New directions

mountain trailBy John Feeney:

From its first day GIM has been nothing more than an effort to reach as many people as possible with an urgent ecological message. The blog has prompted me to think through certain issues and has served as a base from which to venture out, submitting articles to larger publications. In the course of about 15 months, I’ve concluded I can reach more readers by writing mostly for other news and information sources. This means following through on plans I’ve mentioned previously and slowing all activity on GIM. This will free my time for freelance writing rather than blog maintenance.

For the time being, GIM may remain marginally active, with an occasional post or update, but will eventually become an archive, supplanted by a different sort of site featuring new articles. I’ll post an update here when I launch that site. In the meantime, I’ll update the Articles Elsewhere and Speaking/Interviews pages as appropriate.

Comments remain off. I thank all the regular commenters who have helped make GIM a lively site. But while on-site comments have real value of their own, they are for me a time sink which doesn’t play a large role in generating more readers. I do of course continue to welcome emailed comments. Stay tuned…

Evolving focus

For now, my writing focus will be narrowing. I’ll be shifting more strongly to the subject of population. Few observers appreciate the urgency of the population issue. Many are willing to accept it when environmental writers and organizations ignore, or worse, dismiss its importance.

The stakes are too high for that. Population is perhaps the single most important environmental and humanitarian topic, but receives little coverage and a great deal of confused rationalization from writers determined to avoid it. We need to push for a massive shift of attention to this fundamental, shunned topic. (Similar points could be made concerning certain root causes of our ecological plight, such as large scale agriculture and other structures of civilization. Those will no doubt be among the topics of additional forthcoming articles.) So I’m directing even more energy to where the need is.

I hope readers will continue to find GIM useful as an information source, and will check back for updates. As I continue in the mission with which I launched this site, I wish every success to others working to spread the same message. Carry on!
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Image source: ricardo.martin’s photostream, flickr.com, creative commons license

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