Our partners (updated October 31):
Our partners (updated October 31):
Click here for the Climate News Mosaic executive summary slideshow
First of all, who are you?
The Climate News Mosaic (CNM) is a network of 15 environmental journalists concerned with the consequences of climate change. As journalists, our best contribution consists in producing accurate, in-depth and quality reporting to tell you how climate change is affecting the environment and the life of citizens all around the world, and what policymakers are doing – or not doing - to tackle it.
What’s going on in Poland and why do you care?
In November the UN Climate Change Conference (COP-19) will be held in Warsaw. After the disappointing outcome of the 2009 Copenhagen summit, media have started to dedicate less and less attention to the coverage of the negotiations and many are doubtful about the chances of any breakthroughs in Warsaw. Yet, given the gravity of the unfolding climate crisis, we believe that there's no better justification to put the media spotlight on the only global policy arena on climate change.
So nobody cares about the talks. What are you going to do about it?
We believe that the media play a crucial role in spreading knowledge and creating awareness around climate change. Not only we can do something, but we think it is our duty to do so. In the last years, coverage of the climate talks has been largely confined to dispatches from (mostly Western) international news agencies. Instead, we will be there, and in many other places around the world at the same time, bringing to you the latest developments from the conference and live reactions from policymakers, activists and experts around the world. We will share with you what climate change means to the people, the environment and the economies of our countries, what problems and solutions are discussed and how they are told in different media.
How’s this ‘mosaic’ going to work?
With your help, three of our team members will travel to Warsaw to cover the climate summit on the ground. The others, meanwhile, will be reporting on the conference from their own country. Each of the project participants commits to a minimum of stories produced and published as a result of the project, yielding no less than 25 pieces - textual, audio, video or cross-media - published in various national and international publications.
…and what’s so special about it?
Wait! Not done yet. The three journalists in Warsaw will also moderate a live-blog that all the members of CNM will update constantly with snippets of interviews, photos, statements and any sort of information they will gather for their own articles, radio or TV pieces. Any reporter following the CNM live-blog will be able to access, strictly for free and from their own desk, a continuous flow of content coming from all corners of the world. Besides, we encourage other media outlets to pick up this reporting, in part or in full. And editors will be able to commission stories from CNM members. The result will be an innovative, ‘glocal’ approach to environmental journalism that combines cross-border cooperation and new technologies to enhance and deliver quality information. A mosaic of local perspectives to give you the global picture.
What do I get if I donate?
Several things. A big thank you, a postcard from Warsaw, an e-book or a Google Hangout session with us (see details on the right). But most of all you will allow a team of independent and committed journalists to challenge the way climate change has been reported in the media. This isn't just about you, or us. Climate change affects everyone's life and it therefore requires awareness and action from all of us. Here is your chance to add your own piece to the mosaic.
What do you gain out of it?
Strictly speaking, nothing. All our members are working journalists and will be covering the conference for the outlets they collaborate with. All the money we raise will be used to fund the costs of the project and no salary will be added to it.
Why do you bother, then?
As journalists, it is our job to inform you. As citizens, it is our will to create awareness around a topic that will impact all our lives. As professionals, we have the tools to do it well, and we will.
Hope you’ll join us!
Fine, you convinced me! How can I help?
Obviously, you can donate, but please do let others know that you did. Actually, even if you cannot make a financial contribution, spreading the word about this project would already help us a lot. Use Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and any other platform you can think of to talk about us.
Besides, if you're a journalist or an editor please do consider joining us. You're more than welcome to make the CNM live-blog another source in covering the COP-19, and we would also be happy if you choose to contribute from your own country.
And if you want to know more, here is how to get in touch with us: