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By The Daily Climate
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About this project

We often hear climate change is something for our kids to deal with. Well, here they are. And so is climate change.

The problem:

Climate change is seen as far off: Polar bears, sea-rise in 2100. It gets lost in the news cycle, while deniers fill online discussions with bombast and vitriol.

The solution:

We want to overcome the insidious nature of climate change – and climate denial – by bringing untold stories of climate change happening now, on your doorstep to the attention of scientists and journalists.

The concept:

An online newsroom where you can find the best journalism on what's happening to our environment today.

A community of scientists engaged and interested in helping the public understand what's driving these changes – and what we can do about it.

A platform for you to post questions, photos, observations about your world, with real-time feedback from experts.

We've got a proven track record: We've been reporting on climate science for seven years. The model works: Other platforms meld science and public observation. In a year, YellowstoneWolf.org has gathered 1,000 photos of wolves in Yellowstone National Park from park visitors.

Isn't it time the most important issue of our era had a similar platform?

You can see it. Smell it. Feel it. Our world is changing. It's changing now, right on our doorstep.

Take the best of citizen science and add journalism. That's "Climate at your Doorstep."

Doorstep is a gathering space – a virtual town square – where the public, scientists, policy makers and journalists can get together and share and react to changes we're seeing right now, all around us. This amplifies your voice: Changes you see and questions you have get seen by others, become part of the public discussion and help shape science and journalism that in turn shapes and informs public policy.

Real stories, about you, your neighbors, your community coping with difficult choices facing us all right now.

We got this idea after putting together The Daily Climate every day of the week for almost seven years. We aggregate scores of climate stories every day. Politicians see this as a far-off issue. It's time to show how that's not true anymore. It's time to build an interactive platform to show and share how change is underway now.

USGS ecologist Clint Muhlfeld with a westslope cutthroat trout in Glacier National Park, Mont. Photo by Noah Clayton/USGS
USGS ecologist Clint Muhlfeld with a westslope cutthroat trout in Glacier National Park, Mont. Photo by Noah Clayton/USGS

Phase 1 started last August, when we started looking for climate stories in the here-and-now. You can see the 36 or so we've published since then here in The Daily Climate's archives.

This is Phase 2. Other phases will follow. It's time to make this come alive.

We want to build a community anyone can post photos, comments, observations and questions about their world. We'll bring in scientists  willing to think and talk about your observations, answer your questions and share some of their research and questions.

And we will publish the journalism that ties all of this together.

Three things: Citizen participation, climate journalism and cutting-edge science, with a way for you to contribute to the richness and selection of all three.

How to participate, in three easy steps:

We're testing this concept right now. You can get involved today.

1. See something interesting – a crazy hail storm, your super-dry garden, or, as above, a hike through an old forest burn? Snap a picture, take a video and put it on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or Instagram with the #climatedoorstep hashtag.

2. Our software will find it and put it up on the platform we're building for this on The Daily Climate.

3. If you've got a question, add that, too. Don't forget the hashtag! We're creating a panel of scientists to help provide answers.

That's it. It's a simple experiment in science and journalism. Help us prove it works.

Change the paradigm, so journalism is more than just reporters saying what the news is

We have a proven track record: For almost seven years now, we've gathered the best journalism worldwide on a daily basis. And we've raised money to support a team of journalists and researchers that every year aggregates 20,000 to 30,000 stories on climate change and researches, reports and publishes 80 unique stories on the topic.

But it's one-sided. It's time to change the model so it isn't just journalists saying what the news is.

Eric Fournel, vineyard director of Duval-LeRoy Champagne in France, looks over the winery's grapes. Screenshot by Faun Kime/Daily Climate
Eric Fournel, vineyard director of Duval-LeRoy Champagne in France, looks over the winery's grapes. Screenshot by Faun Kime/Daily Climate

It won't happen at once. We need $25,000 for this first phase to get the initial work on the platform done, to create a home for your photos and journalism, to create the community of climate scientists, and to commission and publish a handful of stories and photo essays based on ideas you recommend.

