Climate Tracker is launching a new and exciting campaign for all our Trackers in South Asia. We aim to send our best Trackers to the first Climate Tracker conference to train them about climate journalism and advocacy. Are you one of them?

The campaign will start the 1st of August by opening a publishing window. Publish your best article from the 1st to the 12th of August. You have to write an awesome piece about Adaptation in 1.5 degrees in South Asia. And then publish it in a place where it will have a great impact across the region.

The 15 best writers will be chosen to attend the Climate Tracker conference in Sri Lanka from the 14th to the 16th of October, and receive a personal and innovative training to improve their skills on climate advocacy and journalism.

They will also be invited to participate in the 5th Asia Pacific Climate Change adaptation forumAdapting and Living below 2°C: Bridging the Gaps in Policy & Practice” from the 17th to the 19th of October, where they will put the skills gained into practise.

SOUTH ASIA

How do I sign-up?

To join, simply sign-up at http://app.climatetracker.org.

What is the campaign about?

The campaign wants to highlight adaptation to climate change in South Asia in the face of keeping global temperature below 1.5 degrees of warming. The main goal is for you to publish an article about this, highlighting the actions or the problems that your region is facing.

 

What do I have to write about?

You have to write an article about adaptation to climate change in your region in the face of 1.5 degrees of warming. As you know, keeping temperature below 1.5 is necessary to avoid some of the worst impacts of climate change. There is a very short gap to do that, and that is why acting rapidly on mitigating and adapting to climate change is very important.

In your article you can write about the impacts that your area may suffer if we surpass the 1.5 limit. You can link that to adaptation actions happening, at a local, regional or national level, describe them and raise awareness about their importance.

 

Where do I publish my article?

You have to find a news site, blog, newspaper, magazine.. 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?

Only countries from South Asia can apply to this campaign. Which are: India, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal

 

What do I do if my country is not in the eligible countries list?

We are sorry to hear that. This campaign is very specific for South Asia, but we will have many more campaigns and opportunities coming that are open to other regions or to all the world in general, such as our COP22 campaign. Please keep in touch and follow us on social media!

 

Is there an age limit?

We accept applicants that are between 18 and 35 years old, but you are encouraged to apply anyway if you do not fulfill this requirement.

 

How will the final 15 Trackers be selected?

The 15 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 we do in this conference?

Climate Tracker is organising a conference in South Asia to train young people to be climate change communicators and activists. You will receive lectures from the Climate Tracker team and other facilitators and experts on issues related to climate change, journalism and advocacy.

After learning those skills, you will implement them by joining the  5th Asia Pacific Climate Change adaptation forum and writing pieces with the rest of the team from there.

 

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.

 

Here a list of other shorter toolkits that you may find useful:

7 ways to write a good introduction

8 ways to improve your writing

3 minutes guide to writing a news article

6 things you need to know when using a quotation

7 tips on doing research for your article

11 punctuation marks you need to use correctly

How to conduct an interview

Writing an effective features article

Communicating climate jargons

 

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