CCC underscores role of responsible journalism in addressing climate crisis

May 08, 2024 Wednesday

CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje delivers a keynote message at the "Writing the Story of Our Generation" event, coinciding with World Press Freedom Day. The event underscores the critical role of journalism in shaping public understanding of climate change and driving positive ecological action.

MANILA, 8 May 2024 The Climate Change Commission (CCC) highlighted the importance of informed and responsible journalism in the face of rapid ecological degradation and escalating climate crisis.

At the "Writing the Story of Our Generation," an online community hangout and story festival hosted by Climate Tracker Asia, the CCC commended the journalists for amplifying the voices of vulnerable sectors and communities affected by ecological injustices, thereby empowering individuals and communities to make informed decisions.

"In an era marked by these challenges, the role of journalism in promoting awareness and advocating for sustainable solutions cannot be overstated. You – journalists – have the power to discuss difficult issues, to tell the public the warning signs of a planet in distress. But these are also the stories that bring the reality of climate change into focus, urging us to act," CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje emphasized.

Climate change demands transformative action on a global scale, and journalism can play a crucial role in amplifying the urgency of the climate crisis and highlighting innovative solutions from around the world. Journalists serve as catalysts for positive change by showcasing renewable energy initiatives, conservation efforts, and community-led sustainability projects.

"In these uncertain times, we should go beyond acknowledging the existence of ecological challenges," Borje remarked. "We must cultivate a deep respect for the intricate web of life that sustains us all, helping to move everyone toward positive change and responsible stewardship of our planet."

Borje also stressed the need for stories that not only illuminate the problems but also highlight the solutions—the ingenuity of scientists, the passion of activists, and the resilience of communities. "We need stories that give hope, because hope drives action leading to positive change."

The CCC reaffirmed its commitment to press freedom, transparency, and accountability. Borje encouraged journalists to harness their storytelling power and use their platform to discuss difficult issues and bring the reality of climate change into focus.

"Together, let's commit to writing the story of our generation—a story where the voices of the most vulnerable are heard and valued, where we embrace our responsibility as stewards of the Earth, and where we envision a future that is better than today," Borje concluded.

World Press Freedom Day, observed on May 3rd, honors the principles of press freedom and underscores the importance of freedom of expression as a fundamental human right. This year’s theme, “A Press for the Planet: Journalism in the face of the environmental crisis” emphasizes the importance of accurate reporting, combating misinformation, and promoting a diverse and resilient media landscape.

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