Climate change reporting workshop addresses ‘biggest threat to the planet’

Climate change reporting workshop addresses ‘biggest threat to the planet’

Last month in Bangkok at the ASEAN Summit, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called climate change “the biggest threat to the planet at the present moment, [and] the defining issue of our time”. Guterres also underscored that with more than 10% of the population living in coastal areas, Thailand is in one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change. National development planning is increasingly taking this reality into account, but it is also urgent to address social awareness.

Climate Change PosterThe role of the media and journalists is crucial. In the digital era, the explosion of climate change-related stories and information across different communities in Thailand, the region and the world demands a higher level of media literacy. Ethical journalism, based on critical thinking and the principle of independence, is essential to help societies to meet this challenge.

Media need to be forward-looking and play an active role in informing the public in advance about climate change preparedness as well as during and after disasters. Journalists need to communicate with scientists to understand the science of climate change before they can translate it into a simple, easy-to-understand language and disseminate reports to the public. Moreover, from a global perspective, the experiences of vulnerable communities may aid other communities and governments in trying to mitigate the impacts of climate change, which highlights the international role of media professionals.

In order to assist more journalists and journalism students in understanding the science of climate change, as well as to improve reporting from environmental, social, economic, political, technological and other angles, UNESCO Bangkok in collaboration with the British Embassy Bangkok is organizing a workshop on climate change reporting in early December. The same goals have inspired UNESCO to launch the new guidebook for journalists “Getting the Message Across: Reporting on Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific.”

The workshop is intended to help practising journalists, student journalists, editors and others reporting on climate change in Thailand to best convey scientific data on the subject as well as to identify misinformation that circulates on social media and elsewhere. Independent journalists have a unique position to empower themselves, to enhance communication between governments, scientific communities and people, find better local solutions for global problems, and jointly pursue sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.

WHAT: Communication Workshop on Climate Change Reporting
WHEN: Tuesday 3 December 2019
WHERE: Bliston Suwan Park View Hotel, Soi Ton Son, Pathumwan, Bangkok
WHO: Participants of morning session (8.30-11.30) will include young journalists and journalism students. Afternoon session (13.00-16.30) will be for professional journalists, media personnel, and government.
ORGANIZERS: The workshop is organized by the British Embassy Bangkok and UNESCO Bangkok Office, Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education

If you are interested to attend the event, please register via email with marisa.vorapruck@fco.gov.uk no later than Friday 29 November 2019 and kindly indicate the session that you wish to attend.

Agenda:

Morning:
8.30-9.00              Registration
9.00-9.15              Opening remarks by representatives from UNESCO Bangkok and the British Embassy
9.15-9.45              Session 1: The essentials about climate change
9.45-10.00           Coffee break
10.00-11.30         Session 2: Reporting on climate change  

Afternoon:
13.00-13.30         Registration
13.30-13.45         Opening remark by the representative from the British Embassy
13.45-14.15         Session 1: The essentials about climate change
14.15-14.30         Coffee break
14.30-16.00         Session 2: Reporting on climate change
16.00-16.30         Tips for climate change reporting and raising public awareness