About Climate Tracker

Climate Tracker (CT) is an international non-profit organization, aiming to support, train and incentivize better climate journalism globally. We believe in the power of journalism, but recognize that many young journalists don’t have the training, resources or support to identify and tell the climate stories they want to. We also recognize that this challenge is often greatest in the countries hardest hit by climate change.

Founded in 2015, Climate Tracker has had a consistent presence across Asia. Since then, we have engaged thousands of young Asian journalists through our combination of practically applied training, innovative media research, and locally focused grant opportunities.

In 2019, to bolster a stronger position in the region, Climate Tracker registered as a non-profit organization in the Philippines. Today, Climate Tracker continues to expand in Asia by working with local and global partners to improve the quality and quantity of climate journalism in the region.

Provide training and fellowships for young journalists around the world to tell better climate stories locally.

Conduct action-oriented media research to better understand the biggest challenges, trends, and obstacles to powerful climate reporting around the world.

Fund young journalists to report on the world’s most pressing issues and cover the world’s biggest moments, UN negotiations and conferences.

Support global collaborations between young climate journalists, newsrooms and NGOs around the world.

Our Mission

Our mission is to support, train and incentivize young journalists in developing countries to tell better climate stories.

Our Model

  • Provide training and fellowships for young journalists around the world to tell better climate stories locally
  • Conduct action-oriented media research to better understand the biggest challenges, trends, and obstacles to powerful climate reporting around the world

  • Fund young journalists to report on the world’s most pressing issues and cover the world’s biggest moments, UN negotiations and conferences
  • Support global collaborations between young climate journalists, newsrooms and NGOs around the world

Our Mission

Our mission is to support, train and incentivise young journalists in developing countries to tell better climate stories.

Our Model

  • Provide training and fellowships for young journalists around the world to tell better climate stories locally
  • Conduct action-oriented media research to better understand the biggest challenges, trends, and obstacles to powerful climate reporting around the world
  • Fund young journalists to report on the world’s most pressing issues and cover the world’s biggest moments, UN negotiations and conferences
  • Support global collaborations between young climate journalists, newsrooms and NGOs around the world

Our Core Values

At Climate Tracker, we want to support better climate journalism around the world. To achieve that, our core values include:

Our History

Climate Tracker was founded in 2015, and has delivered cutting edge training, innovative media campaigns, and supported incredibly talented teams of young reporters around the world ever since.

The organisation was founded in the lead-up to the Paris Climate talks, but the idea was born years before. In 2009, a global coalition of climate-focused NGOs called the GCCA, believed that innovative young climate bloggers might be able to influence their national negotiators at the UN climate talks. This idea was known as Adopt a Negotiator.

The Adopt a Negotiator became an infamous element of the annual UN climate talks, pushing the boundaries of climate reporting at the time. Its reporters influenced front-page stories around the world, and supported dozens of powerful young reporters between 2009 and 2015.

After co-managing the Adopt a Negotiator project for 2 years alongside Joshua Wiese, Chris Wright wanted to build on this success, and create a global platform to support young climate journalists around the world. That is how Climate Tracker was born.

Since then, Climate Tracker has engaged more than 15,000 young journalists with fellowships, opportunities, and training around the world. Our network of journalists have published articles across more than 114 countries and in 24 different languages.

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Our Team

Biena Magbitang
Biena Magbitang
Regional Director

Became the youngest news manager in a media giant in Manila. Has produced documentaries on Climate Change, Sustainability and Disaster Risk Reduction recognized by international award-giving bodies. Working from the Philippines. Also speaks Filipino.

Gaea Katreena Cabico
Gaea Katreena Cabico
Journalism Mentor

A young journalist based in the Philippines. Writes about the planet and its people. Believes that EXO is the best K-pop group. Also speaks Filipino.

Jom Daclan
Jom Daclan
Operations Manager

Has been working in the non-profit sector for over two decades, primarily on projects related to urban resilience and environmental management. Loves to run, on roads and trails. Based in the Philippines. Speaks English and Filipino.

Agnes Saycon
Agnes Saycon
Finance Manager

Has now managed funds across more than 65 countries and grants from every continent. Queen of Climate Tracker’s Karaoke competitions. Working from the Philippines. Also speaks Tagalog and Visayan.

Chris Wright
Chris Wright
Managing Director

Amateur Ultra Runner, Perpetually “learning Python”, Professional Coffee Drinker. Australian working from Borneo. Also speaks Malay and Spanish.

Aishwaryaa Kunwar
Aishwaryaa Kunwar
Communications Manager

A multimedia journalist, video producer and a creative communications professional. Passionate about impactful storytelling, Aishwaryaa focusses on gender, culture, sustainability and human interest stories. She is a keen explorer of digital media, a learner of feminism and advocates for intersectionality. Based in India.

Kharishar Kahfi
Kharishar Kahfi
Journalism Mentor – Indonesia

Kharishar, or Kuka, is a journalist working for the only English-languaged newspaper in Indonesia. Mostly write about science and the environment. He can be found in the laundry room or holding video game controllers and comic books during his day offs. Also speaks Indonesian.

Ushar Daniele
Ushar Daniele
Journalism Mentor – Malaysia

For over a decade, Ushar has covered her home region of Southeast Asia as a producer and has displayed remarkable reporting skills on and off the camera with bylines on regional and international news outlets. When she isn’t busy asking tough questions, you can find her camping out in the woods with her two dogs, Spank and Luna.

Robbin Dagle
Robbin Dagle
Copy Editor

A researcher, educator, and freelance journalist interested in religion, human rights, and the environment. Faith, the blue seas, and great company keep me sane. Works from the Philippines. Also speaks Filipino and Bisaya.

Celine Murillo
Celine Murillo
Fellowship Coordinator

Lives (and will die) in the Philippines. Worships the forest. Believes Indigenous peoples are the greatest teachers next to Nature. Also speaks Tagalog, Bicolano, and a bit of Bisaya-Cebuano.