The Paris Climate Project asked writers, scientists, artists and others to predict the outcome of the Paris talks (the success or failure and what came subsequently) as if writing to their children’s children, six generations hence. In the letters, they told future members of their own family or tribe, living at the turn of the century, what it was like to be alive during and after the historically crucial events of the upcoming U.N. climate talks.
All letters were published online and some letters were published in newspapers and other media across the country in December.
The project, begun in the Fall of 2015, was envisioned by Melinda Welsh, Founding Editor of the Sacramento News & Review and her spouse Dave Webb of David Marketing. It is a collaborative effort between the Association of Alternative Newsmedia newspapers and the Media Consortium. The project was orchestrated by Deborah Redmond, art directed by Don Button of Design Button and the website developer was John Bisignano. Special thanks to Tiffany Shackelford and Jason Zaragoza at AAN, Jo Ellen Green Kaiser at the Consortium and Priscilla Garcia, Rachel Leibrock, Nick Miller, Kel Munger, Hayley Doshay, Anthony Siino, Kalin Jenkins and Jeff von Kaenel at News & Review. Extra special thanks to all the writers who gave their time freely to participate in this project and all the print and web editors who helped to make this a success.
Selected Letters Were Published by These Media in November 2015Argonaut News (Los Angeles, CA), Artvoice (Buffalo, NY), Association of Alternative Newsmedia, Boulder Weekly (CO), care2.com, Chico News & Review (CA), City Weekly (Salt Lake City, UT), cli-fi.net, Columbia Free Times (SC), Creative Loafing, Tampa (FL), Dig Boston (MA), Earth Island Journal (CA), East Bay Express (Oakland, CA), ecowatch.org, Eugene Weekly (OR), Flagpole (Athens, GA), Free Times (Columbia, SC), Huffington Post, Illinois Times (IL), Indy Week (Durham, NC), Little Village Magazine (Iowa City, IA), Missoula Independent (MT), Monterey County Weekly (CA), NUVO (Indianapolis, IN), Orlando Weekly (FL), Pasadena Weekly (CA), Planet Jackson Hole (WY), Reno News & Review (NV), Sacramento News & Review (CA), Salt Lake City Weekly (UT), San Diego CityBeat (CA), Santa Barbara Independent (CA), Santa Fe Reporter (NM), Seattle Weekly (WA), Shepherd Express (Milwaukee, WI), Source Weekly (Bend, OR), The Coast (Halifax, NS, Canada), The Media Consortium, The Pitch, truth-out.org, Tucson Weekly (AZ), UC Food Observer, University of California, University of Iowa Office of Sustainability (IA), Willamette Week (Portland, OR), Wisconsin Gazette (Milwaukee, WI)
As we approach the one-year anniversary of the talks, much is happening around the world to combat global warming. But the effort launched in Paris faces great roadblocks in 2017 and beyond, particularly considering the results of the recent U.S. presidential election. Letters To The Future hereby presents an anniversary update article that has appeared in participating publications across the country. Written by award-winning environmental journalist Alastair Bland, the story illustrates the progress made this past year – and the enormous challenges that lie ahead. This article published in newspapers and other media across the country in the winter of 2016.Boulder Weekly (CO), Chico News & Review (CA), Cleveland Scene (Cleveland, OH), Coachella Valley Independent (CA), Colorado Springs Independent (CO), Detroit Metro Times (Detroit, MI), Dig Boston (MA), Earth Island Journal (CA), Flagpole (Athens, GA), Fort Worth Weekly (TX), Icepeople (Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway), Illinois Times (IL), Indy Week (Durham, NC), Little Village Magazine (Iowa City, IA), NUVO (Indianapolis, IN), Planet Jackson Hole (WY), Reno News & Review (NV), Rochester City Newspaper (NY), Sacramento News & Review (CA), Shepherd Express (Milwaukee, WI), Wisconsin Gazette (Milwaukee, WI)