A prominent British news outlet known for its global warming activism has been forced to cut its workforce by 18 percent after the paper reported losing $85 million in the last year.
The Guardian newspaper announced it was cutting 310 jobs from its staff, including 100 cuts to its editorial staff and 60 positions it had yet to fill. The U.K. paper, which was founded in 1821, hopes “all cuts will be made by voluntary redundancies.”
“Our plan of action has one goal: to secure the journalistic integrity and financial independence of the Guardian in perpetuity,” Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner and CEO David Pemsel wrote in an email to staff Thursday. They cited a “volatile media environment” that’s led to “urgent need for radical action”.
The left-leaning newspaper is also known for its more alarmist stance on global warming and opinion editorials bashing so-called “climate deniers.” The Guardian, however, has an opinion column called “Climate Consensus — The 97%” by blogger Dana Nuccitelli.
The Guardian even teamed up with the environmental group 350.org to launch a campaign encouraging institutions to divest themselves from fossil fuel holdings. The so-called “Keep it in the Ground” campaign launched as United Nations delegates head to Paris to hash out a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol.
“In particular, we are aiming to give a fresh focus on the solar revolution already underway and transforming the global energy system,” according to the campaign’s website. “We want to show that the transition to a world run on clean energy is possible and indeed already happening outside the doors of the UN.”
The Guardian initially launched the campaign in March 2015, but six months later it renewed its call for divestment as U.N. delegates were set to meet in Paris. It’s not exactly clear how successful the campaign is been.
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