Reader support has helped Newsroom achieve great impact journalism in our short history – today we launch a campaign to sharpen our focus and bolster our resources tackling the climate crisis

The climate crisis is a real and serious threat to life as we know it.

Scientists are warning of a future that includes sea level rise, extreme heat and increased extreme weather events. And despite promises to take ambitious action on climate change, NZ’s Government has struggled to put together a coherent and ambitious climate programme. 

The implications of this work not being done are already being felt and will affect generations to come if governments, civil society and business don’t act fast. 

It doesn’t need to be this way. The more people know and understand of the threat ahead of us, the greater the chance for systemic, political change.

It’s for these reasons that today, Newsroom is launching a special donation drive to bolster our resources in covering the climate crisis.

This month we’re taking the bold step of sending one of the country’s best climate change analysts, Rod Oram, to Glasgow (the travel all being carbon-credited) to attend the UN’s COP26 climate summit. 

Some may think it’s an unusual move for a tiny New Zealand site to take-on the great expense of attending the biggest global talkfest on our biggest global problem. But we know the value of reporting on the ground. Beyond Glasgow, we’re aiming to do more on-the-ground climate reporting than ever.

In Glasgow Rod will meet, report and discuss climate change with the world’s leading scientists, climate change campaigners and the politicians who will decide our future. Being on the ground is vital to bringing you the full picture.

We know that a vast majority of our smart, critically-minded readers are invested in the future of New Zealand – and more specifically invested in action on climate change. 

So for this year’s annual donation drive we’ve set our sights on raising funds to bolster the resourcing our excellent climate reporting team so they can do more on the ground digging into what’s holding NZ back on climate change. They will look not only at the problems but the science and the solutions.

But we can only do it with reader support. To fund Rod’s international assignment and our future focus on climate issues, we aim to raise $20,000 by Nov 12 to make this project a reality.

Will you help us hit our goal of $20,000 by Nov 12? Click here to contribute now

Why us? Well, from the very launch of Newsroom, we have had a strong focus on fact-driven, climate change reporting. We set a high strategic priority on covering the climate emergency and the political, business, civil society and community response needed to limit risks to our world and way of life. We’ve been a part of the international Covering Climate Now network of publications and have a dedicated Climate Emergency section on the Newsroom site. 

Newsroom’s environment editor David Williams, himself a previous attendee at a UN climate change summit, and senior political journalist Marc Daalder are constantly tasked with reporting NZ’s progress or lack of it in addressing Paris summit commitments. They will look not only at the problems but the science and the solutions. Rod Oram’s weekly columns are among the most deeply reported and trenchant critiques of the country’s commitments and action over climate change.

Newsroom has always believed that high quality reporting should be available to everyone – no matter their means. All our journalism is made available for free and we want to keep it this way. 

To do this we rely on readers helping us. For this appeal we’re asking as many readers as possible to make a donation to support this mission. Every contribution, great or small, makes a difference.

And for those of you wanting something a little extra we’ve introduced two limited time-only special prices to subscribe to Newsroom Pro which gives two users exclusive features and advanced access to our reporting.

For a limited time only you can subscribe to our Newsroom Pro 6 month subscription for $99* (saving $61) or our annual subscription for just $199* (saving $91).

When you support Newsroom you can be assured you’re investing in an experienced, independent, relentless team – the only thing holding us back is our resources.

If you value our news and analysis, please help us hit our goal of raising $20,000 by November 11.

*Newsroom Pro subscription offer valid til 11.59pm November 11 2021, Offer not available for existing 6 month or annual subscribers. At the end of the special offer term (6 month/annual) subscriptions will renew at standard rate (6 month, $160; Annual, $290) unless cancelled before the renewal date

Mark Jennings is co-editor of Newsroom.

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