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We all hear discouraging news about threats and damage to the environment, human rights, etc., and we only rarely hear about people and organizations worldwide who are responding and often finding solutions to these issues. Many of these stories can be found in this databse. The issues that this database seeks to address include peace, social justice, environmental concerns, ethnic conflict, corporate abuse, preservation of biological and cultural heritage, among others.

This collection of over 1,000 instances is intended to provide:

  • a source of information
  • a source of encouragement
  • A reminder that you are not struggling alone and that it is not hopeless

Included with the successes are also partial or temporary successes, promising but incomplete efforts, and failed efforts that are worth a second look. 


Actions can often be applied to different situations. For instance, a strategy for protecting the environment might also be useful for protecting human rights. So, try browsing to find more valuable strategies and tactics.  Just randomly browse through the database, or look at the "Editor's Choice" cases.

Please keep in mind that there are many factors that make for success or failure in a given situation, and that everything contains the seeds of its opposite. No success or failure is ever complete or permanent.


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  542: Oregon Tree-Sitters Save Old Growth Forest

"The young tree-sitters at Fall Creek in Oregon's Willamette National Forest have saved more than half of their old-growth grove from logging. Occupying an interlocked village of platforms 200 feet above the ground for more than three years, the tree-sitters resisted attempts by the U.S. Forest Service to dislodge them. In addition to providing shelter, the treetop vantage points led the activists t... 

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  564: Joint Palestinian-Israel Journal Explores Positive Possibilities

"A year ago, two prominent journalists, Ziad Abu Zayyad and Victor Cygielman, one Palestinian, the other Israeli, co founded the Palestine-Israel Journal, Their goal: "to enhance the current peace process by providing a platform where the complex issues of the Israeli-Palestinian imbroglio could be examined seriously and critically, free of prejudice and taboos." Articles report on and analyze the I... 

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  241: Logging Contract rejected due to Environmental Concerns

"An international letter-writing campaign helps stop the logging of the largest remaining pine savannah in Central America. Members of Global Response - an international network of environmental activists - wrote letters to the president of Honduras and the President of the Honduran Congress, urging them to delay ratification of a contract that would allow Stone Container Corporation to log the lar... 

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  745: Indian Solar Rally Riders Choose Rickshaws

"A minimum of seven solar powered rickshaws will be used to transport participants part of the way along the route of the Royal Rajasthan Solar Rally, organised by the Maharana Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF) and Malcolm Moss, for 29th March 2003. Those participating will be invited to select the design of rickshaw that best suits their personal requirements, and at the end of then journey, it wi... 

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  30: Agroecology: Kicking the Pesticide Habit

"Paul Buxman, a California small farmer who grows peaches, hasn't used pesticides since an outbreak of cancers among local farm families occurred in 1982. Even without the chemicals, he farms successfully today. Many cases like Buxman's disprove the agribusiness myths that pesticides are indispensable, or that large farms are more productive than small farms.

Large, industrial-style farms i... 

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