3 Things You Can Do to Help Avoid Climate Disaster

By Stephanie FeldsteinThe Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a dire warning last week: We need to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and we need to do it fast to avoid catastrophic climate change.At the current rate, our global carbon budget will be spent in the next 10 to 14 years. We

Why Trump’s Shrinking of Bears Ears Will Be Reversed

By Eric Biber, Nicholas Bryner, Sean B. Hecht and Mark Squillace On Dec. 4, President Trump traveled to Utah to sign proclamations downsizing Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by nearly 50 percent. “[S]ome people think that the natural resources of Utah should be controlled by a small handful of very distant bureaucrats located in Washington,”

Turning Appalachia’s Mountaintop Coal Mines Into Farms

By Catherine V. Moore On a surface-mine-turned-farm in Mingo County, West Virginia, former coal miner Wilburn Jude plunks down three objects on the bed of his work truck: a piece of coal, a sponge and a peach. He’s been tasked with bringing in items that represent his life’s past, present and future. “This is my heritage right here,” he said, picking up the coal . Since the time of his Irish immigrant great-grandfathers, all the males in his family have been miners. “Right now I’m a sponge,” he said, pointing to the next object, “learning up here on this job, in school, everywhere, and doing the

This Seattle Chef Is Empowering Children Through Food

By Angela Fichter Early in his career, chef Tarik Abdullah wanted to do more than work in a restaurant. It has been more than 20 years since he found his calling while volunteering as a children’s cooking instructor. Since then, his devotion hasn’t waned. The Seattle native has worked tirelessly to share his passion with his community over the years. His talents have landed him

How a Free Grocery Store Is Cutting Food Waste—and Hunger

By Rina Diane On a windy late afternoon, dozens of people have lined up in front of a 20-foot-long repurposed shipping container situated on a church parking lot. Inside, volunteers are unloading food items from custom-built shopping carts and stacking them onto rows of shelves. There are hearty rice meals and healthy salads, thick sandwiches, pies and other savory and sweet items. This is just another busy day for The Free Store. The Free Store is a