Join Margaret Atwood and Donate to Orion

Dear Reader,

I came to know Orion through my friendship with the late Barry Lopez. An ardent supporter of the magazine, he understood that powerful, compassionate environmental writing can inspire the kind of change we desperately need. 

Barry’s message was always urgent: You must see yourself in the melting of the Arctic and express affection not only for the land but also for the animals who inhabit it. That message is at the heart of Orion.

Like Barry’s nonfiction writing, my fiction wrestles with our collective emotional capacity to feel a sense of awe and protection for the environment and the possible tragedies awaiting us if we don’t pay attention to the warnings before us. I focus on these topics because like Barry—and like you—I feel great concern for the world’s many unfolding environmental crises. 

That’s also why I appreciate Orion—because it challenges us to think and feel about our own connections to nature, animals, other people, and imperiled places.

I admire how Orion inspires a sense of curiosity by introducing me to new writers and new ways of knowing the world.

That’s why I am asking you to generously support Orion today. Please go beyond purchasing a subscription (but do that too) and make a small contribution of $23, $43, $63 or more. 

When you donate to Orion, you support its capacity to bring its mission deeper into the world. And that mission, to “bring readers into a community of caring for the planet,” is needed now more than ever.

Orion depends on donations to continue publishing the writing that you (and I) love, and it needs to raise $25,000 by October 31st. 

As a donor, you help Orion continue to build community, inspire thoughtfulness and compassion, and bring you the writers you love. Thank you, in advance, for supporting this vital publication.





Margaret Atwood

Author of The Handmaid’s Tale
2022 recipient of the Orion/Barry Lopez Award

P.S. Every donation—your donation—helps Orion meet its goal of raising $25,000 by the end of October 2023.

The Orion Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization; all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.