As the world's attention turns to this year's round of climate negotiations, Internews' Earth Journalism Network (EJN) and its partners is bringing one of the largest cohorts of international journalists to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) summit, COP16, in Cancun this November, linking the high-level global summit to the real impacts of climate change felt by millions around the world.
These fellows are often the only journalists from their country present at the negotiations, simultaneously raising awareness of the issues at home and holding their home country delegates accountable at the summit.
Beverly Natividad, CCMP Fellow from the Philippines, said coverage of the negotiations is important to her community. "With very little participation and voice in the international scene, Filipinos in general never see much value in multilateral talks. But climate change issues are different. While a small country like the Philippines may have contributed so little to the problem, it is reeling from its effects and stands to suffer the most from apathy. I am hoping that seeing climate negotiations in an international arena will widen my own perspective on local issues, and improve my stories."
For the first time this year, EJN is also bringing journalists from the U.S. to report on the negotiations. Meet the Fellows.
Fellows benefit from a series of specially designed activities, including orientation, briefings, reporting field trips and a media clinic.
"The challenges of covering climate science and policy can be extraordinary, particularly during heated, protracted treaty negotiations," says Revkin. "Having reported on climate science and treaty discussions since before there was an IPCC and UNFCCC, I'm thrilled to be able to share a few insights and tactics for avoiding pitfalls and maximizing clarity and credibility in coverage."
Fellows will blog and file reports from the conference for their home media outlets, on the CCMP site, the Earth Journalism Network site, and on partner news outlets, including the Columbia Journalism Review.