Families at a tree planting day at Te Muri, New Zealand in June 2017.
Mostly, humans have been devastating to the planet but, on rare occasions, we get it right. Here are stories of people who live in harmony with their surroundings, from Tibet to Morocco and beyond.
The Whanganui River, seen here, is now a person under New Zealand law.
New Zealand just conferred personhood upon the Whanganui River, giving it standing to legally defend its rights. Can this novel strategy save the environment?
Protests in Ecuador.
But there is a stand-off on the left of the political spectrum.
Cash on hand helps poor families climb out of poverty.
A new study shows that conditional cash transfers have helped Ecuador's poorest households climb out of poverty. When that money was paired with capital to invest, people fared even better.
Lenin Moreno celebrates after Ecuador’s election board said he won the country’s presidential election.
A brief chronicle of the Ecuadorian election fraud that wasn't.
Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa (L) and Presidential candidate Lenin Moreno greet supporters.
Recent elections in Latin America have suggested a retreat from left-wing politics and populist leaders. But results from Ecuador's 2017 presidential election suggest otherwise.
Ecuador’s Rafael Correa is one of the wold’s top politician-tweeters.
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When leaders of weak democracies use social media to connect with their constituents, people feel heard. But Twitter responses won't give citizens what they need.
Will Lenin Moreno be Ecuador’s next president?
First-round voting confirmed that populist president Rafael Correa's AP movement is still Ecuador's most powerful political force. But the right is gaining strength.
A report from Habitat III in Ecuador, where 50,000 delegates are trying to change the world.
Living his best life?
Ecuador is known for promoting the 'Buen Vivir' development policy agenda. But the state's response to a recent earthquake brought its commitment into question.
Assange holds forth at the Ecuadorean embassy.
Can the contentious UN verdict pull Julian Assange out of the world's strangest diplomatic quagmire?
Did we miss him?
The statute of limitations is expiring on some of the charges against the Wikileaks founder – but not all of them.
Drawing inspiration from Buen Vivir, this mural is by the famous Brigada Ramona Parra, a political street art collective in Chile.
Buen Vivir is a concept and practice influencing politics and communities across South America. It involves a radically different way of thinking about collective wellbeing and sustainable living.
Supporters of Julian Assange mark his 1,000th day in the Ecuadorean embassy in London in March.
A Swedish court decision means Julian Assange will remain confined to the Ecuadorean embassy in London. Like the muckrakers of old, he offends the powerful, but his journalistic cause is just.
Impossible dreams: a Syriza rally in Athens.
After years of austerity, European citizens are organising resistance and voting against the politics of fear. Will they learn from Latin America's painful experience?
Julian Assange addresses the media from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Julian Assange’s appearance on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London to hold forth on his current situation, and President Obama, added a bizarre new chapter to the long-running Wikileaks saga…