Saint Lu­cian me­dia come out in sup­port of Cli­mate Change ac­tion de­spite in­clement weather

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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.

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