Like out-of-town friends, magazines pop by every so often to give you a colourful update on the latest happenings before taking up permanent residence on the shelf in the bathroom. Schedule a regular visitation with today's Groupon: for $16, you get a one-year subscription to Alternatives Journal (a $39.55 value, including HST).
First published in 1971, Alternatives Journal ’s editors pack six issues per year with environmental analysis aimed at fostering community action, which helped garner the publication an Utne Independent Press Awards nomination in 2011. Readers discover ideas on how humanity can reach a more sustainable future, or glue googly eyes to the kitchen clock and debate the latest eco-news from Canada and around the world. Pages flip to features crafted by some of the nation's foremost eco-friendly wordsmiths, and past contributors have included Green Party leader Elizabeth May as well as author and activist Naomi Klein. Each edition stuffs mailboxes with both informative and engaging brain feasts, such as articles on the food system, environmental education, and the inherent relationship between musicians and the environment. Housed at the University of Waterloo, Alternatives Journal's publication pros fact-check each of their written creations before bundling them up in knitted wool sweaters and sending them out for peer review.
Founded in 1971, "Alternatives Journal," uses pinpoint journalism to focus on educating the public about local and global environmental news. Its coverage has touched upon subjects ranging from sustainable living tips to political news to profiles of environmentalists and their innovations. The publication also keeps readers abreast of upcoming events, books, and documentaries, allowing like-minded environmentalists to share opinions, green practices, and any new species they find in their backyards.