In times of crisis, public interest journalism is sought-after and highly valuable. And make no mistake, the climate is a crisis, says a new EBU report
Media organisations have an ‘ethical’ duty to inspire and mobilise readers to take action on climate, according to a new report by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
The ‘Climate Journalism That Works: between knowledge and impact’ paper is a qualitative study with 40 news leaders, researchers and experts around the world. Its key question is: how should climate change coverage be managed?
It suggests that the goal of climate journalism should be nothing less than helping to fulfil the Paris Agreement created in 2015. This legally binding treaty was adopted by 196 parties who set out to limit global warming to 1.5°C and for greenhouse gas emissions to peak before 2025 at the latest and decline 43 per cent by 2030.