Climate Leaders Honor Reporters at Internews Earth Journalism Awards
From Nearly 1,000 Reports Across the Globe, 15 Win Awards in Copenhagen
COPENHAGEN (December 14, 2009) - Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri and Internews, the international media development organization, celebrated the best in climate change reporting at the Internews Earth Journalism Awards in Copenhagen.
Among the presenters were key figures on climate and environmental issues, including Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland; Marina Silva, the former environment minister of Brazil; and award-winning Chinese movie star Li Bingbing, who is also the Global Ambassador for WWF's Earth Hour.
"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," Dr. 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."
Paris, November 10, 2009 - Internews, the international NGO that works to empower local media worldwide, announced the fifteen winners of the Earth Journalism Awards today, and opened the online public voting to find the winner of a sixteenth prize. The finalists were selected out of some 900 journalists, bloggers and young creatives from 148 countries who registered to send in their best climate change reports from 2009 in the lead up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen next month.
"The Earth Journalism Awards were established to boost climate change coverage in this critical year leading up to Copenhagen, and to highlight the efforts of journalists reporting on this challenging subject around the world," says James Fahn, Internews' Global Director of Environmental Program. "We were overwhelmed by the tremendous response we received, and would like to thank the hundreds of journalists who entered their stories for participating."
Winning stories include: a compelling account from Pakistan of how a small coastal community is responding to the multiple challenges that climate change is already posing them; a multi-media investigation on the use and effects of fire in the Amazon; and a business report from East Africa on how Kenyan companies are missing out on the growing global carbon credits market. They were chosen through a process involving a globe-spanning, independent jury that involved over 100 media and climate change experts.
"As a member of the Earth Journalism Awards' international jury, it is a pleasure to see the depth of coverage from around the world for this important subject," says Nadia El Awady, President of the World Federation of Science Journalists. "We need to support these journalists however we can in their efforts to inform the public and policy-makers, and this awards program is a wonderful way to give them both practical support and more recognition."
Barcelona, November 6th 2009
Internews, the global media assistance organisation, today announces a new partnership with the World Bank around one of the largest media initiatives of the international climate change negotiations - the Earth Journalism Awards.
The Earth Journalism Awards are designed to inspire, honour and support excellence in media coverage of climate change issues during this crucial year of international negotiations. Following the launch of the awards at the G8 Environment Ministers Meeting in Italy with the World Bank and the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, over 900 professional and citizen journalists from 148 countries registered for the opportunity to win one of the 15 regional or thematic awards and to cover the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
Under the new partnership, four parts of the World Bank - the Sustainable Development, the World Development Report Team, the Social Development Department and External Affairs - will all be working with Internews to ensure that the Earth Journalism Awards meet their potential in highlighting key human and economic aspects of climate change.
Internews - the global media assistance NGO and organizer of the Earth Journalism Awards - is pleased to announce that the 'Climate Change & Forests Award' is to be given in association with The Global Canopy Programme, an alliance of 37 scientific institutions in 19 countries, which lead the world in forest canopy research, education and conservation.
"For decades, the CO2 emissions caused by deforestation were the elephant in the living room of climate change - a huge problem that was not given its due importance in the international negotiations" says Andrew Mitchell, Founder and Director of the Global Canopy Programme, "With a mechanism for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) now poised to be agreed at December's UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen that has thankfully changed - but it was as recently as May 2007 that London's Independent newspaper blew the whistle on the destruction of the world's rainforests on its front page as 'the hidden cause of global warming'. Journalists will play an ever more vital role in bringing the complex issues related to effectively and equitably tackling deforestation to the fore as REDD and other monies start to flow in the coming years. We are delighted to be associated with the Internews Earth Journalism Awards."
Internews announced today that Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, the Indian climate change scientist who chairs the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, will co-host the Earth Journalism Awards ceremony in Copenhagen in December.
Dr. Pachauri is recognised as one of the world's greatest authorities on climate change. He is the director-general of The Energy and Resources Institute and has served as chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 2002.
