25 August 2021
Climate change threatens to reverse many of the development gains that Asia and the Pacific region have made. This is an increasingly important issue for journalists to cover, in order to provide open discussion and access to information for a local response. For journalists in the region, coverage of climate change is of great benefit. At the local level, it can save lives, formulate plans, change policy and empower people to make informed choices. Through informed reporting, journalists can shed a light on the wealth of activities that people are already undertaking to prepare for climate change. On an international level, it can bring Asia Pacific stories to global audiences and help encourage the rich and powerful countries, their citizens and the companies based there, to act in solidarity with climate vulnerable communities.Getting the Message Across, Reporting on Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific: A Handbook for Journalists has been customized for journalists to tell the climate change story specific to the region. It explores the essential aspects of climate change, including its injustices to vulnerable communities, especially women and girls and least developed countries, and provides examples of best practices and stories of hope unique to the region. It can be used as a resource for journalists to understand the science of climate change, as well as helping journalists to improve their reporting of the environmental, social, economic ̧ political, technological and other angles of the story.