Tales of a crafty Christmas

When the whole family decided to go DIY, all bets were off. Would the gifts be awesome, or would it end badly? And most importantly, what would the boyfriend do?


Thanks for nothing: A post-holiday report from Grist’s Grinch

Our maverick dad set out to create a magical holiday for his family without buying them presents. Santa proved unstoppable, but he still claims victory.

Business & Technology

Energy conservation gets gamified

Businesses are using gamification to goad us into buying more junk. But some people are trying to harness online games for good causes.


Marijuana growers endanger salmon, bears, and even dogs

The market for pot in California is booming, thanks to the legalization of medical marijuana, and that means bad news for the environment and critters.


The new holiday mantra: More fun, less stuff

This year, go easy on the wallet and light on the land by writing your own rules for the holidays. Just don't lose the magic in the process.


Ask Umbra: What will it take to change the world?

A reader asks if saving the planet is better done from the top down or the bottom up. Umbra responds with a Four-Point Guide to Combating Either-Or Thinking.

Climate & Energy

Be considerate of future generations — and future species, too

In all likelihood, the impacts of climate change will outlast us, as a species. So what, if anything, do we owe our distant, post-human descendants?


Grist’s ‘Shift the Gift’ campaign hits national TV — again

Earlier this month, Grist set out to rewrite the rules of the holidays. The idea seems to be catching.


Ignore the Midwest at your own risk, says a Kansas sustainability director

Kansas may be the testing grounds for a Tea Party America, but we need the Midwest if we're going to get anything done, argues the sustainability coordinator of Lawrence, Kan.