Report on climate change in the global South

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Climate change is a global issue, but its effects are most severe in the Global South. Journalists in these regions play a crucial role in reporting on the crisis and its impact on people’s lives.

In Paraguay, digital news outlet El Surtidor focuses on land distribution and its impact on climate change. The newsroom assigned one of its four journalists to specialize in climate issues and worked to broaden its coverage by connecting the impacts of climate change to the lives of its audiences.

In Indonesia, Katadata reporter Rezza Aji Pratama is tackling environmental issues through a business lens. Pratama, whose reporting focuses on the private sector rather than individuals, believes that documenting how communities and organizations can reduce destructive behaviors or protect the environment can appeal to news audiences.

Report on climate change in the global South

Both Pratama and El Surti’s Acuña agree that “disaster porn” doesn’t work. Instead, they focus on reporting on the root causes of climate change and the solutions available.

Here are some highlights of their work:

Make climate change coverage accessible and engaging. Use visual journalism, infographics and other storytelling tools to make a personal connection with your audience.
Focus on solutions. Don’t just report on the problem; highlight what communities and organizations are doing to mitigate climate change and build resilience.
Focus on the voices of those most affected. Provide a platform for those who are experiencing the effects of climate change firsthand.
Hold the powerful accountable. Investigate the role of business and government in climate change and demand action.
By following these principles, journalists in the Southern Hemisphere can help raise awareness of the climate crisis and inspire action.

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