Hi there Gus fans,
Where does the time go? When last I wrote, we were still gearing up for the Global Climate Strike. Since then, millions have taken to the streets in defence of the planet, the UN hosted its Climate Action Summit, and hundreds of journalism outlets partnered on the #CoveringClimateNow initiative. And that doesn’t even scratch the surface of all the other geo-political developments in recent weeks!
Closer to home, my colleagues and I have started work on the second print issue of Asparagus. A couple of hours before we joined Vancouver’s climate march, Art Director Erin Flegg, Deputy Editor Alia Dharssi, and I met to start envisioning Issue 2. We’ve been so busy working on it, in fact, that I forgot to put out a newsletter last week!
But better late than never. Our online publishing schedule is slowing down as it did while we worked on Issue 1, but we’ll keep putting out fresh content when we can. (Goal for Issue 3: keep online publishing going at full steam!) We have published some excellent stories since the last newsletter, however:
- A brand-new Black Sheep Parenting column about supporting kids through climate disasters,
- The first in our Know Logo series, investigating which eco-labels can be relied on to help make sustainable purchases
- An exploration of Hey! Imaginable Guidelines, a role-playing card game created to involve citizens in city planning
- A look at the unusual approach a California organization has taken to preserving mangroves and other island ecosystems.
Another thing that happened since the last newsletter was my birthday. I was thrilled to pieces that a number of friends helped me celebrate by donating to Asparagus. Our first issue was made possible thanks to support from our community, and though we now have more ways of bringing in revenue, reader donations will always be critical to funding our independent journalism. So if you’ve read anything you liked this year, or you’re excited about Issue 2, why not make a donation? Any amount helps!
Yours in the thick of it,
Editrix in Chief, Asparagus Magazine
p.s. It’s just been announced that Greta Thunberg will be striking for climate in downtown Vancouver on Friday. We’ll be joining her and the Sustainabiliteens at their rally from 11am — 2 pm at the art gallery. See you there?