Asia now accounts for almost half of global greenhouse gas emissions, even as its countries’ populations, ecosystems and economies are most vulnerable to the impacts of the climate crisis. Glacial melt and sea level rise are accelerating, even as the threats of drought and desertification intensify.
The interconnected risks of climate impacts, depleting natural resources, poverty, food insecurity and health epidemics continue to grow – and must be highlighted by increased media coverage. To support nuanced and compelling reporting that elaborates on these linkages as well as potential solutions, EJN, through its Asia-Pacific project, has awarded 18 new story grants to selected journalists in the Asia-Pacific region.
“From Europe and US to India, Pakistan and East Asia, 2022 has so far brought unbearable heatwaves, terrifying wildfires, powerful floods and record-breaking droughts, taking a huge toll on human health, livelihoods and the economy. It is vital that journalists continue to report closely on how the environmental and climate crises affect life on earth, especially people who are already marginalized in society, and even more importantly, what urgently needs to be done to avoid catastrophic consequences. EJN is pleased to support this new batch of story grantees to do exactly that,” says Amy Sim, EJN Senior Asia-Pacific Program Manager.
Here is the list of newly awarded grantees:
- Shariful Islam, Bangladesh
- Sujit Chandra Saha, Bangladesh
- Varsha Singh, India
- Aatreyee Dhar and Chandrani Sinha, India
- Snigdhendu Bhattacharya, India
- Sanket Jain, India
- Richaldo Hariandja, Indonesia
- Aditya Wardhana, Indonesia
- Amandra Mustika Megarani, Indonesia
- Mara Isabella Budget and Kantaro Suzuki, Japan
- Kathleen Lei Limayo, Krixia Subingsubing and Mariejo S. Ramos, Philippines
- Kenneth Roland Guda, Philippines
- Irwin Angiki, Solomon Islands
- Tulsi Rauniyar, Nepal
- Rahul Samantha Hettiarachchi, Sri Lanka
- Yostorn Triyos, Thailand
- Le Thi Nhu Quynh, Vietnam
- Trang Hong Vu, Vietnam
With support from EJN mentors, the selected journalists will spend the next several months working on in-depth stories on environmental and climate issues in their region, exploring the impact of sand mining in Haryana, India and seabed quarrying in Manila Bay, Philippines; the loss of arable land to sea level rise and its correlation with food insecurity in Bangladesh; efforts to conserve the endangered Japanese giant salamander in Japan; how wind farms affect aquaculture in coastal regions of Vietnam; how glacial melt threatens the lives of mountain communities in Nepal, and more.
Look out for their stories on the EJN website in upcoming months.
Banner image: Sunset at Gokyo lake located on the west side of the Ngozumpa glacier in Nepal, viewed at an altitude of 5,360m / Credit: Ivan Borisov via Flickr.