Guardian Australia has launched its first fundraising campaign to raise $50,000 in reader contributions to support a new editorial series that will help to turn the spotlight on Australia’s neglected environmental issues.
The funds raised will support this new series of independent coverage, titled Our wide brown land, which aims to help to move these most important of issues up the public agenda.
The series launches today with a story on the erosion of environmental protections. It will run until the end of May and is produced by Guardian Australia’s editorial partnerships editor, Alexandra Spring.
“The threats to Australia’s environment are real and imminent, yet they frequently do not get the attention they deserve,” she said.
“With the support of Guardian Australia readers, our environment reporters will investigate the issues and what more can be done to protect our natural spaces.”
Guardian Australia editor Lenore Taylor said: “We know our readers care deeply about the state of Australia’s environment.
“We commissioned this in-depth series of investigations according to what scientists and conservationists advised us were the environmental issues in most urgent need of attention. We would very much like to continue this reporting.”
You can support the series by donating here.
Update (10am, Wednesday 31 January 2018): Guardian Australia editor Lenore Taylor has announced that the publication has reached its original funding target of $50,000 for Our wide brown land, and has therefore increased it to $150,000.
Thank you for contributing to #OurWideBrownLand. We’re grateful to have reached our original target of $50,000. There’s more work to do, so we’ve adjusted our funding target to $150,000. With your help, we can cover more neglected environmental stories: https://t.co/Kn6GWRPxRE pic.twitter.com/Z5fGUmDRMn
— Guardian Australia (@GuardianAus) January 30, 2018