Mother Jones: Carbon Refugees
Compared to “The Dark Side of Plan Colombia,” which received our start-to-finish services, this article revealed Project Word’s motto of restraint—“Do what’s necessary, stay out of the way.”
The writer, experienced investigative journalist Mark Schapiro, wanted to trace the effects of controversial carbon trading on the inhabitants of a Brazilian forest. But he needed absolutely no developmental editing assistance of any kind from Project Word, nor any entrée to editors. Project Word never saw a word of any draft. We simply liked and trusted his proposal, as did Mother Jones.
Instead, Schapiro needed support to report from Brazil. So we provided that assistance, along with access to an indigenous Guarani interpreter and a world-class French photographer, Nicolas Villaume. The results ran in the magazine's November–December issue, and included a PBS/Frontline documentary. Both works were widely circulated at the UN climate conference in Copenhagen (2009) and Cancun (2010). Schapiro’s subsequent article in Harper’s (with no involvement from Project Word) also covers related material.