Green Magazines

Even though I write a green blog, I still like to learn new green practices as well as keep up on current green news. Of course, the Internet provides a great number of resources, but there are also green magazines. Here are a few examples:

Mother Jones

Mother Jones magazine is known for its investigative reporting that that includes green issues. Editor-in-chief Roger Cohn took over in 1999 and helped move the magazine towards environmental issues. Before joining Mother Jones, Cohn was executive editor at Audubon. Cohn has since left to serve as editor of YaleEnvironmental Online, but Mother Jones continues to be a forerunner in articles about global issues. The current issue of Mother Jones talks about how Fiji bottled water became so popular. By the way, the photo here is of the original Mother Jones, labor and community organizer Mary Harris Jones.


Rather than concentrate on the negative, Yes! concentrates on what you can do to help the environment. The latest issue has articles on green workers co-ops in NY who are turning trash into treasure and one about 31 Ways to Jump Start the Local Economy (how to make it with less, share more, and put people and the planet first).

Orion Magazine

Orion began back in June of 1982 and its belief was simple: that humans are morally responsible for the world and each one should develop a personal connection with nature. Since then the bi-monthly magazine as grown, just as the awareness of environmental issues has grown. The latest issue has articles about changing communities and activists championing for windmills as well as a variety of great photos of nature.

Earth Island Journal

For the past twenty+ years, Earth Island Journal has published its quarterly journal that contained information about protecting the environment. The journal has been recognized three times by Utne Reader for its environmental coverage and it has won six Project Censored Awards, which recognizes magazines covering news stories ignored by mainstream media. Among the articles in the current issue is one about the ever growing world population, how the population growth effects the U.S.’s environment, and notes on global warming.

So next time you are at the bookstore, looking for a magazine, see if you can find the green section – who knows what you will learn!

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About Libby Pelham

I have always loved to write and gives me the opportunity to share my passion for writing with others. I work full-time as a web developer at UTHSC and most of my other time is spent with my son (born 2004). I love everything pop culture, but also enjoy writing about green living (it has opened my eyes to many things!) and health (got to worry about that as you get older!).