Climate Tracker is launching its new and exciting COP22 campaign.

Join now for your chance to win a Fully Funded trip to COP22 to become a Negotiator Tracker.

An agreement was reached last year in Paris to stop climate change and keep the temperature increase below 1.5 degrees. As the world continues to heat up, many countries are already facing the impacts of climate change. It is time to implement and commit to higher ambition in mitigation and adaptation. The world needs to act now!

However, this action is being delayed by the influence of the fossil fuel industry and its interests, and we need to shed light to stop them from doing their corrupt practices.

That’s why we are launching our COP22 Campaign now. We need to up the pressure on negotiators and Fossil Fuel companies alike. And we need to find the 6 best Negotiator Tracker Candidates who will join the Climate Tracker team in Morocco!

To join the campaign, you only have to sign in to http://app.climatetracker.org/ and join the specific competitions.

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Structure of the campaign

The #TrackingCOP22 campaign will last until end of November and will have 2 broad publishing windows.

 

  • 1st publishing window: Impacts Of Climate Change And The Guilt of the Fossil Fuel Industry

The first publishing window will last from the 29th of August to the 7th of October. Every two weeks you will be given a topic to write about, having to write at least one article on each topic to be eligible for our prizes. But you can write more than that if you want!

The topics will organise as following:

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  • Week 1 and 2 (29 Aug-9Sep): Describe impacts of climate change in your country or region and why we need to keep temperature below 1.5 degrees
  • Week 3 and 4 (12-23 Sep): The fossil fuel industry banned from climate change negotiations, just as it was done with the Tobacco industry
  • Week 5 and 6 (26 Sep-7 Oct): We need to keep the fossil fuel and tobacco industries accountable and make them pay for their damage

Prizes include paid writing fellowships with Climate Tracker to help you publish and become an awesome writer, and also spots to join our team in COP22 in Marrakech.

 

  • Second publishing window

The second publishing window will last from the 17th October to the 27th November and will follow the same structure as the previous one. Every two weeks you will be given a topic to write about, having to write at least one article on each topic to be eligible for our prizes.

Prizes include online writing fellowships in COP22 and spots for the first online Climate Tracker school in 2017.

 

  • Be a voice of the Global South

Together with Oxfam, we will be giving out 2 fully funded-fellowships for a 2 weeks speakers tour in Germany in March 2017. The fellows will go around Germany to talk to different audiences about why climate action should be taken right now.

To enter the competition, write a one-page article about how climate change affects your country or your own life between the 29th August and the 9th September. You may write about…

– … impacts of climate change in your country/region/community

– … personal experiences: impacts of climate change on your own life / your own work on or activism against climate change

– …why it is important to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees

Feel free to integrate e.g. your own observations, stories or quotes from people into the text giving it a personal touch.

To learn the full details, don’t forget to watch our webinar on August 25 10am UTC+2. Join the Google Hangouts here.

 HOW TO JOIN THE FELLOWSHIP FOR COP 22

12 Questions to understand the campaign

  1. What is the campaign about?

Climate Tracker is launching a campaign in the lead to COP22 to pressure governments to take further action and increase ambition and to shed light of the influence of the fossil fuel industry in climate policy and how to hold them accountable for years of corruption.

We will do that by encouraging young writers from around the world to write inspiring stories and publish them in media, in order to shape opinion and stir the climate conversation.

  1. What do I have to write about?

During each publishing window you will have to write about 3 topics. The first 3 are:

  • 29 Aug-9 Sep: Describe impacts of climate change in your country or region and why we need to keep temperature below 1.5 degrees
  • 12-23 Sep: Banning the fossil fuel industry from climate change negotiations, just as it was done with the Tobacco industry
  • 26 Sep-7 Oct: We need to keep the fossil fuel and tobacco industries accountable and make them pay for their damages

Topics for the 2nd publishing window will be announced soon.

If you are also competing for the “Be a voice of the global south” opportunity, you have to write about how climate change affects your country or your own life.

  1. What is a publishing window?

A publishing window is the time you have to publish a certain amount of articles about a certain topic. The 1st publishing time for this campaign in from the 29th of August to the 9th of October.

  1. 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!

If you never published before, we are here to help you! Check the “how do I pitch to editors” question below.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Which countries are eligible?

All countries are eligible for our #TrackingCOP22 campaign. However, if you apply to the “Be a voice of the global south” competition, you will have to be from a Global South country.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. How will the 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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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