Species at risk. Oceans in peril. Millions of refugees in crisis.
At a time when the earth faces overwhelming challenges, some of our oldest media outlets are fading away. Scientists tell us time is running out. But how can people take action if some of the most important stories are happening out of sight and out of mind?
This year has been the hottest in recorded history, and it also promises to be the hottest in politics.
It's the year of the craziest election in recent American history with some contenders vowing to hurl climate agreements into the dust.
Above all else, it's the year that rubber needs to hit the road on climate change action — carbon tax, emissions targets, and clean energy.
With your backing, we'll create a dramatic new series on the race against climate change.
We'll bring you reporting on where candidates in the U.S. presidential election stand on pipeline projects, LNG, big oil, and how they think and feel about climate change.
Your backing will mean we can report on places where climate stories are breaking, on struggles and solutions around the world: from the melting ice fields of the Greenland, to the subways of New York City, to the flooded streets of Miami.
We'll talk with workers left stranded by the oil and coal industry's steady decline. We'll question assumptions about fracking. And we'll pursue and publish stories we can't even imagine today. As the news unfolds, we'll be there. We'll be on the ground, bringing stories back to you for a year.
Your funding will empower one of Canada's leading investigative teams to report on:
- Corporations standing in the way of change and citizens fighting for it.
- U.S. and Canadian climate policy compared with Obama & Trudeau's promises in Paris at the UN Climate Conference
- Food security
- Tar sands, fracking
- Beautiful, inspired business solutions that move the world forward
- Animal welfare
We could still reach our stretch goal of $80,000 which will allow us to create an APP. Please pledge so we can make it easier for people to access urgent stories from "Reports from the Race Against Climate Change" right where they live.
Stuff we love to brag about ...
It's awards season in Canada. The team behind the National Observer is up for no less than four prestigious awards, this spring, nominated by the Canadian Association of Journalism for 3 stories and for the Excellence in Journalism Award by the Canadian Journalism Foundation.
Our reporters won the Canadian Journalism Foundation's Excellence in Journalism Award in 2012 and 2014, and last year, we won an award from the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals for our powerful coverage of trophy hunting in British Columbia's remote rainforest.
We also successfully over-delivered on two Kickstarter projects: the Tar Sands Reporting Project in 2014 and the Reports from the Energy Battlegrounds in 2015. Kickstarter even named the Tar Sands Reporting Project its "most socially responsible project" of year in Canada. Our readership time per page is now on par with The New York Times.
And thanks to our last Kickstarter funding we ...
- Built a progressive news platform in a country dominated by Conservative-controlled media
- Provided persistent critical coverage of the oil industry's powerful influence on the government of former Canadian Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper
- Exposed links between a senator, a pipeline company, the prime minister's office and a petro-propaganda machine
- Exposed controversial canine fur use in a large retailer, and animal cruelty across agricultural and fur-farming industries in Canada
- Sent a reporter and a videographer to the United Nations climate conference in Paris to provide daily coverage
About our rewards
Climate Man T-shirt with art by Victor Juhasz: $65.
Victor has gotta be one of North America's top political satirists. We think he's The Best.
He lampoons the powerful for publications including Rolling Stone, Esquire, The Nation and National Observer. We commissioned him to make a painting just for this campaign. Then we made it into a poster, put it on a t shirt and a cup. You can have them separately (see prices below) or all of them by pledging $250.
$50 - A unique Race Against Climate Change coffee cup, emblazoned with Victor Juhasz's 'Climate Man' illustration
$120 - A 16'' x 20'' poster of National Observer's "Climate Man" by renowned New Jersey illustrator Victor Juhasz
$2,100 - Original 13.4" x 17.7" painting of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau boxing during the 2015 election campaign by Victor Juhasz
Green Tourism Canada, Bluewater Adventure, Eagle Wing Tours and the Best Western Plus Kelowna pledged and selected the multi-media story reward. You can select it, too for $3,500. National Observer's premium advertising package sells for $8,000 to $10,000. We are offering only one more. We'll tell your story!
Join us in The Great Bear Rainforest in August
$8,000 - GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST CRUISE! AUGUST 20-SEPT 5. Video below by Bluewater Adventures shows your route to adventure and your boat, Island Roamer.
The magic starts when you meet the boat in Bella Bella, B.C.
From there, the journey begins. Witness the heartrending, inspiring spectacle of salmon spawning - the biggest migration of fish on the planet. Watch whales breach glassy waters, and track the iconic Spirit Bear up the stream in a mist-laden forest.
You'll enjoy starry black nights undisturbed by city lights, and the sunlight sparkling off the flat, calm waters of the protected coastal sea. This is not open ocean.
Photograph it all, and surprise your friends back home stunning images of whales, bears, and if you're lucky, maybe even a rare sea wolf. Enjoy delicious food and excellent company - a trip that will change your outlook on the world around you.
Classic Early Grimes T shirts and Tank tops. Rare collector's item.
Grimes is a producer and recording artist, whose new critically-acclaimed album "Art Angels" has been named Album of the Year by NME. Her outstanding song "REALiTi" below:
Grimes' hit song "Genesis" was in our last Kickstarter video, which launched the National Observer website. She's a big advocate for the environment and social justice and she rocked our Tar Sands Reporting Project t-shirt at a show in Los Angeles in 2014 after becoming a backer of our campaign.
National Observer's team
National Observer is a crowdfunded journalism site
We depend on crowdfunding for costly one to three-month investigations, well-written, in-depth stories, videos, and podcasts. Investigative reporting takes time, talent, smart research, great writing and legal reviews. This costs a lot of money.
Thanks to crowdfunding, we've been able to afford to do reporting that has instigated changes in legislation, exposed corruption in government and corporations, and we've helped citizens gain vital rights.
Risks and challenges
Everything is harder in practice than it is in theory when it comes to investigative journalism and in-depth reporting. Once we're onto something, we don't give up. It took four of our reporters an entire month scouring documents to discover links they suspected were there between an oil pipeline company, the prime minister's office and a propagandist. It took many drafts of writing, collaborative thinking, and editing to turn the research into a story that was later used in Parliament to hold the government to account. Sometimes, to do things well, it takes much longer and gets more expensive in terms of time and money than we anticipate. That's why we hope you'll be extra generous this year as you back our project.
Together, we can do this!
Finally, these stories unfold in the real world, about real people.
Nothing is scripted and anything can happen. This can turn out to be a really beautiful and amazing thing, but also a really trying, difficult and sometimes dangerous thing. We appreciate your patience and support through the year, as we check our facts and build our sources.
Thank you for believing in this project and for being a part of telling this very important story.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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