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COP26 stories from Latin America and the Caribbean

This year, we were so excited to have 7 journalism fellows from across Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) covering COP26. They came from Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, and Guyana, and reported meaningful stories for the entire region. 

The latest report prepared by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) makes it clear that this region is already intensely affected by climate change. And we’re happy to support young journalists and storytellers in sharing their realities with the rest of the world. 

Get to know them and be sure to check out their stories in this LAC-COP26 wrap up. From warnings of “death sentences” for Caribbean Islands if climate change is not controlled, to unfulfilled promises and ambitious and promising projects, you do not want to miss these stories.

Global Warming Current News

Guilherme Justino, Brazil
Multimedia reporter working for Editora Globo in Brazil

Guilherme’s favorite areas to cover are Education, Health, Science and Sustainability. He’s an Earth Journalism Network (EJN) and International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) fellow and he’s won over a dozen national journalism awards, a number of them related to climate stories written over the years. Stories he publishes are supported by his cats, Mia and Elias.

Climate change journalism training

Vishani Ragobeer, Guyana

Vishani is a 21-year-old journalist from Guyana with a special interest in science journalism (focusing on health and climate change). In 2019, the Guyana Press Association (GPA) selected her as Guyana’s Young Journalist of the Year. She’s received health journalism awards from PAHO and recognition for her work on human rights issues, investigative reporting, and science and technology coverage.

2020 Climate Tracker

Julieta Bugacoff, Argentina
Freelance journalist and photographer

Julieta also studies anthropology at the National University of San Martín (Argentina), and usually works with issues related to gender, migration and environment. She ‘s had collaborated with media such as Nueva Sociedad, El Grito del Sur, Latfem and El Cohete a la Luna, among others. Since 2020 she has been part of the  fourth generation in the LATAM Network of Young Journalists, an initiative from Distintas Latitudes to promote regional journalism and highlight new talent.

International Climate Tracker

Zico Cozier, Trinidad and Tobago
Journalist and communications professional

Zico is currently the Assistant Editor at Cari Bois Environmental News Network, he conceptualised and hosts a local television show called “Trinidad is a Real Place” on TTT Limited, and he’s a Communications Officer at The Cropper Foundation – a non-profit that advocates for the advancement of sustainable development in the Caribbean region. Zico is passionate about environmental advocacy, learning languages, and karate.

2020 Climate Tracker

Amanda Magnani, Brazil
Brazilian journalist and photographer

Amanda is currently reading for an MSc in Journalism, Media, and Globalisation. Every story she produces reflects her perspective as a woman, as Latin American, as an immigrant. Amanda’s work has been published by Al-Jazeera and EU Observer and National Geographic. When she’s not eating guinea pig’s heads in the Andes, you can probably find Amanda climbing, knitting scarves, or baking carrot cakes. 

Environmental journalism training

Yanine Quiroz Perez, Mexico
Environmental journalist

Based in Mexico City, she covers climate change and other environmental stories for Animal Mx, Animal Político, Este País, Botany One and Letras Libres. She is a member of the Mexican Network of Science Journalists and has experience in cross-border journalism.

Professionals Climate Journalism Mentorship

Domenica Montaño, Ecuador

Doménica is a journalist from Ecuador who loves to write stories about the environment, climate change, indigenous communities, and human rights. Her favorite story is one she wrote over a year ago about nine girls who sued the Ecuadorian state for violating their rights with the gas flaring systems that are still being used by oil companies in the Amazon. She’s very proud to say that that story was awarded an honorable mention in a human rights journalism competition.

Genesis Méndez
Venezuelan journalist with 5 years of experience in digital communications. She is also a member of the Latin American Network of Young Journalists promoted by Distintas Latitudes. Currently based in Santiago, Chile.