Ecology + Justice + Culture in the American South

About Us

In the age of the Anthropocene, the South faces vast and complex ecological challenges. This region stands to bear the brunt and lose the most from the effects of climate change. It is experiencing massive economic shifts as the nation shifts away from fossil fuels. The South is the fastest urbanizing area of the U.S., but it is also home to some of the most economically distressed communities — a trend that is expected to continue as the climate changes. Southerners deserve a publication that covers the nuances of their environment, history, and communities without being condescending or stereotypical, without parachuting in from large metropolitan areas. The rest of the world deserves to know about the creative ways communities here are adapting to these changes and how those in economic and political power are responding to either move the region forward or maintain the status quo.

Based in Whitesburg, Kentucky, Southerly is an independent non-profit media organization that covers the intersection of ecology, justice, and culture in the American South. Through in-depth journalism, we explore and analyze the relationship between Southern communities and their natural environments. By reporting on these issues in a well-rounded and accurate way, Southerly informs readers — whether they’re along the Atlantic coast, in the hollers of Appalachia, on Tennessee farmland, in the Mississippi Delta, or outside of the South — so that they can act on behalf of the region’s natural resources and communities.

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Our Team

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Lyndsey Gilpin is the founder and editor-in-chief of Southerly. Based in the coalfields of Eastern Kentucky, she is a reporter and editor who has covered climate change, energy, environmental justice all over the U.S. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, Vice, The Daily Beast, CityLab, Undark, High Country News, FiveThirtyEight, The Washington Post, Hakai, The Atlantic, Grist, Outside, and InsideClimate News. She earned her master’s degree from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Read more here.

Contact Lyndsey: lgilpin@southerlymag.org