Dave Martin, Mongabay’s Director of Partnerships, offers some thoughts for the end of 2016:

Our team would like to wish you a very happy holidays and a hope-filled new year. I realize that many of us are feeling a sense of apprehension right now, but I see reasons to stay positive. Recent events are acting as a galvanizing force in the environmental movement, and with your help, Mongabay will continue to play a critical role in informing the conservation sector. And the great news is that we received a $10,000 matching gift challenge this weekend, through which all donations will be doubled until January, so please consider taking advantage of this rare opportunity to support our pioneering efforts in environmental journalism.

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I would also like to offer some hopeful thoughts on how to move forward positively in 2017:

Optimism: Always remember that thoughtful, intelligent, and dedicated people are working together to protect and preserve our environment. There are good groups that do good work. Mongabay supplies these people with the information and inspiration they need to get the job done.

Steadfastness: Reaction time is essential. At Mongabay, we have hundreds of correspondents reporting in real-time from virtually every region and biodiversity hotspot around the world. Our network ensures more transparency and accountability from businesses and governmental actors at this critical juncture.

Double down on facts: Have you noticed the emergence and corresponding negative impacts of fake news? It is time to double down on facts and reassert the critical importance of good journalism. Nonprofit journalism is seen as an antidote to the disinformation and fake news that is impacting all facets of our lives, including conservation efforts. With U.S. President-elect Trump nominating an ardent climate change denier to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, and his administration issuing threats against media outlets, independent environmental journalism is more important than ever.

Be strategic: The exploitative agenda that is currently undermining conservation efforts is quite clear. Mongabay identifies emerging threats and opportunities in the world of conservation and offers in-depth analysis in order to fill existing information gaps. In fact, we commission specific reporting projects surrounding topics that will maximize real world impact.

Forge partnerships: Despite some of the rhetoric you may hear, even from people in top leadership positions, the great majority of people are going green. Take the initiative in 2017 to forge partnerships with people and organizations that will move the needle towards sustainability. We are proud that our unbiased news and analysis catalyzes positive impact in the world, from better policy to stopping destructive projects, and we thank you for your support.

We hope you have a rejuvenative holiday season and urge you to remain optimistic, steadfast, double down on facts and science, be strategic, and, of course, forge partnerships to make the world a better place.

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