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 recognise 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 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 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.

Rio Tuasikal
Rio Tuasikal
Communications Manager

Has been a broadcast journalist for 7 years covering the environment and current affairs. Has started his career in Jakarta before being assigned to Washington DC and finishing his postgraduate studies in London. Currently working from Indonesia. Also speaks Indonesian.

Roana Mae Caguliodo
Roana Mae Caguliodo
Project Coordinator

National Youth Council Member of WWF-Philippines. Launched grassroots youth environmental programs in the SOCCSKSARGEN region. Recently produced an online youth environment summit for oceans in Mindanao, Visayas, and Luzon. Also speaks Bisaya and Tagalog.

Karina Langit Rinesti
Karina Langit Rinesti
Project Coordinator

A SciComm ally with an unbridled passion in any form of storytelling. A museum enthusiast whose works and dreams stand at the intersection of science, arts, culture, and history. Working from southern Central Java. Also speaks Indonesian, Javanese, and French.

Robbin Dagle
Robbin Dagle
Writer

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

Jonathan de Santos
Jonathan de Santos
Journalism Mentor

Chairperson of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines. Has been working in news for 13 years, six of those as editor for Phillstar.com. Also speaks Filipino.

Siew Lyn Wong
Siew Lyn Wong
Journalism Mentor

Has been producing content professionally for 30 years.Runs Macaranga, a Malaysia-based environmental journalism portal which she co-founded. Wishes she has the time to digitize her slide collection.

Kharishar Kahfi
Kharishar Kahfi
Journalism Mentor

Has been interested in science and journalism since he was a boy and combined those interests by reporting on environment and science issues for The Jakarta Post. Currently pursuing a Master’s degree in science journalism at New York University.

Kathryn Jedi Baylon
Kathryn Jedi Baylon
Copy Editor

Produces one of the major newscasts of the Philippines’ ABS-CBN News Channel. Local hoops and volleyball fan. Likes books. Enjoys reading human-interest stories. Believer.

Vaishnavi Rathore
Vaishnavi Rathore
Copy Editor

Vaishnavi Rathore is an environmental journalist based in India. She has been covering environment for The Bastion for the last three years, and her words are also found in Mongabay India, Behanbox, Climate Tracker, and IndiaSpend. When she is not sitting facing her laptop, Vaishnavi treks, swims, and most recently, started sailing.

Ashley Siagian
Ashley Siagian
Partnerships Manager

A Batak engineer with a passion in degrowth and energy sovereignty. She is from Yogyakarta, Indonesia and speaks Javanese, Indonesian, English, and French. Her primary hobby is adding too many chilis to any dish.

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.

Quimby Genota
Quimby Genota
Researcher

A research specialist and editor in a national government agency in the Philippines. Considers herself a polymer clay artist. Loves watching true-crime documentaries and drinking green tea with honey. Also speaks Filipino.

Yvonne Tan
Yvonne Tan
Researcher

A writer and researcher who loves eating butter chicken. Working from Malaysia. Also speaks Malay and some Cantonese.

Chris Wright
Chris Wright
Managing Director

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

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