COP21: Tom Goldtooth Calls for Leaders to Recognize ‘The Spirit of Life Itself’

This month’s climate talks take place at a time when the stakes couldn’t be higher. The 21st Conference of the Parties, which just began in Paris, are aimed at reducing the emissions responsible for acidifying oceans, melting glaciers, raising sea levels, and collapsing our agriculture. If it sounds apocalyptic, it should; if we fail this test,… Read More COP21: Tom Goldtooth Calls for Leaders to Recognize ‘The Spirit of Life Itself’

The Economics of Compassion: Can Cincinnati Wipe Out Debt by 2019?

Cincinnati, Ohio, is among the fastest growing cities in the Midwest. It hosts corporate giants like Procter & Gamble and Kroger, and some of its close-in neighborhoods have become chic, with coffee shops and new condominiums. But prosperity is not trickling down to the poorest residents, predominantly African American, who are more likely to get… Read More The Economics of Compassion: Can Cincinnati Wipe Out Debt by 2019?

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)

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