Workshop highlights responsible and inclusive reporting on the challenges of global warming and climate change

Climate change experts and journalists have highlighted the need for clean, nature-based solutions to the problem of climate change and the need to educate journalists to promote responsible reporting on the impacts of climate change.

These questions were discussed and tackled during a workshop organized for journalists entitled “Reporting on Climate Change: Making the Invisible Visible” by the Center of Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC ).

Focused on building the technical knowledge and skills of journalists, the aim of the workshop was to promote responsible and inclusive reporting on how climate change plays out locally.

Climate change is deeply linked to local patterns of inequality and people already marginalized or in vulnerable situations face disproportionate impacts from this crisis.

Shahzeb Jillani, veteran journalist and lead workshop trainer, said, “It is imperative that we put local communities at the heart of our stories and highlight indigenous impacts of climate change that are otherwise absent from mainstream media coverage.” ,

The workshop brought together 13 print, broadcast and digital journalists from various media and featured panel sessions by Malik Amin Aslam, former Minister of Climate Change, Dr Nausheen Anwar, the Director of Karachi Urban Lab, Sardar Sarfaraz and Chief Meteorologist of Pakistan Met Department Dr Sher Muhammad, Glaciologist at ICIMOD, and Maaz Tanveer, Communications Officer for HANDS Pakistan.

Former Minister of Climate Change, Malik Amin Aslam, commenting on the need for a consolidated national response to climate change, said, “We have turned garden cities into cities of concrete. There are too many policies and careless implementation. We must move towards clean, nature-based solutions to this crisis,”

The workshop allowed participants to learn about the science of climate change, disaster risk reduction and management, the politics and science of global climate change, and the progress of the government’s national response to it. phenomenon.

Experts warned of the earth-shattering consequences of inaction on climate change and urged journalists to link climate science to local priorities. “If we don’t control the average temperature of 1.5 degrees by the end of this century, two-thirds of our glaciers will disappear, for which no substitute is available,” the glaciologist told ICIMOD, Dr Sher.

Teresa H. Sadler