"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. 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," Pachauri said.
So far, more than 600 applicants from 131 countries have registered online for the competition; 100 have already submitted their applications, which are due Sept. 7, an indication of the global interest the competition is generating.
Internews, the global media assistance organisation, opened the Earth Journalism Awards competition in June. Anyone, whether a professional journalist or citizen activist, may enter the competition.
Winners will be given the opportunity to cover the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this December, and receive support from Internews to report from COP15 for their home media. Winners will also attend the Earth Journalism Awards ceremony co-hosted by Dr. Pachauri.
Internews established the Earth Journalism Awards this year to encourage and celebrate the best coverage of climate change and the Copenhagen agenda.
Campaign Co-Founder Kofi Annan: "We Must End the Deathly Silence Around This Issue"
(August 5, 2009) - The global media development organization Internews today announced a partnership with the tcktcktck campaign, a movement backed by some of the world's most recognized political leaders and non government organisations, to ensure that those already affected by climate change are heard by governments negotiating at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this December.
"Today, millions of people are already suffering because of climate change," said Kofi Annan, President of the Global Humanitarian Forum, a tcktcktck founding partner. "Although developing countries did not cause the climate crisis, poor nations are suffering the most as unpredictable weather patterns and the increase in natural disasters affects access to food, water and shelter. We must end the deathly silence around this crisis because it is a major impediment for international action. Those helping raise awareness of the crisis through journalism should be praised for doing so, especially as December's international climate talks in Copenhagen approach."
The tcktcktck campaign is partnering with Internews for the Human Voices Award, one of seven major thematic awards of the Internews Earth Journalism Awards that will culminate in a high-profile ceremony in Copenhagen on the eve of the final negotiations. The Earth Journalism Awards have attracted approximately 600 registrations from over 125 countries since opening on World Environment Day, June 5.
On 30th July 2009 Bishkek hosted Kyrgyzstan’s premiere of the film “Home” and launched the Earth Journalism Awards in Kyrgyzstan.
Home is a result of the joint creative work of two masters - the world famous wildlife photographer Jan Artyuss-Bertrand and the cult film director Luc Besson. Over one and a half years shooting in more than 60 countries, the film charts the most beautiful corners of the planet at risk of destruction. Journalists, civil servants and representatives of environmental and international organizations came to see the film.
Before the screening, one of the organizers - the director of Media Commissioning Institute, Begaim Usenova - gave a speech explaining how the screening of the movie in Bishkek would never have been possible without the support of the Russian NGO Ecology and World, Internews and creative association Sunpeople.
She also noted the contribution that could be made by journalists in solving urgent problems portrayed by the film. “We hope that after viewing the film Home, journalists and bloggers will take more interest in the problems we have with the environment and will report on this issues better”, Ms Begaim said.
She also reported that on June 5, the global media assistance organisation, Internews, opened the Earth Journalism Awards (EJA). The EJA’s aim to encourage more and better climate change reporting in the lead up to the UN Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen this December. The competition will culminate in a high profile awards ceremony on December 14, held on the eve of the final negotiations. Winners will be invited to report from Copenhagen and attend the awards ceremony.
On behalf of the COP15 host nation, Ulla Tørnæs, Danish Minister of Development Cooperation, will hand out one of the most prestigious prizes of the Internews Earth journalism Awards at a high profile ceremony to be held during the Copenhagen Climate Negotiations. The Climate Change Adaptation Award will be presented by her to honour excellence in journalism that highlights efforts to adapt to climate change.
"It is crucial for nations around the world, their citizens and the media as a whole to grasp the need for adaptation and behaviour change in the face of climate change, and to embrace efforts made to minimize its effects that use the best of our ingenuity. We are supporting this award in order to inspire further efforts and to show that development itself can be the way for our societies to meet the challenge of adaptation. On behalf of the COP15 host nation, I therefore encourage professional and citizen journalists from the developed and developing world to share with us powerful and inspiring stories of adaptation."
