaload protests. A few years back, I’d heard about a group of grandmothers and native people who had round-danced and sat down in front of the trucks… Read More “You Fly to the Edge of the Tar Sands, and … No Life”: A Montana Professor on the Issue of Our Time

Forest Fires, Ocean Warming, Climate Refugees, and the People Taking a Stand

August 21, 2015. Missoula, Montana. I woke up this morning to find my pickup truck hood covered in white and black ash. On the radio, I heard of the death of several fire fighters in north-central Washington. The forest fires aren’t visible from here, but the smoke fills the air, making eyes water and throats… Read More Forest Fires, Ocean Warming, Climate Refugees, and the People Taking a Stand

After 20 Years Reporting on Solutions, I’m Going on a Journey to Find Where Hope Lies Now

My name is Sarah van Gelder. I’m co-founder of YES! Magazine. Beginning in August 2015, I’m taking a road trip with a set of questions that have been building in my mind until I can no longer ignore them. Questions about the climate crisis: Is there still time before irreversible changes kick in? Questions about… Read More After 20 Years Reporting on Solutions, I’m Going on a Journey to Find Where Hope Lies Now