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259 backers pledged CA$ 51,548 to help bring this project to life.

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Canada is at a crucial moment in its history. Even though the vast majority of Canadians want an integrated approach to climate change and energy, we are increasingly being divided by polarized debates about our natural resources. Government and industry are spending millions of dollars on advertising campaigns designed to confuse the public. 

Meantime, newspapers and TV stations are slashing staff at the time we need them most.

That’s why DeSmog Canada is launching this reporting project to clean up Canada’s energy debate by shining a light on issues overlooked by traditional media.

With your support, we will:

• Bring you the most in-depth stories on government and industry spending on multi-million dollar ad campaigns selling pipelines and oil development. 

• Shine a spotlight on fake grassroots groups designed to confuse the public debate.

• Tell the stories of scientists who are being muzzled and bring voice to scientific evidence. 

 Our job is to put the public interest first. But for public interest journalism to work, we need your support at this pivotal moment.

Risks and challenges

An overwhelming majority of the world’s climate scientists agree the world's climate is changing and that the burning of fossil fuels is to blame. We know the risks are incalculable and, increasingly, we understand the solutions are affordable.

We firmly believe Canadians deserve more constructive conversations about our energy future. To do so, we need to be realistic about the challenges of moving away from fossil fuels while addressing the urgency of climate change.

For the past 18 months, DeSmog Canada has brought Canadians ground-breaking reporting on important climate and energy issues. Here are just a few examples:

• We reported on the Government of Alberta inviting oil companies to design curriculum for kids' classrooms. After campaigners jumped on our story, public pressure led one major company to back out of the project.

• A DeSmog Canada investigation uncovered unprecedented spending by Enbridge in advance of a vote on the Northern Gateway pipeline in Kitimat.

• This summer, we uncovered how Postmedia, one of Canada’s largest newspaper chains, ran paid advertisements for the oil industry disguised as editorial content.

At DeSmog Canada, we know to clean up the debate we need to reach Canadians of all stripes. That’s why we don’t just publish stories on our website — our articles are routinely featured in The Huffington Post, Victoria Times-Colonist and Vancouver Observer and our coverage has sparked stories in the Calgary Herald, CBC Radio, Metro News and the Calgary Sun.

With an award-winning team of environmental journalists, researchers, web strategists and communications experts, we are uniquely positioned to clean up Canada’s energy debate.

We can't wait to show you what we can do with your support.

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    Want to see the DeSmog Canada team jump into icy-cold west coast Canadian water? This is a special (and painful) promise we’ll make to all of you willing to donate $10 for this project. We’ll post the video on YouTube for your viewing pleasure.

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    For a pledge of $25 you’ll receive a hand-written postcard from DeSmog Canada editor Carol Linnitt. This personal touch perk will hopefully remind you how important you are to the work we do and how you helped make it possible!

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    A personally signed copy of Climate Cover Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming, written by our founder Jim Hoggan. It’s a must-have for every bookshelf.

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    A frameable high-quality print from famed photographer and international wanderer Kris Krug. Kris has curated a special collection of images — from our 2012 DeSmog expedition to northern Alberta to visit the oilsands — just for you! The prints will be beautiful 11x14 images.

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    Ever wondered what it would be like to do an Access to Information request on yourself or your organization? Well, we’re your experts! Let us guide you through the process and show you how to submit requests for up to five provincial or federal departments. Freedom of information, my friends!

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    DeSmog Canada writes a lot of interesting series about topics that matter to Canadians. If you donate $750 we will dedicate an entire series to you and write it in your honour, but amazingly, for the benefit of everyone. Your friends will be sooo jealous.

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    Celebrated Canadian actress and star of Lost and The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Evangeline Lilly will send you a personal thank you video. Yes, you. Yes, Evangeline Lilly. You know why? Because you are awesome.

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    Wow! Thank you! To show our gratitude, we will treat you and a friend to an amazing west coast experience with our DeSmog Canada team! Your choice of a full day of chartered fishing off beautiful Galiano Island or an excursion to Vancouver Island to snorkel an epic British Columbia pink salmon run with DeSmog Canada managing editor Carol Linnitt.

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    You’re a DeSmog Canada super supporter. And you know what that means? You and a friend win a chocophile's dream excursion at Denman Island Chocolate. This perk includes a private tour of the factory, a chocolate tempering workshop and lunch with Daniel Terry, cofounder and owner. Plus, you'll go home with a customized box of chocolate bars. Yum.

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    If there’s any way to thank you for this level of support, maybe it’s this: Imagine an adventure with Canada’s version of Indiana Jones, National Geographic’s explorer in residence Wade Davis. An epic excursion in the Vancouver area with one of Canada’s most celebrated adventurers and anthropologists will be entirely yours. Plus, we’ll dedicate an original DeSmog Canada in-depth series to you as a token of our gratitude.

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