Inhabitants of the Pacific Islands are among the first impacted by the effects of climate change. As rising seas sweep away land and delicate ecosystems are pummeled by extreme weather, there has been a lack of attention and resources dedicated to supporting local media in reporting on these stories.
To address this gap, the Earth Journalism Network and our local partners are implementing the "Pacific Geojournalism Project: Strengthening Environmental Journalism in the Pacific Islands to Build Community Reslience to Climate Change".
This Project will work to improve the quantity and quality of information on climate change impacts and resilience strategies available to communities, by equipping local media to produce fact-based, solutions oriented coverage of climate change adaptation issues. It aims to provide local media from Samoa, Fiji, Vanautu and across the Pacific with both the skills and knowledge to provide their communities with more, better quality information about climate change. This support is especially focused on reporting resilience strategies and telling the stories of marginalized groups.
Four key activities are planned:
- Mobilize and train local media to accurately report on resource management, climate adaptation and resilience topics
- Network local media in Samoa, Fiji and Vanautu with other media and stakeholders working on climate change issues
- Create a GeoJournalism platform for the Pacific Islands to visualize and map climate change stories throughout the region
- Implement story-writing competitions for additional reporting on climate change issues in the Pacific Islands
Through this work, we endeavor to build a stronger and more stable network of climate change communicators in the Pacific who can help guide communities toward resilience.
This project is made possible by the support of the American people, through the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID).