Famed television journalist Bill Moyers and Mongabay editor Glenn Scherer recently penned an article in The Nation calling for better climate coverage by the media, which was then republished widely. The result was the launch of Covering Climate Now, a project aimed at breaking the “climate silence” that has been common in much of the mainstream news.
Co-founded by The Nation and the Columbia Journalism Review in partnership with The Guardian, Covering Climate Now will kickstart a conversation among journalists about how news outlets of all kinds can better report on this critical issue. As one of the many media outlets involved, Mongabay will be publishing one climate change story a day from September 16 until September 23, the first day of the Climate Action Summit hosted by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in New York City. At that meeting, the world’s governments will submit plans to meet the Paris Agreement’s pledge to keep global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius.
Mongabay was among the first media outlets to add its name to this virtual media event, which is now 170 publications strong, making it one of the most ambitious media campaigns in history. Mongabay will also have reporters at the subsequent UN event, so our climate coverage will continue during that week. A special Mongabay podcast airing on September 3 will preview the UN event with one of America’s most prominent climate activists, Reverend Lennox Yearwood, President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, so please watch for that or subscribe to the Mongabay Newscast via your podcast provider of choice.
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