Creating a Human Age we actually want to live in . . .
Who We Are
Boiled down to its essence, the current climate change and conservation media script goes something like this:
- Alert people to the crisis
- Summon their alarm and outrage
- Hope that their behavior changes
We seem to be stuck on step #2.
Anthropocene is changing the game plan. Where traditional environmental reporting has focused on the crisis, we are focusing on solutions. Anthropocene convenes, across multiple media outlets, the world’s most creative writers, designers, scientists, and entrepreneurs to explore how we can create a sustainable Human Age we actually want to live in.
Our goal is not to make people feel better; nor is it to scare them into paralysis. Rather we are forging a sophisticated middle ground: evidence-based journalism that puts the best science and innovations into the hands of those who can do the most with them. In other words, we are balancing urgency with efficacy.
What We Do
Through its award-winning journalism, partnerships with other news outlets, and public forums, Anthropocene elevates conversations about sustainability and climate science from alarm and outrage to more productive, universally engaging discussions about smart, practical paths to the future we all want. We balance urgency with efficacy.
Our stories take many forms—ranging from daily coverage of compelling new research to interactive digital features to high end print editions. In addition, we plan to take select stories from page to stage in a live event series called “The Anthropocene Dialogues.”
Across all platforms, what we value most is editorial independence, clear writing with simple and powerful language, scientific and technological rigor, and beautiful design.
Anthropocene subscribes to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:
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Who We Serve
Our audience is anyone anywhere committed to making sustainability a reality—not just an aspiration. We specifically target influencers in academia, civil society, business, government, and philanthropy. Our goal is to amplify the tremendous creativity in the field and to make sure the best ideas in sustainability get into the hands of those people that can do the most with them.
How We Pay the Bills
Anthropocene is reader-supported journalism. That means that a significant portion of our operating costs comes from people like you—that is people who believe that it is time to start talking about environmental solutions, not just problems. Membership comes with benefits including high-end print editions, conversations with authors, and networking opportunities. Click here to donate.
We also offer sponsorships whereby organizations and businesses can support independent reporting within an editorial beat, such as climate, health, biodiversity, and cities. Click here for more information.
Finally, Anthropocene is sponsored by Future Earth, a global science consortium —and is made possible with the support of the US National Science Foundation, V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation, and BS Kohm.
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