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."
Take a look at the links below to find out everything you need to know about the Earth Journalism Awards and the Global Public Vote:
Trash is Cash, written by Lilian Tende, who will be coming to Copenhagen to accept the award on behalf of the group, is the most recent song performed by Wafalme. The core idea behind this song is to highlight the problems that climate change is causing in people's daily lives. Acute water shortages and a lack of renewable energy sources make life hard across Kenya. “When we sit back and consider the significant events in the past, the important aspects of our current life, and our future goals, we realize that the underlying theme is not only education (personal and environmental), but also appreciating diversity, especially across ethnic and socio-economic class lines.” Lilian Tende, Wafalme