A general view of the Valenzuela Solar Farm in Valenzuela City, Metro Manila, Philippines, on April 30, 2021. Photo: IMF Photo/Lisa Marie David.

How newsrooms in the Philippines can report climate change effectively

Climate stories remain underreported in the Philippines. When newsrooms tackle climate issues, it’s always because of an intense weather disturbance battering the country. But it’s common knowledge that climate change is more than the weather. Climate change also affects the whole ecosystem and the key sectors of agriculture, forestry, infrastructure, health, livestock, mining, industry, tourism, water, and energy. 

On a daily basis, Filipinos are informed about the horrors of the pandemic through intensive news coverage and a daily death counter. Despite the climate crisis being on the Philippines’ doorstep – why can’t newsrooms do the same thing for climate change?

That is why Climate Tracker, in partnership with Oxfam Pilipinas, brought together Filipino environmental journalists and climate advocates; with the aim of breaking down how newsrooms can report about climate change effectively. 

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Journalists who participated in the discussion: 

Ted Aldwin Ong, Alfredo Ruzol, Mark Z. Saludes, Ryan Christopher J. Sorote, Elmer V. Recuerdo, Gaea Katreena Cabico, Joel Contrivida, and Yas Ocampo.

Editors:

Reynald Ramirez, Jose Torres Jr, Jonathan de Santos, Francis Allan Angelo, H. Marcos C. Mordeno, and Elmer N. Manuel.

Experts:

Atty. Tony La Viña, Atty. Gia Ibay, and Dr. Laurice Jamero.