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A general view of the Valenzuela Solar Farm in Valenzuela City, Metro Manila, Philippines, on April 30, 2021. Photo: IMF Photo/Lisa Marie David.

How newsrooms in the Philippines can report climate change effectively

Climate Tracker, in partnership with Oxfam Pilipinas, brought together Filipino environmental journalists and climate advocates; with the aim of breaking down how newsrooms can report about climate change effectively.
Climate Tracker, in partnership with Oxfam Pilipinas, brought together Filipino environmental journalists and climate advocates; with the aim of breaking down how newsrooms can report about climate change effectively.

Climate stories remain underreported in the Philippines. When newsrooms tackle climate issues, it’s always because of an intense weather disturbance battering the country. But it’s common knowledge that climate change is more than the weather. Climate change also affects the whole ecosystem and the key sectors of agriculture, forestry, infrastructure, health, livestock, mining, industry, tourism, water, and energy. 

On a daily basis, Filipinos are informed about the horrors of the pandemic through intensive news coverage and a daily death counter. Despite the climate crisis being on the Philippines’ doorstep – why can’t newsrooms do the same thing for climate change?

That is why Climate Tracker, in partnership with Oxfam Pilipinas, brought together Filipino environmental journalists and climate advocates; with the aim of breaking down how newsrooms can report about climate change effectively.

Philippines energy coverage

We were happy to be joined by these great journalists, who participated actively in the discussion:

Ted Aldwin Ong, Alfredo Ruzol, Mark Z. Saludes, Ryan Christopher J. Sorote, Elmer V. Recuerdo, Gaea Katreena Cabico, Joel Contrivida, and Yas Ocampo.

Our team of editors included:

Reynald Ramirez, Jose Torres Jr, Jonathan de Santos, Francis Allan Angelo, H. Marcos C. Mordeno, and Elmer N. Manuel.

We extend special thanks to the fantastic experts who joined us and made valuable contributions to our discussions:

Atty. Tony La Viña, Atty. Gia Ibay, and Dr. Laurice Jamero.

The aim of this project was to engage experienced journalists and editors in major news outlets. We broke down barriers by creating the chance for newsrooms and NGOs to work together to cover climate stories better, specifically on renewable energy and the just energy transition. 

Thank you! And before you go, please feel free to check out our new climatetracker.asia website. It’s a platform built specifically to provide resources for climate and environment reporters in Asia.