Climate Change in Africa: A Guidebook for Journalists

| November 2, 2015

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In 1945, the United Nations created its Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, known as UNESCO, in order to respond to the conviction that political and economic agreements alone are not enough to build a lasting peace, and that peace must be established on the basis of humanity’s moral and intellectual solidarity.

Research on the general public’s understanding of climate change as well as surveys of journalists find that African media can do more to tell the story of climate change. UNESCO produced Climate Change in Africa: A Guidebook for Journalists to help fill this important gap.

The book responds to a very real need in African reporting on climate change. Climate change poses a clear danger to lives and livelihoods across Africa. Journalists in Africa have a critical role to play in explaining the causes and effects of climate change, in describing what countries and communities can do to adapt to the impacts, and in reporting what governments and companies do, or do not do, to respond to these threats.

The authors of this guide represent organizations that have trained hundreds of journalists around the world to report more effectively on climate change. They consulted 38 climate change specialists as well as 44 journalists from 17 African countries. The specialists and journalists offer their insights into what is missing from African media coverage of climate change and on how this book can help fill those gaps.

To download the document, go to: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0022/002254/225451e.pdf

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