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Voting is open for the Climate Change Communicator of the Year award for activities in 2010.
The nominees include our Climate Change Media Partnership programme (set up by IIED, Internews and Panos). You can read our full nomination text below, and you can vote online here: http://www.climatechangecommunication.org/award.cfm
In recent years, the CCMP has supported nearly 150 journalists from 50 countries in Africa and the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean. We want to do more, so please consider voting and telling others who might be interested.
CLIMATE CHANGE MEDIA PARTNERSHIP
“When I took this job the issue of climate change was hardly being reported in developing countries at all, and if it was being reported in developing countries it was being reported as an issue in which the West is interested but which is not of particular concern to the South,” said Yvo de Boer in his final press conference as head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in June 2010. “I think that that has fundamentally changed. I think that the media partnership has played a modest role in that. Media attention through you has deepened in the South.”
De Boer was talking about the Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP), an innovative project through which hundreds of millions of people across the developing world received accurate, relevant information about climate change last year, with funding largely from the European Commission.
Set up by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network, Panos and the International Institute for Environment and Development, the CCMP’s main activity is a fellowship programme, which enables journalists from developing nations to report on intergovernmental climate-change negotiations.
In June 2010, the CCMP took 14 journalists from developing nations to the UNFCCC meeting in Bonn, Germany. Later in the year, and the partnership took another group — this time 31 journalists from 26 developing countries to the UNFCCC conference in Cancún, Mexico. Over two weeks, they sent a vital stream of news back to their home countries in languages as diverse as Kiswahili, Arabic, Nepali and Mandarin.
As well as receiving editorial support and training on the science and politics of climate change, the journalists visited community forestry projects and interviewed leading climate change experts and negotiators. Reporting on the negotiations and side events for their home media outlets was the top priority in Cancún for the CCMP fellows, but they also published stories on the partnership’s website.
As Yvo de Boer noted, the dominant Western media rarely tells such stories from perspectives of developing nations whose journalists can rarely afford to travel to major international meetings.
The CCMP fellows are not the only journalists to benefit from the project. In 2010, the CCMP sent more than 5,000 other journalists worldwide its toolkit on how to report on REDD+ and a link to the CCMP’s online Roster of Experts where hundreds of scientists and other professionals have made themselves available to journalists.
Many CCMP journalists have gone on to become leading reporters on climate-change in their countries. In 2010, CCMP fellows from Pakistan, India, Namibia and the Philippines all organised workshops to equip other journalists with the knowledge, skills and resources needed to cover climate change.
The CCMP’s email network provides ongoing support to these future leaders of climate change journalism. Their passion and determination for finding great stories and reporting them in ways that are relevant to their audiences has helped inform many millions of people around the world about climate change and what it will mean for their lives.
To vote, visit: http://www.climatechangecommunication.org/award.cfm
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