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ICRC Holds Workshop for Journalists on Climate ChangeLNU News

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Islamabad: Climate Change experts and journalists highlight the need for clean, nature-based solutions to the problem of climate change and the need to sensitize journalists to promote responsible reporting on the impacts of climate change.

These issues were discussed and discussed in a workshop organized for journalists entitled “Reporting on Climate Change: Making the Unseen”, on 2-3 August 2022 by The Center for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) .

Centered on building the technical knowledge and skills of journalists, the aim of this workshop is to promote responsible and inclusive reporting on the way climate change is happening locally. Climate change is closely linked to local patterns of inequality and those who are already marginalized or in vulnerable situations face a disproportionate impact from this crisis.

Veteran journalist and lead trainer for the workshop, Shahzeb Jillani said, “It is very important for us to put local communities at the center of our stories and highlight genuine impacts of climate change that are not in mainstream media coverage”,

The workshop was attended by 13 print, broadcast and digital journalists from various media organizations and featured an expert session by Malik Amin Aslam, former Minister of Climate Change, Dr. Nausheen Anwar, Director of Karachi Urban Lab, Sardar Sarfaraz, Head of Meteorology at Pakistan Met Department, Dr. Sher Muhammad, Glacier Expert at ICIMOD, and Maaz Tanveer, Head of Communications for HANDS Pakistan.

Former Minister of Climate Change, Malik Amin Aslam when commenting on the need for a consolidated national response to climate change said, “We have turned a park city into a concrete city. Too many policies and implementations are negligent. We need to move towards clean, nature-based solutions to this crisis.”

This workshop allows participants to learn more about climate change science, disaster risk reduction and management, global climate change politics and science, and the progress of national governments’ responses to these phenomena.

Experts warn of the life-changing consequences of inaction on climate change and urge journalists to link climate science to local priorities. “If we don’t control an average temperature of 1.5 degrees by the end of the century, two-thirds of our glaciers will be gone, which has no replacement,” said Glacier Expert at ICIMOD, Dr. Sher.

The workshop is part of the ICRC’s larger humanitarian reporting initiative in Pakistan. Initiated in collaboration with CEJ in 2017, this is a comprehensive training project that aims to instill a culture of responsible reporting on humanitarian issues through a series of thematic workshops, annual humanitarian reporting awards and scholarships.

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