Madeline Ostrander

Madeline Ostrander is a freelance writer based in Seattle and a contributing editor of YES! Magazine.  Her website is: http://madelineostrander.net. Follow her on Twitter: @madelinevo

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Sunday, February 19, 2017
Science Isn't Just for Scientists—We Can All Take Part
After he moved to London in his early 20s, Luke Howard became obsessed with the weather. Howard had a day job running a pharmacy business in the 1790s and early 1800s, but he spent a lot of his spare time staring at the sky. He collected a set of makeshift weather instruments—glass thermometers; a...
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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Can the Stuck-in-Place Economy Help Us Face Climate Change?
After I finished high school in the flat, square corn country of central Illinois, I fled—along with many of my fellow classmates. We chased jobs or graduate school in places like San Francisco, New York, or Washington, D.C. I settled in Seattle. It wasn't until I hit my 30s that I became aware of the social costs of this mobility.
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Thursday, December 12, 2013
The Education of Bill McKibben: How the Unlikely Activist Learned to Break the Rules
The tasks Bill McKibben set for himself were monumental. Start a genuinely grassroots movement at a time when many big environmental groups focus on mouse-click petitions, fundraising, and lobbying done by professionals. Marshal enough political will to put a finger in the proverbial dike: to hold back climate change, the worst crisis to face society.
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Thursday, November 28, 2013
Authors to Converge on Indie Bookstores to Help Boost Holiday Sales
In the world of retail, independent bookstores exist in a category all their own — some combination of library, university, meeting house, lecture hall, coffee shop, art gallery, and concert space. And, in the age of digital publishing, reviving and protecting the neighborhood bookstore has become a sort of social cause.
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Sunday, November 03, 2013
Adapting to Climate Change: It's Not About Giving Up, It's About Getting Real
It was clear last year at election time that Seattle needed a new sea wall to replace the crumbling, worm-eaten infrastructure that has girded the waterfront since the early 20th century.
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Friday, July 19, 2013
Dar Williams: Why the Music of Protest Is Still Worth Defending
It’s become fashionable to say that political music is either dead or irrelevant.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
After Durban: Climate Activists Target Corporate Power
“I feel like I've written the same story for the past three years,” climate reporter Kate Sheppard tweeted from Durban, South Africa, last week.
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Saturday, October 01, 2011
Keystone XL in the Heartland: Eco-Politics Back on the Ranch
It’s been a surprise story for the national media. During hearings held by the State Department this week, some of the loudest
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Saturday, September 03, 2011
Pipeline Risk: Who's Judging?
After the Deepwater Horizon spill, Americans were outraged to find out how lax government officials had been in their oversight of the oil industry. It looks like history could repeat itself with the Keystone XL pipeline —the proposed 1,700-mile pipeline that will transport bitumen from the Canadian tar sands across the United States.
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Thursday, September 01, 2011
Asking for What Obama Promised
It’s hard to get away from corporations’ influence in Washington, D.C. Even at the new Martin Luther King Jr. memorial this weekend, I noted that the sponsors list, etched on a stone wall, was a litany of the most recognizable corporate heavy-hitters—including Walmart, ExxonMobil, Fannie Mae, Lehman Brothers, PepsiCo, and BP.
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