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Is Climate Solutions Journalism the Solution?

8 November 2023 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

In partnership with Intact

Extreme weather patterns around the world have brought new urgency to the need to connect audiences to the climate story. In short: our climate is at a breaking point. In a time of news avoidance, how can newsrooms create compelling climate journalism that both connects with audiences and communicates the sobering reality of the situation? Climate solutions journalism has been one tactic, but is it working? 

This J-Talk event brought together climate journalists, academics and editors who are telling the climate story to discuss how to make climate journalism more engaging and impactful with global audiences.

The webcast was 60 minutes: 45 minutes of moderated conversation, followed by 15 minutes of audience Q&A. 

The virtual discussion took place on November 8 and featured journalist Steph Kwetásel’wet Wood, a member of The Narwhal team, which received the 2023 CJF Award for Climate Solutions Journalism; Dr. Anabela Bonada, of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation; Mark Hertsgaard, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Covering Climate Now and  Diego Arguedas Ortiz, Network Manager of the Oxford Climate Journalism Network at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Laura Lynch, host of CBC’s award-winning climate solutions show What On Earth?, moderated. 

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About the Panelists

Diego Arguedas Ortiz

Diego Arguedas Ortiz is Associate Director at the Oxford Climate Journalism Network of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford.

A Costa Rican reporter, he has covered climate change as his main beat since 2013. His work has appeared in BBC Future, MIT Technology ReviewLe Monde Diplomatique, Univision and Anthropocene, among other outlets. His work includes six UN Climate Conferences, the Panama Papers international collaboration in 2016 and on-the-ground reporting from a dozen countries. In 2015, he was the founder of Ojo al Clima, Central America’s first climate news outlet, which he led as its editor until 2019.

From 2019 to 2021, he worked as an advisor on climate change communication for the Minister of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica and the Climate Change Directorate of Costa Rica. From that position he co-led multiple projects to engage citizens on climate change.

He was part of the lecturing team at the University of Costa Rica’s Communication School between 2016 and 2021 and between 2018 and 2019 led the School’s journalism bachelor degree.

Diego completed his undergraduate studies in Journalism and in Business at the University of Costa Rica and graduated from the MA (Hons) Climate Change: History, Culture, Society at King’s College London, as a Chevening scholar.

Anabela Bonada

Anabela is responsible for the management, communications, and operations of the Intact Centre. Anabela oversees the day-to-day functions of the Centre and leads key relationships with stakeholders at the University of Waterloo and externally. Anabela also supports research projects such as the production of a national wildfire guide, and recommendations for scaling up nature-based solutions at the home, community, and landscape levels. Anabela brings extensive experience and education in the field of climate science. Anabela completed her PhD in Geography from the University of Guelph – her research focused on the effect that climate change has on tree growth, which gave her insights on the consequences that extreme events (such as drought) have on forest ecosystems. Anabela also completed her BSc in Environmental Science at the University of Waterloo, and a Diploma in Ecosystem Management at Fleming College

Mark Hertsgaard

Mark Hertsgaard is the co-founder and executive director of the global media collaboration Covering Climate Now and the environment correspondent for The Nation.  He has covered climate change since 1989, reporting from 25 countries in his books “Earth Odyssey” and “HOT” and for outlets including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, Bloomberg Businessweek, Time, Scientific American, The Guardian, L’espresso, NPR and the BBC.  He has been a commentator for the public radio programs Morning Edition, Marketplace and Living on Earth and appeared on the Today show, Morning Joe, Fresh Air, All Things Considered, Democracy Now!, and hundreds of similar programs overseas.  His other books include “On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan Presidency” and “A Day in the Life: The Music and Artistry of the Beatles.”

Stephanie Wood

Stephanie Wood is a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh journalist who works for The Narwhal. In 2022 she won the Canadian Association of Journalists’ Emerging Indigenous Journalist award, and she was part of the team that won the CJF Award for Climate Solutions Reporting in 2023. Her work covers a wide range of subjects including Indigenous rights, biodiversity, and climate change. She contributed to the Squamish Nation’s forthcoming history book Tiná7 Cht Ti Temíxw: We Come From This Land. She earned her Master of Journalism degree at the University of British Columbia.

About the Moderator

Laura Lynch is an award-winning journalist and host. In 2020, Laura was part of the team that created the weekly radio program “What on Earth”, focusing on climate change solutions. In 2021, the program won the inaugural CJF Award for Climate Solutions Journalism for its work. Throughout her career, she has reported from across Canada and around the world, covering everything from gun control to abortion to international trade.

Internationally, Laura was based in Washington D.C. during and after the attacks of September 11, 2001.  She was posted to London for 9 tumultuous years that featured political turmoil and violent attacks blamed on terrorism.  Laura also reported from Pakistan where Benazir Bhutto was attacked and then assassinated, from Israel during the war with Lebanon and its ongoing dispute with the Palestinians, from Saudi Arabia where she was detained, from Syria as the country descended into civil war and from Africa, where she reported undercover from Zimbabwe when western journalists were barred.





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8 November 2023
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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