The ICRC organized a seminar for journalists on climate change | Pro IQRA News

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Islamabad: Climate change experts and journalists have highlighted the need for clean, natural solutions to climate change and the need to sensitize journalists to promote responsible coverage of climate change.

These issues were discussed and addressed during a workshop organized for journalists entitled “The Climate Change Report: Making the Invisible Visible” on 2-3 August 2022 by the Center for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) and the International Committee of the Red Cross. (ICRC).

The aim of the workshop was to promote responsible and inclusive reporting on how climate change is happening at the local level. Climate change is deeply intertwined with local patterns of inequality, and those who are already marginalized or vulnerable face the disproportionate consequences of this crisis.

Veteran journalist and workshop lead trainer Shahzeb Jillani said: “It is imperative that we put local communities at the center of our stories and highlight the impacts of climate change on local people, which have otherwise been absent from mainstream media coverage.”

13 print, broadcast and digital media journalists from various media organizations took part in the seminar. The workshop was attended by Malik Amin Aslam, former Minister for Climate Change, Dr. Nausheen Anwar, Director, Karachi Urban Lab, Sardar Sarfaraz, Chief Meteorologist, Pakistan Met Department, Dr. Sher Muhammad, ICIMOD Glaciologist, and Maaz Tanveer, Head of Communications, HANDS Pakistan.

Commenting on the need for a consolidated national response to climate change, former climate change minister Malik Amin Aslam said: “We have turned garden cities into cities of concrete. There are too many rules and sloppy implementation. We need to move towards clean, nature-based solutions to this crisis.”

The workshop allowed participants to learn more about the science of climate change, disaster risk reduction and management, the policy and science of global climate change, and progress in national government responses to the phenomenon.

Experts have warned of the dire consequences of inaction on climate change and urged journalists to connect climate science with local priorities. “If we don’t control the average temperature by 1.5 degrees by the end of this century, two-thirds of our glaciers will disappear and there will be no replacement,” ICIMOD glaciologist Dr Scher said.

The workshop is part of a larger ICRC humanitarian reporting initiative in Pakistan. Launched in collaboration with CEJ in 2017, it is a comprehensive learning project that aims to instill a culture of responsible reporting on humanitarian issues through a series of themed workshops, annual humanitarian reporting awards and scholarships.


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