It’s that time of the year again. There’s too much digital clutter. You’re feeling overwhelmed by all the information coming at you, from various corners of the internet. The internet is a dauntingly, unimaginably big place. Which is why we’re helping you digitally declutter: here’s a list of newsletters you’ll actually want to subscribe to, if you’re someone who cares about the state of the world, but wants to cut through the noise…
STRAIGHT FROM OUR FAVOURITE WRITERS
To kick off this list of newsletters you’ll actually want to subscribe to, we have newsletters from our favourite writers. Last year, there was some noise about how journalists are moving away from bigger platforms and bringing their writers to their smaller corners of the internet. Thanks to that, we’ve got writers now writing their own newsletters. Which means you don’t have to follow them every day on Twitter, Instagram, or wherever you get overwhelmed by the infinite scroll. Now, you just need to open your inbox.
Climate change journalist Emily Atkin writes HEATED. As you can imagine, it’s informative and spicy. Here’s the elevator pitch. “It is not your fault that the planet is burning. Your air conditioner, your hamburger, your gas-powered car—these aren’t the reasons we only have about a decade to prevent irreversible climate catastrophe. No; the majority of the blame for the climate emergency lies at the foot of the greedy; the cowardly; the power-hungry; the apathetic. And that’s why I created this newsletter: to expose and explain the forces behind past and present inaction on the most existential threat of our time.” Sign up here.
Green Dreamer Podcast host Kamea Chayne writes UPROOTED. In a world where the media is increasingly being controlled by corporate interests, this newsletter is 100% reader-funded. Hence, it digs deep into the issues of our time. UPROOTED is “exploring sustainability through the lens of deep ecology and decolonial thought-in-progress. It centers on those who’ve been dispossessed—physically, emotionally, spiritually—and alludes to a future of true abundance and wellness for all, when the dominant, exploitive system has been uprooted.” Sign up here.
ALL ABOUT CLIMATE
Looking for high-quality, climate-focused content straight to your inbox? Check out Carbon Brief, a platform that covers the latest developments in climate science and policy. It’s quite information-heavy, but accessibly written for sure. (Meaning you don’t have to be a science nerd to follow.) You can choose between daily and weekly email summaries. They round up their own articles and selected papers. And not only can you expect expert analyses, but you can also find explainers, interviews, fact-checks, and more. Sign up here.
The only newsroom focused on exploring solutions at the intersections of climate and justice: Grist. You’re probably familiar with this platform. They’re quite popular, and the content they put out is well-respected within the space. Grist tells stories of climate solutions and a just future. They believe in using the power of storytelling to illuminate the way toward a better world. And the best part? They offer a wide variety of newsletters, for all kinds of occasions. Looking for a daily dose of climate optimism? They have The Beacon for that. A weekly roundup of stories? The Weekly. Need some green advice? Bi-weekly Ask Umbra would be perfect. So check out their offerings and sign up here.
DISPATCHES FROM THE GLOBAL SOUTH
Finding media that focuses on climate content is hard. But finding climate-focused media that also centres the “Global South” perspective? Even harder. Which is why when we find newsletters that centre voices from the Global Majority, we subscribe immediately.
One of them is Climate in Colour’s. Climate in Colour is a platform dedicated to making climate science and environmental issues more accessible, diverse and colourful. You might recognise them from their colourful graphics on Instagram, or from Joycelyn’s (founder of Climate in Colour) informative Instagram stories that round up essential Instagram posts you might have missed. Their biweekly newsletter includes good news, media recommendations, and updates on important cimate change news from around the world, with a focus on advances in the Global South. Sign up here.
If informal updates aren’t your thing, and you prefer more news-style, journalistic writing? Check out the Tricontinental’s newsletters. Their elevator pitch? “News of struggles and conflicts from Africa, Asia and Latin America is not always easy to find. A general strike in India is not reported in the corporate press, neither is the murder of a human rights activist in Central America nor indeed is news of great humanitarian interest from the multilateral organisations (such as the agencies of the United Nations). As the world’s media gets more and more homogenised by the interests of corporate ideology, more and more news about the world’s peoples vanish.”
“We, at the Tricontinental, will send out a weekly newsletter, a curated note with information from one part of the world, that will offer a window into some of the struggles and conflicts of our time.” Sign up here.
NEWS AND ANALYSIS FROM NO-BS MEDIA PLATFORMS
These are newsletters that can replace the mindless, soul-sucking infinite scroll of news over your morning cup of coffee. Lots of media platforms today unfortunately, receive funding from questionable sources. But independent, no-bullshit media platforms do exist. Here are some of them.
Common Dreams is a reader-supported independent news outlet, and they accept no corporate or governmental funding or advertisements of any kind. Their journalism focuses on breaking news, covering anything from climate, to rights and justice, politics and economics, to war and peace. Their news roundups go straight to your inbox: sign up here. Similarly, Truthout also accepts no advertising or corporate backing, and depends on readers and some foundations who support their mission. And that mission? To provide independent reporting and commentary on a diverse range of social justice issues. Much of their work focuses on the US, so if you’re based in the US: sign up here.
Not a fan of reading and would rather listen? Citations Needed is a podcast “on the media, power, PR and the history of bullshit”. The show is hosted by political commentators and media analysts Adam and Nima, and they cover issues both based in the US and outside of the US. And they take no advertising or corporate money too. Nor sponsors, nor foundation funding. To accompany their podcast, they have subscriber-only newsletters, and extra content, all hosted on Patreon. Sign up here.
FOR SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT
We’re also constantly on the lookout for newsletters that aren’t as formal, so here’s something a little different. Atmos is “an exploration of climate and culture, a nonprofit biannual magazine and digital platform curated by a global ecosystem of artists, activists, and writers devoted to ecological and social justice, creative storytelling, and re-enchantment with the natural world”. You probably recognise their content from Instagram, but they’ve also got two great newsletters for something different delivered to your inbox.
The Frontline delivers words from Atmos’ Climate Editor Yessenia Funes, to remind you that the warming of the world is unjust, and that protecting the planet must include its people. Sign up here for perspectives from the frontlines: essential, grounded, and revolutionary. On the other hand, you also have The Overview, with words from Atmos’ Editor-in-Chief Willow Defebaugh, which offers a holistic look at life on Earth, seen from above. Sign up here for magically worded, ecologically informed insights from Willow.
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