A Note from Eric — The Phoenix is rising again
Hi Phoenix community,
Eric here, wishing you all a belated Earth Day! I spent the afternoon watching the Twins at Target Field — the first stadium in MLB to be LEED Platinum Certified. It was very very cold.
I wanted to give you all an update on The Phoenix, and share the news that starting immediately, I'm planning on taking back over all writing duties for The Phoenix. We're going through some reorganization at Currently — the parent organization of The Phoenix — in the hopes of making our work more sustainable, and part of that means getting back to the roots of why I started this community in the first place: to build revolutionary change to support climate justice.
It's been a whirlwind since the fall of 2020 when The Phoenix began, the fall of 2021 when we switched to Ghost and became independent from Substack, and last summer when The Phoenix joined Currently. If I'm 100% honest, the past three years has been a rollercoaster for me personally as well — Covid, all the dramas of raising two kids (and now two stepkids!), therapy, trying to build a business and being the leader of a 50(!) person organization at Currently's peak, endless Minnesota winters, and feeling like none of it is enough when the planet is burning.
The truth is, I took on too much, overcommitted, and now I'm trying to rescale all these activities in a more coherent and focused way. The main thing I'd like to focus on: The deeply personal relationship we all have with the weather and our planet, and how that can be revolutionary.
You'll be hearing a lot more soon from me soon, but in the meantime, drop me an email if you'd like to say hello and if you have anything particular that you'd be really excited to see from The Phoenix going forward. I'll answer every one.
So excited to continue this journey with you.
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