Community Hangout: Challenges & opportunities for climate reporting in Asia

It’s no secret – Asia is intensely climate vulnerable. In fact, the countries of this region are already feeling the brunt of Mother Nature’s force — with severe weather becoming deadlier and rising sea level rise becoming more imminent. Not to mention drought, changes in water availability, and lethal heat waves.

Despite all these, climate issues are still one of the underreported stories in the region. The big question is why? What is hindering journalists and storytellers from writing about climate in Asia? What are the challenges they are facing? What can be done?

Join us as we chat with experienced climate journalists about the challenges they’ve faced in reporting on climate issues and how they’ve overcome those challenges.

Date: Thursday 5th August, 2021
Time: 5pm (GMT+8, Manila time)


Biena Magbitang
Biena Magbitang is a multi-awarded journalist with over a decade of experience in broadcast and online media. She is currently the Digital Head of the ABS-CBN News Channel and the Asia Manager of Climate Tracker. She is a member of the International Press Institute and the International News Media Association.

Lynn Ocharoenchai
Lynn is an environmental writer who started the climate strike movement in Thailand, referred to as Climate Strike Thailand. Whether via the written word, through films or photography, Lynn is using storytelling—integrated with a human touch and oftentimes humour—to widen awareness among the Thai and international public about conservation and environmental science. Lynn has also lent her expertise to other organisations and publications including Greenpeace, WWF, Mongabay and many more.

Mai Hoang
Science, technology and society enthusiast entering Harvard University. Passionate about the potential of youths in the Global South. Experience in NPO, journalism, environmental advocacy, life science and history research. Excited to tackle climate change from multiple perspectives!

Fidelis Eka Satriastanti
Currently the Asia Programmes Manager at Climate Tracker. Covered environmental issues for The Jakarta Globe in 2008-2012, then taking up freelancing gigs as journalist, writer, editor, and translator for 9 years. Work-from-home in Jakarta, Indonesia. Alternating Netflix, cute animals, K-dramas, to replace outdoor activities. Always wear 3-ply masks in public. 

See you there!