It's not too late yet to help fund the next stage of Gerd Ludwig's ongoing documentation of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine, "The Long Shadow of Chernobyl." At this writing he's only $4,000 short of the total budget he needs to fund his entire trip on the 25th anniversary of the original event.
TOP is a supporter of this project. Ongoing stories are no longer "news," yet they sometimes seem the most important stories with which to help educate ourselves about the potential long-term consequences of current events. This seemed to me to be a way to take an "action step" in the wake of the multiple disasters in Japan—especially as we are already seeing that story beginning its inevitable fade from the very top of the news stack.
That it's an example of citizen-funded journalism is a good thing, too.
Funding concludes at mid-day today. If you can, watch the video—it's fascinating. And consider pitching in, if it sounds worthwhile to you.
(Thanks to Ray Bliss)
UPDATE: The project is funded. Gerd raised $23,313, the last $2,400 or so today. It's a little less than $1,700 shy of everything he needs to fund the project and almost twice his stated goal from Kickstarter.
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Featured Comment by Karel Kravik: "In case you haven't seen before, here's an excellent coverage of Chernobyl by Paul Fusco."
Featured Comment by Marcin: "I'm afraid Gerd Ludwig spreads misinformation for dramatic effect. Here are some hard facts about the aftermath of the disaster."
Mike adds: ...And there you have, one after another, essentially the most negative and the most positive possible views of Chernobyl.