The American South 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. It is the fastest urbanizing area of the U.S., but it is also home to some of its most economically distressed communities — a trend that is expected to continue. 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.
Southerly is an independent, non-profit 501(c)3 media organization that covers the intersection of ecology, justice, and culture in the American South. Through in-depth journalism and community engagement, we explore and analyze the relationship between Southerners and their natural environments. By reporting on these issues in a well-rounded and thoughtful 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 make informed decisions about our changing region.
Southerly also helps any publication of any size, medium, and audience tell more thoughtful, informative stories about climate and environmental issues in the American South. We do this by cultivating communities across the region through regional events and networking, fostering collaborations between news outlets and sharing resources, and producing original content that can be easily accessed and shared.