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What’s Next OnEarth
We’re taking our groundbreaking journalism in new directions with a monthly digital magazine and daily newswire. Here’s what to expect.

Dear readers,

We want to share some important news with you about changes to OnEarth: this fall we’ll be launching an all-digital version of our award-winning publication. That means our summer print issue will be the last delivered to newsstands and mailboxes.

We remain committed to publishing powerful, engaging stories in bold new ways that we believe can reach more readers than ever. And we think the most effective way to do that is through innovative digital formats that don’t require spending a huge chunk of our budget on paper, postage, and printing—a change that seems only appropriate for a publication dedicated to preserving earth’s resources.

OnEarth’s digital version will dedicate each monthly issue to exploring many facets of a single environmental topic with the same kind of depth, rigor, and originality that our readers have come to expect. At the same time, we’ll increase our daily coverage of environmental health, science, and policy in a way that’s lively, irreverent, and—oh yeah—tells readers what really matters to their lives and what they can do about it.

Of course we feel a little sad about ending our 35-year print run, but reinvention has long been a part of OnEarth’s DNA (when we first started publishing, we were called The Amicus Journal). But what’s most important to the OnEarth editors—and to the Natural Resources Defense Council, our nonprofit publisher—is that our groundbreaking journalism continues to thrive, especially at a time when so much of the mainstream media has cut back on coverage of critical environmental issues.

We wouldn’t take this step if we weren’t absolutely confident in our ability to continue telling great stories and reaching important, influential audiences. Columbia Journalism Review recently praised OnEarth for figuring out how to make lively long-form journalism work in the digital space. These stories include deep investigative dives and richly reported narratives that uncover environmental problems—and their solutions.

OnEarth's commitment to high-quality journalism will continue to grow and evolve but never waver. We hope we can count on your continued interest and support as we forge ahead in exciting new directions.

Doug Barasch
Scott Dodd

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Ah, so more pieces on monarchs, pollinator loss, and prairie loss? (Just looking at the header image.)
I think this is a mistake. I became an NRDC member thanks to the print edition, which I chanced upon at a gym some years ago. Even today, I prefer the print edition, as I'm sure countless others do. Perhaps it will only be a small percentage of us, but I guarantee I wont be reading as many articles now, and not because i'm upset or dont care to. It would be helpful to see some solid analysis and numbers to back up the statement that this switch is in fact green; i'm skeptical. Now everyone must have access to an electronic device with internet - a network of processes consuming energy from at least three independent sources (the computer, the ISP, and your servers).