You can shape these stories

Here are some of the stories we have our eyes on. We can't afford them yet. Your donations will allow us to write and publish them. More importantly, your ideas, observations and questions will shape what stories we do:

  • Stuck in the airport? Welcome to the future
    Weather delays are a $30 billion headache for the airline industry – and a cause of untold misery for passengers. The problem is only getting worse as storms intensify.
  • Dude, where's my cocaine?
    Change the climate, and you trigger a host of unexpected impacts: A more expensive cup of coffee. Blah garden tomatoes. Lower quality cocaine or marijuana. That's right: The casual - and not-so-casual - drug user has a stake in what happens with U.S. emissions. We're going to track these changes and more.
  • Montana's wild, wonderful winter wheat
    Not all climate stories are bad. Here's a good one: Montana's winter wheat crop used to crash every seven years or so. Harsh, biting winters often froze even the state's hardy winter wheat stock. But Montana's $1 billion wheat industry hasn't seen a crash since 1991. And you know what that means for us? More cake. And cheaper bread.
  • Rebuilding lives, over and over again
    Flood and fire. It's a regular cycle in the West and, increasingly, the Midwest and East. We've all seen photos of distraught neighbors as homes torch or flood-damaged household goods get piled on the curb. But what happens when the smoke clears and the mud is trucked away? We want to get to spots that have been hit by disaster and show you what life looks a year or two after Mother Nature shuffles the deck.
Sgt. Lee Savoy, a soldier with the 256th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Lousiana National Guard, evacuating a child in the wake of 2012's Hurricane Isaac. Photo by U.S. Army
Sgt. Lee Savoy, a soldier with the 256th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Lousiana National Guard, evacuating a child in the wake of 2012's Hurricane Isaac. Photo by U.S. Army

We need your voice to make this come alive.

A platform where we can all gather

We want to build our reporting around your observations and your world. We want to build a platform where everyone – journalists, scientists, the public – can interact.

Join the conversation. Help support and create the Climate at Your Doorstep project.

How we'll spend the money

$25,625 is a lot of money. But we're going to use it to leverage a lot of attention on an important issue.
$25,625 is a lot of money. But we're going to use it to leverage a lot of attention on an important issue.

 How can we thank you?

Let's face it: Kickstarter campaigns are about the schwag, too. And we're excited to finally, after seven years of putting the Daily Climate together, have our own coffee mugs and T-shirts. Give generously enough, and we'll buy you lunch as well.

But the most exciting thing is our new, customizable newsletter: Every day we gather upwards of 200 stories reported by media outlets worldwide on some two dozen broad topics. You tell us what stories you're interested in, and we'll deliver the best of those stories straight to your inbox. Donate $300 or more to the Doorstep project and we'll give you a free one-year subscription.

Risks and challenges

This project will only work if the public gets involved. We reach an engaged audience via our websites, our daily newsletters and our social media platforms. But it has to get bigger. And we hope that your posts and tweets and comments to your friends and associates will prompt others to join the discussion. And that their comments, in turn, prompt others.

We'll also, at some point in the future, need to establish a dedicated platform for this. Hashtags will only take this community so far. But that's for later phases of the project.

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    Sponsor a community photo upload. Bring climate change to life for viewers worldwide. We'll tweet and promote that photo - and your name - far and wide.

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    Free three-month access to our new Climate at your Doorstep newsletter. Every afternoon we'll deliver to your inbox the top three climate stories of the day plus the best of the Climate at Your Doorstep coverage we've seen either from our own reporters or other journalists at other media outlets worldwide.

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    Priority access for your question OR get our first-ever Daily Climate T-shirt. We present one of your questions to our climate science panel before any others. Or you get an all-cotton, made-with-pride-in-the-USA T-shirt by American Apparel. Plus you get a free three-month subscription to our Climate at Your Doorstep newsletter

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    We will create a customized daily newsletter on climate topics of interest to you, based on the news stories we aggregate every day. We gather upwards of 200 stories on two dozen different topics each day.

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    You sponsor a climate scientist's participation in the Climate at Your Doorstep community for a year. And you get to ask him or her the first question. Plus we'll send you a T-shirt and a one-year free subscription to our customized newsletter.

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    Sponsor a photo essay by prize-winning photojournalist Gary Braasch. We'll brainstorm ideas with you and try to integrate one or more of those into the essay. We'll keep you abreast of Gary's work. We'll credit you when the essay is published. And you get a free, one-year subscription to our customizable newsletter

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    Sponsor a story on The Daily Climate. We will brainstorm with you about story ideas, and we'll credit you when the report is published, though Daily Climate retains full editorial control of the piece. We want your suggestions for good Climate at Your Doorstep stories, and we'll integrate one or more of those ideas into the reporting. We'll send you updates as the story unfolds. And we'll give you a one-year subscription to our new customizable newsletter.

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