The focus of the winning story can be on any scale, from the personal level to communities, cities, countries, regions or even globally.
The Earth Journalism Awards have already attracted a major response from the media community with journalists from over 120 countries registering two months ahead of the deadline for entries. They have also generated the support of variety of partners including the World Bank and the global youth broadcaster, MTV International.
For more information and to apply for the award visit the Climate Change Adaptation Award page.
The deadline for all submissions is September 7, 2009 (12pm, Paris time, GMT+2).
(June 22 2009) Internews and MTV announce the launch of the MTV Positive Change Award on creative multimedia coverage of climate change.
Any young person between the ages of 18 and 28, who is passionate about climate change, is invited to apply to a special category of the Earth Journalism Awards specifically designed by MTV and Internews for young creatives.
The winner of the MTV Positive Change Award will be honoured at a high-profile awards ceremony at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this December and will be supported by a production team from Internews to cover the pivotal negotiations for youth audiences around the world.
"Transforming our lifestyles in order to reduce the threat of climate change requires a combination of vision, commitment and innovation" says Paul Smith, Regional Creative Director, Europe, Africa & Middle East Ogilvy and Mather. "The MTV Positive Change Award is an opportunity for youth around the world to display these qualities through a creative competition that Ogilvy and the advertising community will be following closely."
Since the announcement of the Earth Journalism Awards at the G8 Environment Ministers Meeting in Italy on Earth Day, April 22nd, journalists and bloggers from over 115 countries have signed up for the opportunity to be at the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen. The MTV Positive Change Award gives one highly creative young adult a chance to have their work showcased on the eve of the final negotiations.
Earth Journalism Awards to Culminate at Pivotal Copenhagen Conference
(June 5 2009) Internews, the global media assistance organisation, opened the Earth Journalism Awards on World Environment Day today with a call to professional and citizen journalists around the world to enter their best reporting on climate change. Winners will be flown to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen this December, where they will cover these pivotal negotiations and be honoured at a high-profile awards ceremony.
The first 100 journalists have now registered for the Earth Journalism Awards with a significant proportion of registrants coming from Sub-Saharan Africa. Over 50 journalists signed up within hours of the announcement of the awards at the G8 Environment Ministers' Meeting in Siracusa, Italy at a Communications Roundtable organised by the World Bank and the Government of Italy. Analysis of the registrants reveals strong participation from key developing world regions, with Sub-Saharan Africa accounting for 24% of the registrations, followed by North America, Europe and Australia (19%), South Asia (16%), Eurasia 12%, Middle East and North Africa (10%) East Asia and Pacific (10%), Latin America and the Caribbean (9%).
'Within five days of announcing the awards we are delighted to have such a good spread from those developing world regions where our research shows that the issue of climate change and what is up for negotiation in Copenhagen is subject to the least media coverage and to the least public debate' says Agathe Dalisson of Internews and Earth Journalism Awards Project Director. 'We are urging journalists from the G8 economies to participate in the awards, and they are clearly registering. The initial response from the media community to the announcement at the Siracusa G8 also suggests that the Awards are on track to focus media attention where it is greatly needed - in the developing world.'
The global media assistance organisation Internews today announced the creation of the Earth Journalism Awards for climate change reporting at a round table on communication at the G8 Environment Ministers' Meeting in Siracusa, Italy. Designed to increase and improve media coverage of climate change around the world, the competition will culminate with a ceremony at the pivotal United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen this December.
"Today on Earth Day we are announcing the Earth Journalism Awards that will support journalism that is more balanced and more environmentally aware," said H.E. Stefania Prestigiacomo, Italy's Minister of Environment and President of the G8 Environment Ministers Meeting. "Such journalism can make us all more responsible towards our environment."
Also featured in remarks by Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, in her Earth Day speech at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., the Earth Journalism Awards will honor journalists in all media formats and from different global regions who produce the best climate change stories this year. Winners will be selected by expert international juries and invited to attend and cover the Copenhagen Conference, where they will receive their awards in a high profile ceremony on the eve of the political negotiations.