The Climate in Emergency

A weekly blog on science, news, and ideas related to climate change

Asking for Help



As some of you already know, the Climate Emergency blog has lost its funding. Ostensibly, the situation is temporary–basically, someone else is having unrelated financial issues and has had to cut costs, so if their finances improve I may get back on the payroll. But there is no guarantee when, or even if, that will happen.

This blog is not going to go away. That much I have decided.

But the project could take a hit. This was, frankly, grocery money, and taking on additional paying work to make up the difference will bite into the time I have available for volunteer projects. If Climate Emergency could fund itself, that would be better. So I am thinking about ways it can do that.

(I should probably explain that the ads you sometimes see on my site don’t bear me any revenue–that money goes to WordPress, for hosting this site)

I could, possibly, look for grants, sell climate-themed artwork, launch a Kickstarter campaign, or host a bake-sale, but all of those options have problems. For example, to be eligible for grants, you need tax-exempt status, and to get tax-exempt status you first need to incorporate. And to incorporate you need bylaws and officers and a board of directors and various non-refundable fees…and if I could pay those fees, I wouldn’t need the grant.

Basically, I’m looking at a scale problem. None of those methods of raising money are free–you have to get yourself over an initial hump, an investment of time and money, in order to get anything back. If you’re an organized charity with a cash flow in the thousands or tens of thousands of dollars, then that initial hump is a mole hill, a speed bump. It’s a chore you take care of to make your life easier later. But if, like me, you’re a writer looking for grocery money, that hump might as well be the Himalaya. It’s possible to cross the Himalayas, but it’s a hell of a way to pay for groceries.

Honestly, the best way to do this is probably for me to stick a “donate” button up on my site and ask you to kick in some change for the cause. You’ll probably see such a button appear in the coming weeks–it’s simple, straight-forward, and the initial investment on my part matches the scale of the return I expect to get.

The problem is that I don’t yet have enough readers for that donation button to do much good.

That’s where you come in. Obviously, you like what I do, or you wouldn’t be reading these words. If each of you can turn a couple of your friends or colleagues onto the blog, then readership will get up to the point where asking for donations might actually be enough to pay for my time to do this. To be clear–I’m not asking for money (yet). I’m just asking you to tell your friends about me, post links to your social media pages, etc.

Spread the word.



Author: Caroline Ailanthus

I am a creative science writer. That is, most of my writing is creative rather than technical, but my topic is usually science. I enjoy explaining things and exploring ideas. I have one published novel and another on the way. I have a master's degree in Conservation Biology and I work full-time as a writer.

2 thoughts on “Asking for Help

  1. Caroline – first I am very happy that you will be continuing the blog. I find it a valuable source of information and inspiration. Unfortunately I don’t have any social media accounts but I will try to spread the work and I encourage all of your readers to do so.

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