Media workers embark on climate change project

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The Association of Caribbean MediaWorkers (ACM) on Friday commenced the first phase of a project to produce a climate change handbook for Caribbean journalists that brings contemporary science and public policy to the fore.

The project is funded by UNESCO and brings together journalists from around the region and a team of eminent consultants. It includes a series of two workshops and stakeholder consultations from a wide variety of disciplines.

“We are immensely grateful to UNESCO for supporting our most critical project this year. Climate Change severely affects so many aspects of our lives. We in the region are acutely aware of its far reaching impact on the environment, food security and the increased frequency and intensity of storms. Journalists need to understand the science behind it and how to accurately report it,” ACM President Anika Kentish said.

She also expressed gratitude to the Environment Department in St John’s for hosting the one-day talks

Climate change expert Steve Maximay, who is the ACM’s Science Advisor, is coordinating the project. He is working alongside climate scientist Dr Dale Rankine and ACM executive member Wesley Gibbings who serves as Chief Editor. 

Friday’s exercise takes the form of a brainstorming exercise with 10 journalists from several islands from around the region, including host country Antigua & Barbuda.