Crowdfunding the ClimateHope Media Project
THE inspiration resource for ambitious climate goals
We’re systematically building public awareness of inspiring, hopeful climate goals to spark new policies, strategies, events, campaigns, organizations, and coalitions around them.
In spring 2019, the Foundation for Climate Restoration (F4CR) gained initial support from individuals to create a sponsored strategic advocacy journalism Special Project at Grist, a leading media outlet on climate:
- The breakthrough that could actually reverse climate change profiles Blue Planet’s solution to capture restoration-scale amounts of carbon dioxide in synthetic limestone for roads and buildings.
- In the warming Arctic, a promising solution to climate change profiles the non-profit Ice911 and its solution to restore Arctic ice.
- Everyone has a climate plan — which ones get us to a livable future? reviews the leading climate plans, asks whether any of them will get us where we need, and introduces climate restoration to new audiences.
- For young people, restoring our climate means restoring hope explores that with youth climate activists Alexandra Villaseñor (14) and Daphne Frias (21).
- One leader’s journey to climate restoration profiles Rick Parnell, CEO of the Foundation for Climate Restoration; he played a central role in organizing the Global Climate Restoration Forum at the UN.
- Candidates are finally talking about climate change, but they’re asking all the wrong questions was published at the time the third version of the Climate Restoration Emergency Action Report Card for presidential candidates and profiles Paul Zeitz, founder of Build A Movement 2020 and senior policy advisor at the Foundation for Climate Restoration.
We’ve suspended publication until we’ve recruited a small team to continue the series by launching a crowdfunding, crowdsourcing community of readers. That will enable many people donating modestly to effectively catalyze publication of a continuing stream of articles about climate restoration campaigns and solutions. If you’d like to help set up a Patreon platform and/or promote and/or moderate the site, or if you’d like to be one of the founding donors, please contact us.
We also see the ClimateHope Media Project as a way to get out the word as the San Francisco Bay Area becomes an emerging hotbed for “carbontech” and Climate Restoration innovation. Check out projects and organizations in the Bay Area Climate Restoration Initiatives directory, in partnership with the Climate Restoration Circle.
Background: the proposal that got us started
To imagine what a ClimateHope Media Project could do, let’s look back at how information and insights spread and spurred the global recognition of the need to switch from fossil fuels to renewables ASAP.
In 2011, the UK organization Carbon Tracker released the Unburnable Carbon research report. It didn’t make waves broadly. But a year later, Bill McKibben’s eye-opening article in Rolling Stone, Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math, jolted climate activists and investors. His allies joined in to promote divestment and make memes of Keep It In the Ground and Fossil Fuel Resistance. In 2017 that led to our worldwide Fossil Free movement.
At a critical point for climate action evolving toward Climate Restoration, this effort could gain our editorial partner significant visibility and influence on the momentous changes we need.
We aim to shift the definition of climate success, starting with thought leaders, experts, entrepreneurs, and activists. Today most leaders and influencers limit themselves to the practical and achievable. They mostly call for global action to decarbonize everything. Their cautious, best-case goal can be summarized as “Avoid the Worst Consequences of Climate Change.” Now F4CR and others are promoting more inspiring goals: “Reverse Global Warming” and “Restore a Healthy Climate.” We invite people to ask themselves, “Why don’t we aim to give a world we dream of to future generations?”
These goals may sound visionary and even grandiose. But we’re developing the case that they’re technically feasible by 2050 — and they can be affordable and achievable.
F4CR has raised initial funds to sponsor a ClimateHope Media Project. It encompasses the in-house and contract editorial and reporting teams and outside contributors of Grist, our partner. Future topics at Grist or elsewhere, and features at Patreon, can include:
- Profiles of people and organizations going all-in on new approaches. Example: Sir David King, chief science advisor to Blair/Brown/Cameron/May: “Putting forward the climate restoration agenda” (Ecologist interview, April 11, 2018).
- Spotlights and field reports chronicling development, analysis and deployment of solutions. Example: “Can Dirt Save the Earth,” carbon farming stories scratch the surface of farming solutions (NYT Sunday Magazine, April 18,2018).
- An international Editorial Advisory Board with experts in safety, technology, business, and society.
- An Editorial Forum: Possible first theme asks, “How can the optimism of Steven Pinker and Bill Gates about improving global life metrics integrate with redefined climate goals?”
- Crowdsourcing: Start with Name Contests for climate restoration activists: “Climate hawk” or “climate warrior” don’t match the non-military spirit of Climate Restoration. And to encompass the growing awareness of safe and coordinated carbon dioxide removal strategies, can we retire the tainted “geoengineering” label? (Can we do better than the American Geophysical Union’s “climate intervention.”)
About the Foundation for Climate Restoration
We’re evangelizing the concepts of restoring our air and water to preindustrial levels by reaching 300 parts per million by 2050. Our global dialogues unite stakeholders including the public, policy-makers, and technical and business experts. F4CR is shifting our shared goal to reversing global warming and restoring the climate. We affirm the moral value of giving our children a healthy climate like our grandparents had.