Our publication is attempting to tackle the topic of environmental action by creating a space where people can discuss concrete ways on how to start living a more conscious and sustainable life, today. Our main purpose is to give ideas, both big and small. We want to empower change through stories and uplift voices not often heard.
The magazine is an independent, non-profit publication similar to an art magazine with many photographs and illustrations. It is filled with guides and methods on how to reduce our footprint and begin a journey towards zero waste, as well as recipes, foraging activities, and fermentations for the season we are in. Learning to walk with the steps of the seasons, instead of opting for convenience and consumerism may seem small, but it is a huge step towards mending the broken aspects of our system. The magazine is also filled with many articles that teach our readers practical skills such as how to reuse greywater, start their own compost heap or worm farm, or turn their backyard into a no-till plot.
We try to be as broad as possible because environmentalism comes in many forms, not just the obvious ones. We believe that reconnecting to the land, each other, and the knowledge of the communities we have long ignored, is the best way to impact the future health of our planet. The climate movement is a diverse space, much more than we are normally exposed to in mainstream environmentalism. It includes the communities of color fighting for their basic survival, who face the most adverse effects of climate change, although being the least responsible for its causes, it is the Indigenous communities still battling for access to their ancestral lands and the ability to determine their own future, it’s deep ecology, regenerative farming, food sovereignty and engaging in local council meetings. Therefore, we try to create space for these voices and for intersectional environmentalism that protects the planet and its people.
This project is important because it gives people hope and shares stories that are often left out of the media that is only focused on doom and fear.
Our project has been very successful so far, but has been largely self-funded with about $1,000 raised in a fundraiser. We are now in our third edition with 3 team members who have worked thousands of hours with no pay. We know that this isn’t sustainable, so this grant would help us to pay our team and ensure that they can continue to do the amazing work I believe they are doing.
The grant would also allow us to lower the amount of money that we charge wholesalers, and would help us expand our reach to larger retailers that ask for 40-50% commission. The more reach the magazine gets, the bigger impact it will have, and the more it will pay for itself and start making a profit. Having more disposable income would also allow us to print larger quantities, which would make the printing costs and margins go down by hundreds of dollars and allow the customer base to grow. We hope this project to grow into a household name that anyone can turn to if they are in need of a different kind of media, one that is filled with hope.