Thanks in part to our generous donors from Global Giving, Internews’ Earth Journalism (EJN) is ramping up for the climate change negotiations in Mexico later this year. EJN has awarded Beverly Natividad of the Philippines a fellowship to receive environmental journalism training, support and access to the UN’s COP16. She details below what the fellowship means to her as professional journalists from a developing country.
Beverly Natividad - “I am confident that the fellowship experience will help me communicate climate change issues better to Filipinos. With very little participation and voice in the international scene, Filipinos in general never see much value in multilateral talks. But, climate change issues are different. While a small country like the Philippines may have contributed so little to the problem, it is reeling the most from its effects and stands to suffer the most from apathy. I am trying to change this local view. I am hoping that relating to journalists from other countries and seeing how climate negotiations are done in an international arena will widen my own perspective on local issues, and improve my stories in general.
I couldn't be thankful enough for the opportunity to attend the fellowship again this year. Attending Copenhagen last year opened me up to a whole new set of information, perspectives, skills, resources, and experiences that I certainly would not have received while covering climate change issues close to home or reading about it in the wires. The experience improved my skills as a reporter and has benefited my media house.
Having covered Copenhagen, and seeing its lamentable end, I felt as if the story wasn't over yet. Among daily reporters (and our editors), we always discuss story follow-ups since stories are always unfolding and new angles are unraveling. Covering COP16 is one big follow-up for me - albeit a year later. Since Copenhagen did not give any closure, I am most looking forward to this year's climate summit to provide answers to questions that were left hanging. I also want to see how the multilateral climate talks will change (if at all) moving forward, especially after its loopholes were exposed in Copenhagen. I am going into the coverage knowing that no deal may come out of this year's talks (based on a recent pronouncement by [Secretary-General of United Nations] Ban Ki-Moon) but I think it will be worth the trip to see how climate financing for developing countries will finally get on its way.”
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