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This Week in South East Asian Climate Journalism

By August 31, 2018 No Comments


There’s some great journalism on climate change that’s coming out of The Nation recently, fuelled in part by the upcoming climate change conference next week.

It’s rare for climate change to make the front page of a national newspaper, but that’s what happened this week at The Nation. Journalist Pratch Rujivanarom highlights the global impacts of climate change, briefly explains some of the science behind it, and potential socioeconomic impacts. The Nation has also produced a very neat graphic to accompany the piece. You can also read the first report of this series, on coal.  (Sidenote: Pratch is doing some really important work in environmental journalism. In March last year, mining company Myanmar Phongpipat sued Pratch for his investigation into mining company’s contamination of the water in a nearby village.)


The Phnom Penh Post recently published a piece on how local councils can build climate resilience in their communities. Written by Phnom Penh’s social affairs columnist, Tong Soprach highlights how political action on climate change at the local level can cancel out the political deadlock that’s happening at the international level. After reading it, I’m convinced. Tong makes a powerful case for the urgency of prioritising (9,831 families are already affected by floods in Cambodia, he points out) as well as outlining positive examples where local empowerment is already building community-level climate resilience.


Heng Hak’s piece on Cambodian farmers, also in The Nation, is a great community-specific piece. Heng is an independent journalist based in Phnom Penh. A fantastic piece of journalism, he manages to connect a very specific local community to a larger global issue.


As usual, climate change remains a critical topic in the Philippines. Senator Loren Legarda, and chair of the Senate committees on climate change and finance, pens this piece in The Inquirer. Lobrach highlights how the Philippines have chosen to initiate their own programs, rather than “wait for drawn-out negotiations on climate finance and rely solely on foreign aid.” Yet another piece on the importance of local action over global negotiations. “The eyes of the whole world are upon us, keen to pick up lessons and eager to help us surmount difficulties. Resilience is the clarion call of the times and the Filipino people deserve nothing less,” she writes.


Also check out some of these pieces summarising recent international reports in local media:

  • This piece by the Jakarta Globe, which looks at a recent report by the World Resources Institute on illegal logging
  • This article by The Rappler, on a recent report by Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia on how millions of jobs in Asia are threatened by climate change and pollution.
Lily Jamaludin

About Lily Jamaludin

Lily Jamaludin is a Malaysian writer and researcher. Previously, she helped design education opportunities for stateless youth in Borneo, and assisted in eviction-prevention initiatives in the Bronx. She’s excited to mobilise more young writers from developing countries to influence national debate around climate change.