Reporting on the Climate Emergency: Can the Media Do Better?
One year ago, the Guardian outlined plans to confront the escalating climate crisis. We promised to report with authority on the defining issue of our lifetime – giving it the sustained attention it demands. We also vowed to practise what we preach, striving to green our operations as a global news organisation and achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030. Then came the global pandemic.
Global media outlets have the power to influence and change. But some are still criticised for publishing claims of climate change denial, or sidestepping the science for sensationalism. How are media organisations, including the Guardian, to respond? What is the responsibility of the publishing industry during the ensuing crisis? Does journalism genuinely inspire action? What about its capacity to provide hope?
The panel, chaired by Observer chief leader writer Sonia Sodha, will include Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner, and American environmentalist, author and journalist, Bill McKibben.
Read the Guardian’s 2020 climate pledge here.