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These Young Women Stopped Plastic Pollution on Bali for Good

Bali. Island of gods. A green paradise. Or … a paradise lost. Bali: island of garbage? That’s how they start their TED talk. The young women onstage are confident, clear, passionate. They’re also not yet 18. Let’s rewind to the year 2012. The island nation of Bali was drowning in trash. And...

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Solder, Stitch, Patch: Fix Your Life with Repair Matters

So, your iPod battery won’t hold a charge, and your toaster now burns your bagels six months after you got it. What do you do with them? Throw them away? How many times have you heard someone say, “They don’t make them like they used to?”  Your grandmother’s stove or...

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The Nestlé Papers: What the FOIA Documents Reveal

April 26, 2016 Last week, I spent a couple of hours going through about 1,000 pages of documents related to Nestlé’s expired permit to take water from the San Bernardino National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service released that enormous stack of documents to us last Tuesday, in response to a...

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This Baltimore 20-Year-Old Stopped an Incinerator and Became an International Hero

“Baltimore holds a special place in American history. But it’s really a tale of two cities. Baltimore and to the south, Curtis Bay.” -Goldman Environmental Prize Curtis Bay is home to a medical-waste incinerator, a coal pier, and an array of chemical plants. But it’s also home to Destiny Watford....

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A Personal Journey: From “Click-tivist” to Direct Action

Today I received one of those “2 years ago” messages on Facebook and was reminded of the day on which I became an activist. If you had told me two years ago that I would be planning a cycling trip to South Wales today, to take part in an occupation of a...

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Buy a Patagonia Backpack, Rack Up Points, and Donate. Easy, Right?

A note to our readers: In The Story of Change, we spelled out our operating theory of change: that we have more power to make change as citizens than as shoppers. Yet, in our large and diverse sustainability movement, there’s an ongoing conversation about the role conscious consumption can play in...

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It’s Spring Break. These Students Aren’t Lying on Beaches. They’re Saving the Ocean.

Here’s a citizen muscle update to brighten your day. Have you ever noticed how people can make a huge difference when they get involved in the democratic workings of their local communities? In addition to Minneapolis residents getting together to propose a plastic bag ban last week, a group of...

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Where Do All the Plastic Mardi Gras Beads Go?

They shine red, white, purple, silver, gold and green. Thousands of people cheer and struggle to catch them as dozens of parade floats glide by. Strands fly through the air, sparkling in the sun. They catch on electric lines, tree branches and streetlights. The music swells as and festival-goers merrily...

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The Story of Nestlé

Just last week, we released our latest film, Our Water, Our Future, about citizens in Cascade Locks, Oregon, standing up to Nestlé with a strategy that could spell real trouble for ‘Big Water’. Facing a local government they felt had been corrupted by Nestlé, the citizens of Cascade Locks circumvented their local city council by...

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We Stand in Witness:
Berta Cáceres

On Thursday March 3, 2016, environmental and human rights activist Berta Cáceres was murdered in her home in La Esperanza, Honduras. Cáceres is a member of the Lenca indigenous group and is an internationally recognized activist who co-founded the Council of Indigenous People of Honduras (COPINH). She bravely led successful...

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They Wanted to Share the Tools in their Garage. Now, All of Minneapolis is In on It.

When Thomas was moving his family from Portland, Oregon, to Minneapolis, Minnesota, he started his housing search by looking to locate near a tool library in his new town. But where he eventually settled—northeast Minneapolis—there was none. His new neighborhood was filled with a lot of older homes—and a lot...

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These Kids Stood Up for Clean Air. With Your Help, They Might Just Win

Do you ever hear people speak admiringly of “waste-to-energy?” Well, how would that sound to you if a major company planned to set up shop in your town, build the biggest incinerator in the nation and burn 4,000 tons of waste a day? How would you like a “neighbor” that...

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When Nestlé Comes To Town

It’s been an intense few days. As I write this, I’m in Cascade Locks, Oregon with a crew of filmmakers from Let Media to film a short video about yet another Nestlé water grab. I have been both inspired and distraught, listening to the story of another community fighting a...

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They are Regular People, Just Like Us. And They Made the Ultimate Difference.

Who is a real hero? “For me, the real heroes are the everyday moms who are just trying to get dinner on the table and get their kids to do well in school, who are standing up and taking a stand against corporate polluters. People like Lois Gibbs. She was...

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How to Find Your Purpose

It’s a new year, and a clean slate for making positive change happen in yourself and in your community. But how should you get started? With so many issues that need our attention, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. The good news is that making big change...

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