In the U.S., climate change is a divisive and often neglected topic. By grounding the conversation in facts through the provision of easy to interpret visualizations and media, Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) fosters rich and informed dialogue about the contentious issues behind global climate change.
In doing so, EJN is seeking to support the development of its interactive mapping platform and open-data portal that highlights issues of climate change and environmental degradation across the United States. This map, called Climate Commons, combines the most recently available data on climate change indicators, such as temperature, precipitation, and emissions, with the latest, geo-tagged stories on climate change in the United States.
With Climate Commons, EJN will bring a diverse set of participants to the discussion by further tapping into pre-existing national non-profit and media networks, adding tools for the customizable distribution of maps and submission of stories to the sites, and creating a system whereby valuable citizen testimony is channeled directly to policymakers. Ultimately, Climate Commons aims to serve as the information hub at the nexus of the civil society, media, and political spheres.
Visit Climate Commons here.