When we at Climate Confidential launched our initial campaign, in March 2014, we had modest goals. We wanted to build a home for stories about the intersection of the environment and technology, rooted in deep knowledge of both subjects. We wanted to be able to pay ourselves something for producing those stories. We thought it would be cool to host an event or two.
Your support blew those modest plans out of the water. With hundreds of subscribers and several large donations from individuals and organizations, we closed our campaign determined to do a whole lot more: host quarterly events, produce 4 – 5 stories a month in themed issues, partner with other outlets to find a larger audience for our work, and think about ways in which we could support other reporters who were doing important work in our field.
Thanks to your continued readership and feedback, we’ve pulled it off. In its first year of existence, Climate Confidential produced more than 60 stories and hosted three events. We have partnered on stories and events with more than a dozen outlets, including The Atlantic, The Guardian UK, Scientific American, Smithsonian, Pacific Standard, Modern Farmer, Popular Science, Quartz, and many more. As a result, your subscriptions have supported climate coverage that reaches readers far beyond Beacon, and our stories have deepened an ongoing conversation about businesses, communities, and society reckoning with environmental change. (more…)