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Today is September 21 and the annual Zero Emissions Day has come round again. This time last year, I explained the meaning and importance of this date in a blog. But what has happened since? The consequences of the climate crisis continue to be manifold and the interrelationships highly complex. Yet the media doesn’t always do the portrayal of the climate crisis justice. In its newest report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reminded the global media of its crucial role in shaping public perception, understanding and willingness to act through their reporting.
The lack of information on these issues relevant to the future is preventing citizens from making informed decisions. It is also delaying action at a time when we need to mobilize societies more than ever to contain the climate crisis or adapt in time to its worst impacts, the IPCC report warns. As greenwashing, misleading lobbying and misinformation have flourished, the responsibility of journalists has also become enormous, it said.
France’s media professionals took the wake-up call to heart. On the France Info website, a group of journalists and scientists called for better climate reporting. They feel that tendentious reporting that fails to name the true connections damages the democratic debate. The also think that the causes and perpetrators must be mentioned. For example, when forest fires ripped through Europe this year, destroying property and wildlife, as well as extreme heat deaths, direct connections with the climate crisis were seldom named concretely.
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