While we’re yet to see where the discussions and the progress on the implementation of COP26’s Glasgow Climate Pact leads us, we do have an idea of what the COP26 journey was like for the Global South. This is thanks to our team of young journalists who reported live and in-person on the climate summit.
Here we’re happy to share with you our power-packed team of 7 Asian journalists! This is a roundup of some of the best stories from across Asia.
John is the Deputy Executive Director of Living Laudato Si’ Philippines and a member of the interim Secretariat of Aksyon Klima Pilipinas. He’s been representing the Philippines and civil society in regional and global UN climate and environmental conferences since 2017. As a citizen journalist, he’s written on climate and environmental issues for global and national media platforms since 2016. John earned his MS Atmospheric Science degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2018.
Explaining COP26: Why it matters for Filipinos. Philippines committed to 75 percent emissions cuts within the current decade. However, almost all of this target is ‘conditional’, meaning that foreign financial and technological support is required for their implementation.
If not eating, reading or writing, she must be scraping waste to work on some shabby DIY project. She lives a minimalist life, speaks Hindi, Bangla, English, and has been a beginner level Spanish and Italian speaker for over 2 years, with little success.
She has also won seven local, regional, and international press awards, the most recent is the covering climate now award for 2021.
Do Thuy Trang graduated Cum Laude from Drexel University, United States with a Bachelor degree in Psychology in 2016. After coming back to her home country – Vietnam, she continued to study and earned a bachelor degree in Lesgislative Law at Hanoi Law University in 2021. Since 2017, she has worked as a reporter for Vietnam Law Newspaper – a press agency under the Ministry of Justice. She is a prolific and diligent writer, covering various issues such as environment, culture, transportation, tourism.
Businesses need to act on eliminating plastic waste. If plastic production is kept at the current rate, to solve the accumulated GHG will consume 10-13% of the entire remaining carbon budget of the world. This share is projected to increase the global carbon budget by more than 50% by 2100.
Empowering youth to make climate ‘promise’. An important content negotiated at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change 2021 (COP26) is the empowerment of young people and communities. Global youth are making efforts to fulfill the “promise” to the climate, and Vietnamese youth are no exception to that trend.
Made is a data journalist who strives to integrate research, communication and development economics to advocate policies. He has won 5 journalism awards and is among the five winners that won Best Article for the 2020 EU4Wartawan Competition organized by the European Union.
Vaishnavi Rathore, 25, is from India. She is currently living in New Delhi, but has a family that moved a lot while she was growing up. That gave her the chance to live all across the country—in deserts of Rajasthan, the Himalayas, fertile plains of Punjab, and more.
For a little over a year, she has been working as an Environment Associate with The Bastion, a young development journalism organisation that focuses on coverage of environment, education, sports, and more recently on tech and health.
As India Announces Carbon Neutrality by 2070, Let’s Talk About the Elephant in the Room—Coal. India announced that it will reach carbon neutrality by 2070, and other renewable energy targets by 2030. But as India joins many other countries in doing so, the elephant in the room needs to be addressed—what would the roadmap to transitioning from coal to renewable sources of energy look like in India, and what should be prioritised to make this transition just for all the stakeholders involved?
Yiyao is a committed young professional with experience in journalism and development. She learned about dislocation and communication barriers through her work in China, Japan, and countries with fragile infrastructures, such as the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, where she witnessed the adverse effects of climate change. Besides climate stories, she covers migration and contemporary art. Yiyao is now studying at Hertie School in Berlin.
Outside of the COP26 echo chamber, what kind of climate action do young people need? The journalist draws an analogy between the big “chamber” of COP26 where world leaders, youth activists and business representatives gather together, with a Chinese young people’s network – 706. 706 is a salon taking place in a living room shared voluntarily by Chinese young people living overseas. From one “chamber” to the “chamber” of our shared space.
Bangkok-based journalist covering environmental stories from policymaking table to the the river bank communities. Nicha believes everybody deserves to know what’s going on with their life and how the changing climate is affecting us all. She sees that it’s time people know about the global negotiations and how they will impact on the local scale.