The Politics of Climate Change: How Journalists in East Africa Can Scrutinize Green Agendas & Political Candidates

The Politics of Climate Change: How Journalists in East Africa Can Scrutinize Green Agendas & Political Candidates

The latest reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) paint a grim picture for the future of our climate. Human activity and dependence on fossil fuels continue to produce dangerous greenhouse gas emissions, exacerbating glacial melt and sea level rise and intensifying extreme weather events such as droughts and floods. These changes threaten human, environmental and animal health.

The effects of climate change are felt particularly hard in East Africa. Climate impacts have already led to the loss of lives and livelihoods, driving migration and rapid biodiversity loss in the region. What are policymakers doing – or not doing – about these issues? As election year in Kenya ramps up, this webinar explored how journalists can scrutinize their political leaders and investigate their green (or not-so-green) agendas.

Panelists discussed climate change through a political lens and shared best practices, challenges, solutions and achievements.
 

Speakers:

  • Dr. Frida Karani — A university lecturer, advocate of human rights, behavior change, and sustainable community development and founder, Sustainable Climate Action in Africa Conference. She is an aspirant for the Senatorial seat, Embu County (email)
  • Dr. Jackson Kinyanjui Koimbori — East Africa-Regional Coordinator Climate Reality Project and Founder, Climate Change Awareness Kenya. He is vying for the Speakers seat in the County Assembly in Nakuru County (email)
  • Joyce Chimbi — A science, health, and environment journalist (email)
  • Maurice Kavai — Deputy Director Climate Change, Nairobi City County (email)
     

Moderator:

  • Kiundu Waweru — Project Manager, East Africa Wildlife Journalism project, Internews' Earth Journalism Network 

Please click on the speakers' names to download their presentations. 

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