Living

To cute a long story short

Kids say the darndest things about the planet

Check out what kids say they would get Earth for Christmas. And find out how to win a signed copy of Kids Make It Better: A Write-in, Draw-in Journal.

Necessity is a mother

Memo to ecovores: It’s cheaper being green

Listen up, locavores: Many of us live by the same ecologically sound principles as you, not so we can "live intentionally," but because we're broke.

Light my fire

Feeding our wood stove in winter

Our farm provides more than nutrition. We also have the land to thank for the toasty living room I now enjoy.

Make-doers

FarmHack celebrates 'resourceful farming with found materials'

Farming attracts tinkerers, makers, and make-doers -- and now some have begun open-sourcing their inventions on a new blog.

BABY, YOU CAN DRIVE MY CAR

Rent a stranger’s car (or rent out yours) with RelayRides

Think ZipCar minus the communal cars, and you've got RelayRides. You can rent out your vehicle for an hour or find a ride nearby if you're carless.

A way with birds

Ask Umbra Book Club: What should we do about cats killing birds?

Umbra sparks discussion of her Book Club pick "Freedom" with video of author Jonathan Franzen talking about how to get people to care about the environment.

The GINK Chronicles

How the childfree can be parents too

Deciding to be childfree doesn't have to mean forgoing the joys of parenting. Co-parenting has a lot to offer for the childfree, parents, and kids.

Crowd control

Ask Umbra’s Book Club: Why don’t people talk about population?

Overpopulation is a big theme in Umbra's latest Book Club selection, Freedom. We've got exclusive Grist video of author Jonathan Franzen talking about the issue. Why isn't everyone else talking about it? Do you worry about 220,000 new people being added to the planet every day? Tell us what you think, whether you've read the book or not.

Story of Stocking Stuffers

Live chat with the Story of Stuff’s Annie Leonard

'Tis the season of giving, which is why Umbra is looking forward to chatting with Annie Leonard, the mastermind behind the Story of Stuff project.