Climate Tracker

Published: February 13, 2024

Topic: Stories

Three Content Creators Hub Cycle 2 Fellows share their reflections from the 3-day in-person workshop in Manila last January

Learning from co-fellows and mentors

Mukhriz, Malaysia

Personally, the workshop’s standout aspect was the people – the mentors and fellow participants. Connecting with individuals from different countries and forming new friendships was the highlight of my experience. The exchange of stories and experiences added immense value to the overall journey. I thoroughly enjoyed the warm hospitality in Manila, especially the hotel and the food!

Me at Fort Santiago with the Binondo-Intramuros bridge in the background after the workshop ended .Our favourite fellow, Bricx, took on the role of a fantastic tourist guide.

It hit me why my meals were always different. Turns out, I requested for the lactose free food and I totally forgot about this 😂

The trip to the Manila Observatory was an eye-opener for me. It made me realize just how vital these research facilities are, especially when it comes to tackling climate change. It’s clear that these institutions play a key role in helping a country navigate the challenges of climate change, and it’s something we all need to appreciate and support.

Entering the building got me really pumped. Before heading to Manila, I tried Googling it, but I was still kinda fuzzy on what it was all about.

The mentors really helped me figure out how to curate my content for social media. Their insights were spot-on, guiding me to find my unique style and voice. I learned a lot about engaging with my audience and refining my storytelling. Thanks to their advice, I feel like my content creation has improved!

Allowing space for creative freedom

Anggi, Indonesia

It’s only February, but I’m sure flying to Manila to participate in the Climate Tracker Content Creators Hub would be one of the highlights of my 2024. It was such a heartwarming and enriching experience, to spend time and share ideas with fellow communicators. I truly learned a lot during the four-day workshop, not only from our cool mentors, but also from the fellows who have such bright ideas and amazing talent!

During a session on Multimedia Storytelling for Climate by Celine Murillo.

Fellows coming together to create a short video

I have been working in the science communication field for more than eight years, and honestly it can be pretty daunting. It started with my love for storytelling and after a few years, I found myself doing more meetings with stakeholders and scientists, writing-up strategy and documents rather than writing up stories. Sure, both are important in their own right, but being in the workshop truly feels like going back to my roots. It reminds me why I love being a communicator in the first place.

I am also thankful that the program allowed me to develop a series about war and climate change, and gave me a space to create something beyond the boundaries of the institution where I work. I’m nervous to see how it plays out, but also excited as both climate change and justice are topics that are dear to my heart. The bootcamp reminds me of one of the basic principles when doing communication work: talk to people, then you’ll find your idea grows.

Aside from the boot camp for our project, one of the most memorable moments was our field trip to Manila Observatory. It’s so inspiring to see how science and policy-making go hand-in-hand, bringing impact to the people. It’s truly refreshing to see that those elements work together rather than being busy in their own silos. And to see it happening in the Philippines, a fellow ASEAN country that shares many historical similarities and social context with Indonesia, makes me optimistic it is also attainable in my home country.

Fieldtrip to the Manila Observatory

Thank you Climate Tracker for this opportunity! Can’t wait to see everyone’s project coming together!

Leaning into purpose

Bricx, the Philippines

Remember the time when the teacher always begins the class by asking, “How are you today?” and you find yourself pondering your current state. Then you glance at the person beside you, wondering how they are doing.

That’s what the host always did during our 3-day Content Creators Hub in-person workshop.

I find myself falling silent when she asks this because I am still not quite sure why I was there — in a room full of award-winning journalists and storytellers.

During the application I had no idea what to expect from this fellowship. Because when we say, “content creation,” negativity immediately comes to mind, at least for me.

But in those three days, the meaning of “content creation” changed. The three days of the workshop felt like being a student, perhaps one of those experiences we often take for granted.

During the individual Peer mentoring where fellows get a chance to hear from both mentors and their co-fellows

From entering a quiet room, feeling nervous and unfamiliar, ‘til graduation day, and you find yourself asking, “What’s next from here?”

As time goes by, you get to know your classmates little by little. Your similarities and differences, and how to say different curse words in different languages (HAHAHAHA).

After a few days in class, you’ll come to the point of the thesis defense. There’s a panel, but they’re not there to criticize your work. They’re there to help you improve. They support your ideas and motivate you because the need of allies is important in this fight for climate justice.

Then suddenly, graduation day arrives.

After spending three days with these multi-talented, award-winning people from the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia, it’s time to say goodbye and look forward to what they’ll produce or become in the future.

Took my co-fellows (and a mentor!) around Luneta and Intramuros post-workshop

Being a journalist is not an easy task. What more if a journalist pivots to content creation and tackles issues about climate?

Before the workshop ended, the host posed the familiar question once more, “How are you today?” I replied confidently, “Before the workshop, I wasn’t really sure where I’m going, but now I know what to do.”

I will end this reflection like what school speeches always do. It either ends with a lyric from a song or a quote haha!

In the song Fast Car by Tracy Chapman, she envisioned herself that she had the feeling that she belonged. She had the feeling that she could be someone.

During the workshop, I felt that I belonged with the people of the same interests and topics, and ofcourse as of this writing, I’m still thinking If I can be someone.

Maybe someone who talks about climate?