November 16, 2016 — Whatever your feelings on the outcome of last week’s U.S. presidential election, this is a momentous time in America and around the world.
Some of our readers may be feeling excited about the future, while others are anxious about what comes next. As Ensia’s publisher, I want to share a few thoughts on what the election means for our magazine.
First, let me emphasize that Ensia is, and always has been, inherently apolitical. We believe that environmental issues are everyone’s issues, regardless of political persuasion or affiliation, and we strive to provide high-quality journalism without favoring a liberal or conservative perspective. We believe that the right way to report on environmental challenges is with an eye to solutions. And we believe that solutions can come from all directions — with the very best tending to emerge where diverse perspectives come together in pursuit of common goals.
Second, it is important to remember that although the U.S. federal government is a powerful force, it is far from the only force shaping our future. A big role for Ensia in the months ahead is to ramp up our efforts to engage and inform the many other movers and shakers that are in a position to step up to the plate: corporations, non-governmental organizations, other nations and other levels of government within the U.S.
Now more than ever, we need to commit ourselves to producing high-quality, independent journalism. Now more than ever, we need to ensure that fact-based, solutions-focused reporting reaches beyond those who are self-motivated to seek out environment-related news.
Ensia’s mission is to share stories and ignite conversations that motivate and empower people — all people — to create a more sustainable future. The 2016 presidential election has not changed that. What it has done is remind us of the diversity of perspectives the people we strive to serve bring to the conversation. It has underscored the importance of Ensia’s unique approach to environmental journalism. And it has inspired us to double down on our efforts to provide the best in environmental journalism to leaders of all kinds across geographies and ideologies as we strive together to shape a world future generations can live with.
If you agree this is what’s needed in these changing times, we welcome you to support our work.