If you read Grist (or watch the video above), you already know we’re a little bit different.

That’s because we took a big gamble back in 1999. “Hey,” we said, “let’s start an environmental news site. Let’s use that newfangled thing called email to send our news around. And let’s be a nonprofit.”

But that crazy experiment worked. Grist has grown from a tiny audience (mostly made up of our worried parents) to a monthly audience of 2 million people around the world. That audience is made up of people like you who want to know all there is to know about this planet of ours — and who like a little irreverence with their news.

We are a reader-supported publication. Every month, thousands of people donate whatever they can to keep Grist going.

They do this for all sorts of reasons: 1) Because independent media matters a lot; 2) Because Grist is fighting for a healthier planet; 3) Because we give people great ideas for how to live a greener life; 4) Because we are winsome and charming; 4.5) Because we are not above bribing — I mean thanking! — our donors with little perks and prizes.

Whatever motivates someone to give, we’re grateful. Reader donations make up more than a third of our budget. We could not survive without them. Without you.

This year, your support will help us tell more stories, reach more people, and educate the next generation of journalists through the Grist fellowship program. Your dollars make this happen. So take a moment, click the donate link, and give what you can. Support Grist, support independent environmental journalism, and become a monthly supporting member of Grist today!