I live in Cascadia, a land of hydropower, mossy forests and clearcuts, increasing human diversity and megafires. We think, on the whole, that we’re green, and our leaders think we’re leading the fight against climate change. Alas despite big promises over a decade ago and countless initiatives since, fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions keep growing across Washington, Oregon and British Columbia.
This year I’m drilling down on what it will take to turn Cascadia’s climate picture around — for my region to get real about moving beyond carbon energy. In January my reporting for Seattle-based nonprofit journalism studio InvestigateWest launched a year-long collaborative project exploring Cascadia’s capacity to slash carbon emissions over the coming decades.
Getting to Zero: Decarbonizing Cascadia profiles the people, policies and firms that can transform the region’s economy and restore its scorched and beetle-infested forests. It’s an ambitious project, and nearly unique in its cross-border frame.
To deliver on the ambition we recruited a team of nonprofit journalism superstars, including Grist.org, The Tyee, Seattle-based Crosscut, and Jefferson Public Radio — the NPR affiliate for southwest Oregon and northwest California. The Associated Press wire carries our series to news outlets across the United States. And we’re already a LONGFORM selection.