Empowering young climate journalists
After the Paris Agreement entered into force in 2016, media attention has shifted away from climate policy. Current reporting on climate lacks a tone of urgency reflecting that there is only a short window of time to implement more ambitious climate policy and shift investments if global warming is to remain below 2 degrees. Also, there is a general lack of reporting that ambitious climate policy is not only possible, but also economically and socially beneficial.
Partly because of the media’s reluctance to put climate firmly on the agenda, there is a lack of public discourse on this issue, and, subsequently, no longer a strong momentum in international climate policy. The project aims to address this through regular, informed reporting on climate change in strategically selected countries.
With the project, Climate Tracker aims to influence public debate on climate change in the context of the implementation of The Paris Agreement and the need for even more ambitious climate policies. Climate Tracker will train and incentivize young journalists to publish about their government’s’ progress on the implementation of their climate pledges, and the associated financial flows.
Through their reporting, the young journalists aim to significantly influence public debate and narratives across ten focus countries: The Philippines, Indonesia, India, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Egypt, Bangladesh, Peru, Pakistan, and Turkey. These countries are selected based on their international importance, the potential of a concrete political shift in those countries, and the potential to significantly influence the media narrative around climate policy.
Climate Tracker is a network of more than 5,000 young environmental journalists and communicators from over 100 countries. Their mission is to take the climate movement global, and empower young journalists and communicators to influence climate change discourse in their countries. The aim of this project is to:
- Significantly influence public debate and climate policies across ten focus countries by producing around 400 articles on NDC implementation and financial flows in the energy sector
- Create a cohort of young leaders and journalists: About 600-650 young journalists will be trained in online trainings and webinars, 40-60 journalists will be involved in on-the-ground workshops in strategic countries, 20 will receive online-fellowships and further 5 will be awarded with a COP 23 fellowship