Our campaign pressing NPR to stop taking frackers' money and stop telling fracking lies is working! NPR Ombud Elizabeth Jensen recently responded to our campaign with a two part expose on NPR's coverage of climate change and the environment.1 Among her findings:
- The number of stories about climate change and the environment has decreased from a peak of 972 stories in 2010 to 707 stories in 2014 (a drop of nearly 20 percent) -- even when casting a wide net for stories that mention weather, the Haiti earthquake and more.
- NPR's reporting on the climate and environment is scattered in several sections, hard to find and what's on the website does not reflect the coverage on flagship shows like Morning Edition or All Things Considered.
- It's no big deal though, NPR has a plan to work with local stations, and also there's a firewall between editorial and fundraising departments. So nothing needs to be done.
Say what?! If you're as frustrated as I am that the NPR ombud spent months investigating coverage of climate change and fracking, found damning, smoking gun evidence that the coverage was off, hard to find and diminishing and then shrugged her shoulders; Click here to share our petition now.
Thousands us have called on NPR to kick the dirty habit of taking money from fossil fuel polluters like ANGA. Together more than 37,000 of us representing local and national public radio pledges of more than $655,175 have said "it's us or them, please choose listeners over fracking money and fracking lies."
And we're just one part of the mighty Divestment movement, which together with big philanthropists and companies and regular people the world over just announced that we've divested $2.6 trillion from fossil fuels so far.2 But it's especially important for PUBLIC media, like NPR, to get on board with divestment because it's supported by regular people like us. We are the PUBLIC in National Public Radio, and when we speak together we have the power to make really newsworthy change.
We know this campaign can work, and now we know NPR is paying attention. But it's going to take a lot more support before NPR gives up on fossil fuels for good. Can you help grow our movement for people-powered clean energy news by sharing this action with five friends this week? Click here to spread the word on Facebook, Twitter and your social networks -- or just forward this email to anyone you know who loves public radio and hates fracking.
Drew and the frack free radio team at Environmental Action.
1 - Elizabeth Jensen, Surveying NPR's Coverage Of Climate And The Environment, NPR Blog, September 14, 2015
- Elizabeth Jensen, NPR's Environment Coverage: What's Next, NPR Blog, September 15, 2015
2 - Divest Invest, FOSSIL FUEL DIVESTMENT PLEDGES SURPASS $2.6 TRILLION, September 22, 2015