The 15 Earth Journalism Awards winners received their awards in the Danish Radio Hall in Copenhagen on the eve of the COP15 high level negotiations from key figures on climate and environmental issues, including Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland; Marina Silva, the former environment minister of Brazil; and Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International.
The Global Public Award, determined by thousands of online voters, went to "The Route of Smoke," a multimedia report by Brazilian journalists Andreia Fanzeres and Cristiane Prizibisczki, who documented how customary farming practices that contribute to the country's emissions are clashing with new methods for responsible agriculture.
"If we are to have any hope of reversing the effects of climate change, then we have a monumental task of educating the six billion people on our planet about how climate change works and what they can do to help," Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri said. "The media is critical in this effort, since just one reporter has the ability to reach thousands, even millions, of people. These awards help to expand and honour these vitally important efforts."
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This report was broadcast on Alsat-M news in both Macedonian and Albanian. It focuses on two themes: adaptation to climate change and irrigation. This report highlights how people can adapt to the effects of climate change by embracing new ideas: the villagers of Negorci, near the Macedonian town of Gjevgelia, are experimenting with the farming of tropical fruits as the temperatures are raising in the region. But the report also shows the problems related to irrigation, today and possibly in the next 50 years in Macedonia.