Environmental Journalism in the Public Interest

I’m an independent journalist who covers international environmental issues in the public interest.copenhagen press pass

My work has been published in publications around the world including National Geographic, The Guardian (UK), Vice Magazine, Inter Press Service News Agency (IPS), Al Jazeera, New Scientist, Mo Magazine (Brussels), TerraGreen (India), Toronto Star, Maclean’s Magazine, China Dialogue, Earth Island Journal, The Toronto Star, Common Dreams, and DeSmog Canada.

Co-winner of the 2012 Prince Albert/United Nations Global Prize for reporting on Climate Change. Author of critically-acclaimed new book: Your Water Footprint:  The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use To Make Everyday Products ( 2015 Winner at the Green Book Festival)

News media have cut their coverage of environmental issues so I launched  Community Supported Environmental Journalism in 2009

Swiss journalist Daniel Wermus commented: “Stephen Leahy, a Canadian, and one of the world’s best-known investigative reporters on environmental issues, has launched a challenge: if corporations won’t pay for the news, then it is up to communities and the public to fill the gap.“

I’m asking people to provide some financial support so I can continue to research and write articles millions will read*.  Just $10 a month helps guarantee more articles like the ones on this site. Single, one-time donations are also very welcome. All supporters receive a personal, one-page, twice-monthly newsletter. Without your support I can’t work for all of us — Stephen

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“Multiple environmental crisis represent “the greatest challenge in the history of our species” – Thomas Lovejoy, professor, George Mason University,  former chief scientist of the World Bank

“We need people like you. In tough economic times, where information flow is increasingly channeled and controlled…” – E. Ann Clark, Associate Professor, University of Guelph

*Yes, millions of readers. My articles are used by newspapers and magazines around the world and reprinted on news websites such as Reuters AlertNetthe GuardianAl JazeeraAlterNet, Common Dreams, Truthout,  InfoSudNone of these pay me for this reuse. Unfortunately I only average $175-$200 payment even if it took a week or more to research and write the article.

8 thoughts on “Environmental Journalism in the Public Interest

    • Thanks Rebecca, your support is what enables me to continue. And I wish you the very best in your wonderful work bringing eco-Kalan cookstoves to poor people in the Philippines. They bring huge on-the-ground benefits for people, the environment and even the climate. Spending your retirement making abig difference in the world sure beats playing golf every day!! http://www.eco-kalan.com/

  1. In my opinion

    We need to replace the fossil fuel power plants, the primary source of GHG. Now!

    At a scale required to accomplish this task :

    Ethanol starves people : not a viable option.

    Fracking releases methane : not a viable option.

    Cellulose Bio Fuel Uses Food Land : not a viable option

    Solar uses food land : Not a viable option

    Wind is Intermittent : Not a viable option

    All Human and Agricultural Organic Waste can be converted to hydrogen, through exposure intense radiation!


    The Radioactive Materials exist now, and the Organic waste is renewable daily.

    Ending the practice of dumping sewage into our water sources.

    Air, Water, Food and Energy issues, receive significant positive impacts .

    Reducing illness / health care costs as well !

    Dennis Baker
    * Creston Avenue
    Penticton BC V2A1P9
    cell phone 250-462-3796
    Phone / Fax 778-476-2633

  2. I am delighted to have found this blog, Stephen. I am trying to get permission to re-publish something you wrote on the Indian CounterCurrents blog on June 2 last year, namely: “CO2 Level Hits 400 PPM, Do We Have A Way Out?”. I suppose (but have not checked) that this may well have been published here first? Either way, would you be willing and/or able to give me permission to re-publish this on my own blog?

  3. Despite the importance of environmental issues, media have slashed their coverage of environmental issues. It is impossible to make a living as a freelance environmental journalist.

    This is an appalling state of affairs. Given the intransigence of the ‘free’ (hah!) press, I think that the only way we can turn things around is by each and every one of us contributing whatever we can, in action and/or financial support of those who we believe are acting to try to address the problems. In putting my own (meagre) resources where my mouth is, I’ve recently thrown a few bob* at appeals such as yours here as well as the Climate Science Defence Fund and the Dark Snow Project (which is still less than halfway to target).

    Keep up the excellent work!

    * archaic expression: a ‘bob’ was the slang term for a shilling (now ‘five pence’ after decimalisation) in old UK munny. ‘A few bob’ therefore means ‘some money’. I could have simply replaced the parochial expression, but that wouldn’t have been as entertaining :)

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