Climate Change and Biodiversity Guide for Journalists

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Mar 2024
In Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) we find ourselves in a paradox. On the one hand, the region boasts 40% of the worlds biodiversity, half of the worlds tropical forests, the largest reserve of freshwater, 12% of the worlds mangroves and six of the most megadiverse countries. On the other hand, it is highly threatened by the environmental crisis and the loss of biodiversity: in 50 years, the region has lost 94% of its vertebrate population and holds the highest number of threatened mammals, plants, fish and birds globally. It also presents alarming vulnerability figures, underscoring the interconnection between the loss of natural wealth and climate risks.

Environmental risks and biodiversity loss are challenges that permeate every facet of human life. They exacerbate economic inequalities, hinder the provision of basic services, threaten food security and disrupt economic activities. However, they also present a unique opportunity for the region if it invests in a green transformation. A new approach focused on sustainability not only enhances productivity, but also fosters resilient and equitable economies.

In this context, the work of journalists becomes not only more relevant, but also more challenging. How to capture the attention of an audience saturated with
information? How to expand coverage of climate change and nature beyond the environment and natural hazards sections? How to translate scientific advances
into accessible knowledge, enabling citizens to actively participate in the transition to a sustainable future? How to remain vigilant against greenwashing and combat misinformation? This guide serves as a continuation of the 2022 Guide for Climate Change Journalists and compiles advice and best practices from journalists who have successfully navigated these challenges.