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Hot temperatures. Brutal conflicts. From ground zero of climate change,  a new publication.
Hot temperatures. Brutal conflicts. From ground zero of climate change, a new publication.
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    Up your social media action with Valentina Ruiz, our brilliant social media manager. Valentina has worked for newspapers in Venezuela. She's just finishing up her Masters in Journalism at UBC.

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    Join a webinar with our humour writer, Jordan Yerman. May date, to be announced.

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    2 postcards. One of the iconic spirit bear from the Great Bear Rainforest and one aerial view of the Great Bear Rainforest by National Observer photographer, Andrew S. Wright

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    A TANKTOP FEATURING ORIGINAL ARTWORK BY GRIMES.

    Be fashion-forward with a unique tank top featuring original art by Grimes, the acclaimed singer-songwriter and artist whose song you listened to in our video.

    You'll get a surprise gift from in the package when it arrives as well. Hurry, as supply is very limited!

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    COLLECTOR'S ITEM: LIMITED EDITION. Tar Sands Reporting Project t shirt. XL only.

    See our photo of Grimes rocking out her XL Tar Sands Reporting Project t shirt.

    Think how good it will look on you!

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    Join National Observer editor-in-chief Linda for a webinar on the story behind the story of this Kickstarter campaign, which she has been working on for...

    Linda will share how many months it took her to plan, how long it took the team to make the video, how many people had a hand in the writing, editing, tweaking and providing invaluable advice for this project.

    She'll also answer your questions about crowd-funded campaigns.

    If this project makes its target, it'll be our team's third successful crowd-funded journalism campaign.

    On hand also will be Jordan Yerman to weigh in on what it really takes to deliver rewards, as Jordan beautifully manages these things.

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    Extract: The Pipeline Wars Vol. 2 Kinder Morgan.

    Exclusive photography book focusing on the protest against the Kinder Morgan pipeline on Burnaby Mountain. All photographs and text produced by our team.

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    High resolution photograph of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Archbishop Desmond Tutu by National Observer photographer Bill Weaver.

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    An eerily beautiful aerial photograph (poster-sized) of the oil sands by National Observer photographer Andrew S. Wright.

    PLUS: a webinar with the photographer on the challenges of photographing the oil sands.

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    We will write an advertorial about your business or non profit.

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    YOUR MOST DRAMATIC MOMENT

    For us launching the National Observer is one of our most dramatic moments, involving risk and challenge. And joy.

    We'll ask you what's the biggest risk you ever took...YOUR most dramatic, joyful or inspired moment?

    You'll recount your adventure, and we'll turn it into a story. We'll ask you for images to go along with the story.

    After your review, we'll publish it in The National Observer so your story can inspire others for years to come.

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    Cruise with National Observer founders for a week through the Great Bear Rainforest to view whales, bears and meet Indigenous people living in area. Dates: October 2-9. Total passengers: 13.

    If you cannot go yourself, you can use this reward to pay for the costs of sending a reporter or filmmaker who would not have the opportunity to see the area for themselves. They will then produce an in-depth piece about the journey.

    One of the world's most pristine wilderness areas is under threat from the proposed Enbridge pipeline project. If the pipeline goes through, it will move tar sands bitumen to BC's wild coast and bring more than 200 oil tankers into the waters yearly, to Kitimat, B.C, the proposed pipeline's terminus.

    You must cover all costs of getting to Bella Bella, up to when we meet our vessel, The Island Roamer.

    Your reward covers all costs once on board this luxury sailboat which will take you into a wilderness so breathtaking it will change the way you see the world. We will provide travel details and recommendations up to Bella Bella and for getting home after cruise. Prepare for dazzling sunny days, and misty, rain-drenched mornings, as you witness the brutal, inspiring journey of salmon upstream, and the feast they make for eagles, bears and wolves.

    Americans, take advantage of great USD-CAD exchange rate to see the Great Bear Rainforest with us, and to benefit from enriching evening talks on the issue, storytelling, and unique photographic opportunities.

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