Nature & Environment

Explore how sustainability creates a connection between our communities and the natural world that sustains us.

Joel Salatin: a Beyond Organic Local Food Activist

By Megan Phelps

The local food movement has steadily gained ground since its beginnings in the 1970s, and Virginia farmer Joel Salatin has become one of its biggest movers.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink

By Lester R. Brown

No mere slogan, it's becoming the mantra for materials management: reduce, reuse, recycle.

Conservation Education for Kids

By Alison Rogers

Through its "Change the World, Start with Energy Star" campaign, the EPA is partnering with other groups to advance energy efficiency and conservation education for kids.

Big Businesses Unite to Fight Global Warming

By Megan Hirt

As the effects of climate change begin to adversely affect business, more big-name companies are steping up to fight global warming.


Are We Losing the Meaning of Sustainability?

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors

A recent advertising campaign from one of the world’s largest agribusinesses misses the larger point when it uses the term ‘sustainable.’ Sooner or later, we’ll all have to recognize the elephant in the room.

Beauty in the National Wilderness Preservation System

By Ben Beach

Created in 1964, the National Wilderness Preservation System assures the continued existence of wild land and vital ecosystems within the United States. Originally published as "The Beauty of Wilderness: A Photo Essay from The Wilderness Society" in the August/September 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

John Shuttleworth, Co-founder of Mother Earth News, 1937-2009

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors

We were saddened to learn today that John Shuttleworth — who co-founded Mother Earth News with his first wife Jane — passed away in late March. He was 71 and died of natural causes at his Evergreen, Colo., home. We take a moment to reflect on Shuttleworth’s vision and the creation of "The Original Guide to Living Wisely.”

Protecting Scientific Integrity

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors

Independent science is the best tool we have to solve the challenges facing society, but in recent years powerful monied interests have interfered with scientific integrity. Originally published as "Protecting the Integrity of Science" in the June/July 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

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Aug. 5-6, 2017
Albany, Ore.

Discover a dazzling array of workshops and lectures designed to get you further down the path to independence and self-reliance.