By the year 2050, 40% of the World's population will come from Africa. According to a report by the United Nations (2014), Nigeria will overtake the United States to become the third-most populous country in the world by 2050. Therefore it is pertinent to start conversations about climate and sustainability issues, particularly the energy, food, and water demands on a country described as the economic powerhouse of Africa.
Environmental journalists are pivotal to the climate and environmental sustainability movement. With photographs and videos, they can educate people about the severe condition of the environment while utilizing the power of media to bring about positive changes that can improve the quality of life in our communities.
Therefore, there is need to educate and empower scientists and journalists to be more effective at communicating about the complexities of climate science and the societal and economic impacts of a warming planet on its population.
The Civic Media Lab and the Green Institute will be offering training on Environmental Journalism. The following topics will be discussed:
- The Science of Climate Change and its Jargon
- The Media as an Environmental Watchdog
- Challenges of Investigative Environmental Journalism Today
- Telling a Story using Digital Media
- Ethics and Confidentiality
- Managing Crisis and Risks
- Over 18 years old and must be a university student or recent graduate
- Fluent in English and their indigenous language
- Be a Nigerian citizen
- Interest in environmental sustainability, social change, and investigative journalism
- Candidates with photography and/or writing skills are preferrable
- Available for a fellowship after training (if selected).