Looking back at Earth

Ice Cream, Shamans, and Climate Change

By Steven Gorelick In the summer of 1969, I was 18 years old with a job driving an ice cream truck in a small New England town. One July afternoon the weather was hot and humid – ideal for ice cream – but business was dismal, the streets almost deserted. Eventually someone ran out and…

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Keeping Your Cool in a World on Fire

This is the first post in our series by the speakers of Voices of Hope in a Time of Crises, a one-day event, which will explore localized solutions to our global problems and launch the International Alliance for Localization. Join the discussion on November 8th at The Cooper Union in New York City. By Catherine…

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Introducing Planet Local

By Sean Keller As the cracks in the global economy continue to widen, the world’s citizens are telling new stories: Off the blustery coast of British Columbia, a fisherman hauls a halibut on board, tail spraying water and scales skittering across the deck. Caught as part of the Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery, it will…

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Land Grabbing and the Threat to Local Land Rights

By Sophie Weiss In recent years, foreign governments and multinational corporations have bought or leased huge tracts of sovereign land in the developing world, converting much of it to industrialized agriculture for export. This “land grabbing” – now widespread across Africa and Asia – is most common in nations with the least secure land tenure…