Fossil-fuel dependence in Latin America has led to poor air and water quality, overcrowded urban areas, and the destruction of biodiverse ecosystems.
Argentina is no exception. Despite its abundant potential for harnessing renewable energy, and its pledge to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, the country finds itself facing several roadblocks to climate action.
In collaboration with Periodistas por el Planeta and Banco de Bosques, EJN’s Pathways to Net Zero Project aims to build the capacity and confidence of journalists to better report on this crucial transition.
As part of this project, nine journalists have been awarded story grants:
- Jorgelina Hiba
- Emilia Delfino
- Mariana Jaroslavsky
- Natalia Concina
- Jazmín Bazan Rey
- Laura Hevia
- Andrés Burgo
- Mar Centenera
- Pablo Corso
The grantees will report on a range of climate, energy and environmental issues, as the country commits to achieving net zero. With support from their mentors, they will report on the decarbonization plans of fossil fuel companies in the Vaca Muerta Shale reservoir, sustainable cattle ranching projects in the Chaco region, lithium extraction in the country’s salt flats, yerba mate production in the province of Misiones, football teams that are incorporating solar energy into their sport, and more.
In addition to awarding story grants, EJN has produced an introductory guide to covering Net Zero in Argentina (in Spanish).
Project staff are also organizing a capacity-building media training workshop in early April. Participants will include the story grantees listed above as well as these four journalists:
- Daniela Lopez
- Andrea Bonnet
- Gabriela Vizental
- Cecilia Fernández Castañon
The workshop, which will be held in Colonia Elia, a small town in Entre Rios near forested areas and a wetland, will furnish participants with the theorical and practical tools they need to report on Argentina’s progress toward its net zero goals.
Participants will have the opportunity to hear from experts and guest speakers and will also take a field trip to the surrounding areas of Colonia Elia, to visit sites of ecological importance, guided by Emiliano Ezcurra, Executive Director of Banco de Bosques.
"This project comes at a crucial time for Argentina. The country is taking its first steps on its net zero transition, which brings important challenges for its economy and society. Reporters have the important task of tracking these changes and what is necessary for them to take place,” said project manager Fermín Koop.
“We hope to finish the project having increased their capacities to do climate reporting,” he added.
Access the tipsheet and look out for future stories here.
Banner Image: Livestock accounts for 16% of Argentina’s total emissions, and the 2030 national strategy for reducing emissions and adapting to climate change proposes increasing the efficiency of animal agriculture / Credit: Agustín Lautaro via Unsplash.