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September 2002


We invite you to speak your mind on these hot topics and global issues plucked from the pages of National Geographic magazine. For more on the subject go to the online feature page, or read the September 2002 issue of NGM.

Global Freshwater Global Fresh Water
Twenty years ago one man revived an ancient method of collecting and storing rainwater in India and helped villages suffering from water shortages to recover and prosper. What can local communities do at a grass-roots level to solve their water problems? What long-discarded methods might work today? Enter>>

Shrinking Great Lakes Shrinking Great Lakes
Water levels in the Great Lakes, which hold a fifth of the world’s surface fresh water, are on the rise this year. But recently drought and warmer temperatures significantly lowered water levels, adversely affecting industries such as shipping, fishing, and water recreation. What concerns do you have about diminishing freshwater supplies? Enter>>

State of the Planet State of the Planet
The bad news is that Earth suffers from a number of significant problems. The good news is that progress is being made in some areas, such as alternatives to fossil fuels, corporate recycling of nonhazardous materials, and areas designated as wildlife preserves. But much remains to be done. What can one person do to improve the health of our planet? Enter>>

ZipUSA: New York ZipUSA: New York
The September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States left the nation reeling from the magnitude of death and destruction, a reaction that spread around the world. As America led the search for the perpetrators and the campaign to put down terrorism worldwide, citizens—particularly New Yorkers—dealt with their heartbreak and rage and set about the task of recovery. How have you been affected by September 11? How can we help families and the nation heal? Enter>>

Hip Zips Hip Zips
Nominate your favorite zip or postal code for coverage in the pages of National Geographic. Our magazine series—ZipUSA—takes a periodic peek at special corners of the country by zip code. We like the concept so much that we’re going global and extending our stories to include international postal codes as well. So describe a weird, wacky, wonderful locale of your own choosing—it just might make it into the magazine—and read postings from other folks too. Enter>>
Best of America Best of America
Some say America’s strength derives from its diversity of landscapes and cultures. And some say America’s finest moments come as we struggle to embody a singular ideal: that all people are equally endowed with the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. What does “Best of America” mean to you? How would you describe who we are as Americans? Join our discussion boards inspired by this special collector's edition, and share your thoughts about our land and our people. 
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