Join our “1.5ºC Survive and Thrive” campaign and win a fully funded fellowship to the COP23 climate negotiations in Bonn this November! We will also be awarding a semi-funded fellowship and several online fellowships to improve your writing skills.
1.5ºC is the temperature increase we must stay below if we want to save our planet. This is critical for many nations around the world to protect glaciers, reefs, avoid sea level rise or extreme heat. This is why Climate Tracker is starting a campaign to support ambitious and consistent climate action in line with the 1.5 goal. We want journalists and communicators from everywhere in the world to explain why this limit is necessary, and why we will live in a better world if we do not surpass it, transitioning to a greener and more sustainable future.
The best writers will get a chance to attend COP23 Bonn in November 2017 with the Climate Tracker team. There you will receive training on climate and journalism, get to attend the international climate negotiations and meet amazing people from everywhere in the world! You cannot miss it!
JOIN US HERE: http://app.climatetracker.org
Are you interested? Here what you have to do:
Between the 10th of April and the 19th of May you have to write two articles about two specific topics we will give you. Then you have to publish them in media in your country or region. It can be a newspaper, a magazine, an online news site, etc. Once an article is published, you have to submit the link to us through our app: http://app.climatetracker.org
Climate Tracker will revise the articles submitted through the app, give you feedback and tips, and select the best writers, who will win the different prizes mentioned.
The two topics are the following:
- First publishing time (10th-28th April): Explain why is important for your country to stay below the 1.5ºC limit with concrete impacts – Here a toolkit on this topic!
- Second publishing time (1st-19th May): Explain the solutions that your government needs to enforce (NDCs, national policy…) and why taking action is beneficial
- Extra topic! (Until 19th May). It gives you “extra points” to win a fellowship, but it is not compulsory to write about it. The topic is: “Big polluters against 1.5”, where you have to write about this report. We have a great webinar for you to get quotes and ideas!
If you write an article before the 28th of April you enter the competition for a paid online fellowship with Climate Tracker to improve your climate and writing skills!
Furthermore, to help you write about these issues Climate Tracker will be sending you toolkits, will prepare webinars with experts and give you help and feedback on how to pitch to editors, get an article published or learn more about climate in your region. To be up to date with the details of the program, check the app regularly http://app.climatetracker.org
What is the the campaign about?
The “1.5ºC Survive and Thrive” campaign aims to raise awareness around the world about the importance of keeping global temperature below this threshold and the multiple benefits that this would bring.
What do I have to write about?
You have to write two articles about two specific topics. The first one about the importance of 1.5 in your country or region and what impacts would mean surpassing this threshold. The second one about the solutions you think should be implemented and why this would be beneficial for your country or region (better health, preserving biodiversity, etc)
Where do I publish my article?
You have to find a news site, blog, newspaper, magazine, etc. Willing to publish your article. It can be at a national, regional, local or international level. Aim for the one with best outreach across the region.
If you never published before, we are here to help you! Check the “how do I pitch to editors” question below.
Can I use other formats aside from writing?
Yes, you can also send us video, putting it in youtube and sending us the link, or radio, if you send us the link of the radio programme where you appeared and a transcript of your intervention.
In which language can I publish my article?
You can publish in any language you prefer. You can choose depending on which audience you want to reach and why.
Which countries are eligible?
All countries in the world.
Is there an age limit?
Climate Tracker accepts applicants that are between 18 and 30 years old.
How will the final Trackers be selected?
The best writers will be chosen among the applicants by analysing their outreach and writing skills. You can check our rating system for articles here.
The final shortlisted may be asked to write another article or demonstrate their journalistic skills in some other way if the final decision is difficult.
What will Climate Tracker do in Bonn?
Climate Tracker has a long history of attending UNFCCC negotiations. There you will follow the latest advancements in implementing the Paris Agreement, we will report about it to make it understandable to the general public. You will also have the chance to meet governments, NGOs, journalists and climate activists from different parts of the world.
What is a writing fellowship?
Writing fellows are paid to deliver a certain amount of articles about certain topics. They also receive personalised training by Climate Tracker and help in refining the publishing skills. It is an amazing opportunity to grow as a writer and collaborate with the Climate Tracker team.
How do I pitch to editors?
Pitching your story to an editor can be a very difficult part of your work. We know that. We have several tools and ideas to help you. First of all, check this funny piece on how to find editors. Afterwards, you can read this summary on how to do a good pitch, and learn from the practical example it gives. Finally, some last tricks to boost your success.
It is my first time publishing, can you help me?
For sure! We have created toolkits and handbooks to make your work easier. Check here for a handbook on writing about climate change and on how to write an effective op-ed. And also amazing tips on what works and doesn’t when communicating climate change.
Here a list of other shorter toolkits that you may find useful: