Saint Lucian media come out in support of Climate Change action despite inclement weather
On Sunday June 25, the Department of Sustainable Development in collaboration with the National Adaptation Plan Global Network (NAP-GN), hosted a special workshop for journalists and media workers in Understanding Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) in Saint Lucia.
The aim was to foster enhanced awareness and hype up the conversation about taking action on climate change issues on the island. Participants also received an improved understanding of the stresses to the country’s economy, jobs and infrastructure; insight into how the Government of Saint Lucia is planning for those impacts through its National Adaptation Plan (NAP) and otherwise; updates on the status of international climate change negotiations; and tools, tips and advice on covering climate change from other journalists.
Media workers representing print, broadcast and online media were engaged in discussions on strategies for telling stories about climate change adaptation; how best the climate change message can be integrated into, and remain ever-present in, the work of the journalist; and how best the journalist can be supported by the Department of Sustainable Development and other Ministries, in order to more effectively communicate on climate change nationally and influence climate change action.
Climate Change Expert within the Department of Sustainable Development, Mrs Dawn Pierre-Nathoniel, says the media engagement was organised in recognition of the important role of media personnel and their ability to help influence thinking, mould outcomes, change behaviour and instigate action across the populace, at all levels.
A highlight of the day’s session was a “Camera On You” segment where members of the media were allotted five minutes to present a story on climate change adaptation for the opportunity to win a NAP Global Network Peer Exchange Award to attend an upcoming climate change media training workshop in Georgetown, Guyana this month. Miss Janelle Norville of Choice TV was selected as winner by a fourmember judging panel.
The Department of Sustainable Development will continue to work closely with the local media to increase climate change literacy and action across the island.