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Sheriffs refuse to send troops to Standing Rock as public outrage mounts

The state governor has ordered the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters to evacuate, but will the authorities enforce that decision?

What we choose to resist

With a climate change denier in the White House, what are the prospects for the Paris Agreement on climate change?

When a tiger has no value

The quest for profit is transforming the natural world. Can it be halted?

The rise of veganism in politics

On World Vegan Day it’s time to recognize that veganism isn’t just a fashion statement. The decision to boycott animal products has major political implications.

Fear of a living planet

By refusing to recognize that the Earth is alive we implicitly endorse the worldview that enables our destruction of the planet (3k words).

Climate justice meets racism: Standing Rock was decades in the making

The militarized response to activists opposing the Dakota Access pipeline—and the Standing Rock Sioux’s fierce resolve—reflect the area's deep racial divides.

Catastrophism is as much an obstacle to addressing climate change as denial

Is our confidence in the unifying power of fear obstructing action to combat global warming?

Wildlife conservationists need to break out of their Stockholm syndrome

Instead of fighting a destructive economic system, international conservation NGOs are bonding with its brutality.

Looking back: 12 of Transformation's greatest articles

I'm leaving after three years at openDemocracy. Here are some of my favourite, must-read articles from writers to watch out for.

Zoos are the problem, not the solution to animal conservation

Instead of imprisoning animals for profit, why not support shared efforts in coexistence?

What's happening to the millions of people displaced by climate change?

Weather-related hazards are displacing millions of people globally. The World Humanitarian Summit was a start, but countries need to start dealing with climate refugees.

Socially constructed silence? Protecting policymakers from the unthinkable.

The scientific community is profoundly uncomfortable with the storm of political controversy that climate research is attracting. What’s going on?

Four ways mainstream animal rights movements are oppressive

Animal rights campaigns like PETA care more for animals than they do for the lives of marginalized people.

Carry on flying: why activists should take to the skies

Protesting against air travel might displace attention away from the actions required to reduce carbon emissions at the necessary scale.

Going out, I found I was really going in: John Muir’s spiritual and political journey

The story of a pioneering naturalist stands as one of the best examples of an individual’s spiritual awakening becoming a catalyst for social change.

The environmental movement: a blockbuster in the making?

Stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things are the building blocks of transformation, but they have to be told wisely and well.

100% renewable energy: what we can do in 10 years

It will take at least three decades to completely leave behind fossil fuels. But we can do it. The first step is to start with the easy stuff.

The puzzle of low oil prices—has the race to beat the carbon bubble already started?

The post-carbon world is fast emerging from the shell of the old. Even Saudi Arabia is planning for it. 

Can love stories change the world?

Through compassionate connection we can begin to find the foundations of community.  

Beyond Paris: avoiding the trap of carbon metrics

Instead of changing our economic system to make it fit within the natural limits of the planet, we are redefining nature so that it fits within the economic system.

The Pipeline Strikes Back: the audacity of TransCanada's $15b suit against the U.S.

The political saga of the Keystone XL pipeline is like a real-life version of The Force Awakens. So why are we giving the Dark Side even more power?

The legend of Greenham Common women's peace camp

Greenham was an alternative world, an anti-nuclear protest by hundreds of thousands of women activists. At 'Bringing Greenham Home', we relived the spirit with films and talks from those who were there.

How to stop competing and start building community

To get the most out of a community, you need a shared strategy, a space to grow, and to practice liberation. 

From the shelf to the bin: food waste and the culture of rush

A third of all food that’s produced in the world is thrown away as ‘waste.’ What’s going on? Español

A love letter to wilderness

Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity for the human spirit (video, 3 minutes).

Six hopeful breakthroughs from 2015

Despite conflicts and crises at home and abroad, 2015 offered glimpses of the road to a more just, compassionate, and sustainable world. 

Why South Africa's gold miners are suing their bosses

Tens of thousands of gold miners are suffering with diseases like silicosis, tuberculosis and HIV. In the mines, Apartheid lives on.

If the MacArthur Foundation wants a low carbon economy, why is it investing in fossil fuels and ignoring grassroots action?

Too many foundations fail to practice what they preach on climate change. It’s time to close the gap. 

Is Pope Francis an ecofeminist?

Integrating ecology with feminism is the only way to implement the Vatican’s newfound enthusiasm for environmental concerns. 

Would you bulldoze your own temple?

"We are our land and our land is us." Hawaiians stand for a mountain.

We have the right to have that basic thing—it’s water

Water is life, and it belongs to all of us. It’s time to start acting that way.

Staying human in a time of climate change

Knowing about climate science isn’t enough. We need to get our hearts involved too. 

The overwhelming whiteness of Portland's World Naked Bike Ride

Seeing a mass of drunk and high naked white people celebrating their newfound liberty with police officers standing guard is a slap to the face. 

California’s drought: the canary in the coalmine?

There is no place on earth that can be safe, secure or healthy in a world that is running out of water.

Five reasons why you never want to be rich

If you’re suffering from ‘affluenza’ it’s time to recognize that you’re sick.

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