Good news for all aspiring Climate Journalists and communicators out there! Climate Tracker is setting up a global series of journalism workshops, bringing international media experts and scientists to the table to teach you about the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of publishing on climate change issues.
Application Deadline: 6th August 2017
Eligible Countries: African countries. People from Nigeria and Egypt are urged to join the competition
To Be Taken At (Country): Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
About the Award: The workshop will be held in Addis Ababa at the end of August. Selected candidates will be attending 3 intense days of workshops, seminars and personal training from some of the best media trainers and climate communicators out there. By the end of this workshop, you will have become a more confident and effective climate change communicator.
What’s more: we are handing out up to 20 partial fellowships to join this workshop that will help you cover travel costs and accommodation, and you can win a place on that list by writing for the climate.
Your article in a nutshell:
Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa have been in a state of emergency for the last couple of years. Extreme droughts, desertification and political unrest are endangering the lives of millions, giving us a glimpse of the effects a shift in climate could have on the whole region when no action is taken.
Ethiopia is taking the threat of climate change seriously and is proving to be very ambitious in its plans to tackle its causes and effects: it is one of the few countries that was rated to have a ‘sufficient INDC’ and it has developed a Climate Resilient Green Economy Strategy or CRGE to stabilize the country’s economic vulnerability to climate change. On top of that, Ethiopia and several of its neighbouring countries are seated in the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF).
However, all the country’s strategies rely heavily on international climate financing, with its INDC and the CRGE reliant on the Climate Fund, and the CVF still waiting for the finances they were promised in Paris in 2015. Additional factors, like the U.S. no longer contributing to the Green Climate Fund, further curb the implementation of Ethiopia’s and other CVF-members’ climate action strategies, leaving them vulnerable to the extreme effects of climate change.
Climate financing is thus of major importance for the viability and the resilience of the whole region. To keep Sub-Saharan Africa alive, we need to start paying for our climate.
Good luck with your article!
It is our task as climate change journalists and communicators to point out the urgency of raising ambition in the ongoing clean energy revolution, as well as to point out that there are already positive and feasible strategies out there. Don’t forget that articles have to be on the suggested topic, have to be recently published (so from June onwards), and should be news articles.
Use the above paragraph as inspiration, but feel free to approach this topic from different angles and with different themes, or to apply it to your own country. You could for example only write about the effect of climate change on drought and desertification, on the different financing mechanisms that are important for Ethiopia’s future, or to point out the international community needs to raise its ambition on climate financing, the choice is yours.
- Climate Tracker’s workshop is open for young applicants 30 and below. Older applicants may however apply
- Articles have to be on the suggested topic, have to be recently published (so from June onwards), and should be news articles.
Number of Awards: 20
Value of Award: Journalists from Ethiopia will receive full travel and accommodations. Journalists from neighboring countries will receive partial fellowships.
Duration of Program: 3 days
How to Apply:
- To win a spot to the Ethiopia journalism workshop, you need to publish an article in regional, national, or international media on the topic ‘paying for our climate’.
- After you’ve published your article, upload your link on our app to participate in our competition
Award Providers: Climate Tracker