Denatured, a journalism nonprofit

Dear readers: I bet that for years now you’ve been telling yourself, ‘Shit, I wish I could support this Ketcham dude’s journalism with tax-deductible donations so that he can continue to make trouble for exploiters, polluters, loggers, grazers, miners, mass rapers of mother earth, torturers of animals, trophy hunters, lovers of machines, technofascists, control fanatics, greedhead oligarchs, capitalist scum, and the profit system in general.’

Well, here’s your chance!

With the backing of my nonprofit sponsor Wildlands Defense, a 501(c)3 in Boise, Idaho, I’ve set up Denatured, a nonprofit association whose purpose is to fund me to plant investigative bombs in the right places.  All donations to Denatured are 100 percent tax deductible.  If you wish to contribute, please contact me at christopher.ketcham99@gmail.com, or just go to my Paypal.

Some of the stories that donors have already pledged support for as of mid-year 2022:

* an exploration of what we do to predators in these fair United States: we torture, brutalize, persecute, exterminate.  Why?  To tell the story in a compelling narrative form, I will join a veteran Nat Geo photographer at various killing contests and visit with hunters in the field as they hunt down and slaughter bobcats, coyotes, and foxes. 

* an investigation, for Sierra Magazine, of the rewilding of Western public lands that can happen only with mass removal of livestock and widespread reintroduction of wolves and beavers; the piece is news-pegged to a forthcoming major study by a group of ecologists who report on the ecological restoration that would occur following these wildlife reintroductions — which themselves will succeed only with the lifting of the cattle curse from the West.

* my recent exposé of the oligarch-funded Nature Conservancy (TNC), wealthiest enviro nonprofit in the US.  The piece, which appeared at Grist.org, examined the green cover TNC provides for the rape of forests in poor communities of color in the coastal plains of the Southeast.  Turns out that the Nature Conservancy conserves nature only for rich people!

* a piece I’ll be publishing that investigates the environmental and ecological havoc in the build-out of so-called “green energy” infrastructure; my focus will be the massive development of industrial solar facilities on public lands in Nevada, wild and remote places in the federal public domain that have yet to be subjugated under the industrial system – but are now ripe for picking under a “green” capitalist regime.

* a series of articles about the limits to the growth of the human enterprise and the unsustainable technoindustrial order – limits to economic and population growth, and limits to tech innovation that has facilitated growth.  My inspiration for these articles is ecologist Kenneth Boulding, who famously remarked that “anyone who believes that exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman – or an economist.” (Growthist economists dominate the mainstream of discussion about “sustainable” economic systems — and I will reveal them to be the deluded maniacs that they are.)   

Remember that to write these pieces takes a lot more time and effort than I usually get remunerated for under “market” conditions for the freelance writer.   Which is to say, this kind of environmental journalism is truly not profitable.  Thus the nonprofit model I’m here embracing.