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Causes: Arts & Culture, Citizen Participation, Environment, Environmental Education, Media & Communications

Mission: Our mission is to publish environmental news and commentary, spiked with a sense of humor and designed to motivate readers to take action on behalf of the environment.Half of our core readers are in their 20s and 30s, an audience that too often has not engaged with environmental organizations. Grist's readers include the heads of many environmental organizations, leading environmental scientists, congressional staffers, educators, students, journalists, grassroots activists, and people around the world who care about conservation but don't necessarily identify themselves as environmentalists. Millions of individuals are exposed to our work.

Target demographics: fight against climate change

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2 million reader per month become more informed about the environmental issues that impact the planet.

Geographic areas served: Seattle

Programs: daily environmental journalism, a strong fellowship program and in-depth reporting of environmental issues across the United States and the globe.

Community Stories

64 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Grist plays a critical role in helping people track and understand issues that are central to preserving our environment. The journalism is top-notch, the articles are well written and well researched. Grist's ability to deliver high-quality news on issues daily and with a sense of humor is quite impressive.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Grist is fantastic. They provide a ton of information in short, easy-to-read way that allows the reader to get a summary of information or link to more information, including extensive investigation that Grist does itself.

I read their updates every day and believe they are a critical addition to the environmental movement.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Grist is an incredibly reliable source of good information and up-to-date happenings in the environmental world. The humor helps us not make drudges of ourselves - a common problem among enviros....

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I really appreciate both the sorts of news Grist covers as well as the depth of reporting and variety of perspectives offered. In an era of declining newspaper coverage, I rely on Grist to help keep me aware of all that is happening and to do so in a timely matter. I teach environmental studies at a university and often use the material I find on Grist to help jump start discussions with the students. Highly useful and highly recommended.

Annie
Prince George, British Columbia

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

As we now see in the Mid East and Wisconsin, misuse of power can only be fought by exposing what is going on by informing the public. The media clearly failed to do so and it was the internet that informed the public and initiated the action we now witness. Mainstream media clearly has been filtering the news in order to keep the public in the dark in support of those in power.
Starting my attempts to correct an essential water pollution test in 1981, when the internet did not exist yet, the media ignored this fact, even tough this test caused the failure of the Clean Water Act, as EPA, by using this test incorrectly, ignored all the pollution caused by nitrogenous (urine and protein) waste in sewage. This, while this waste besides exerting an oxygen demand (like fecal waste) also is a fertilizer for algae, thus contributes to eutrophication often causing dead zones, a phenomenon now acknowledged but mainly blamed on storm water runoffs and runoffs from farms.

Admitted, this is a technical issue apparently too difficult for journalist in the mainstream media to comprehend, but with the new online media, such as grist specifically focused on environmental issues, one would have expected that such an issue would be immediately addressed, even tough it would go against the interest of the established authorities and consequently may result in less advertisement revenues from established business that sadly always prefer the status quo.

The question now is, will Grist Magazine be a new voice in how the general public is informed or will it become an extension of the old media?


Donald W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Grist is an indispensable source of information and commentary for those, like me, committed to environmental sustainability as a profession and a path of personal living. Grist addresses the broad range of issues it addresses such as biodiversity, energy sources and uses, climate change, exponential economic growth are those vital to the survival of life on Earth for all living things and humankind. Grist addresses the issues from a systemic and practical point of view. The information is actionable for individuals and on a policy level. It is offered in clear, powerful language, with humor, delight and hope and with ways to follow-up that are very useful and timely.

Authors like Bill McKibben and those on the Grist editorial staff cover vital issues unfolding in real time so those of us can have a broad grasp of current issues as they unfold.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a retired editor and writer, I would like to put in a good word for this wonderful online magazine. They cover original material in a hard-hitting, show-no-mercy manner with a heavy dose of wry humor on the side. They're not afraid to tell it like it is. I read them every day.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Grist is one of the most reliable sources with a clear and accessible style. I love this site. Their use of humor is right on target and the range of topics is superb. i also appreciate the careful inclusion of links and citations.

Review from Guidestar

carrollhh

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Grist provides excellent, timely and important information about climate change and related issues. I know I can depend on it for accuracy. Its advocacy for citizen participation is unequalled.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I checkout Grist every day just to keep my finger on the pulse of whats going on. Grist has some great writers who approach the topics with an appropriate level of humor and cynicism.

Review from Guidestar