In 2018, the top news shows on ABC, NBC and CBS spent a combined total of only 142 minutes reporting on the climate crisis — lower than 2017.
Over 250 news outlets worldwide, with a combined audience of over 1 billion people, have pledged their support of Covering Climate Now to create awareness and spark worldwide action against the climate crisis. WNET’s Peril & Promise is one of them.
September 16 kicks off Covering Climate Now, a joint project of Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) and The Nation to amplify the media’s coverage of climate change and highlight its urgency. For one week, hundreds of news publications will flood the news with stories about climate change leading up to the United Nations Climate Action Summit on September 23.
The initiative is in response to the media’s lack of climate coverage in recent years and aims to change the way news organizations report on climate change. When the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its special report on the effects of global temperature rise last October, only 22 of the top 50 U.S. newspapers reported on it.
As a public media reporting initiative dedicated to ongoing and consistent coverage of the people, problems and solutions surrounding climate change, WNET’s Peril & Promise has always valued the importance of reporting on climate change daily and is excited to join this worldwide effort to increase visibility around the climate crisis. Our goal is to always to tell the human stories of the crisis: how it’s affecting people’s lives, jobs, health, and food (amongst many other things) and how it’s been impacting already-vulnerable communities the most. We also aim to show the solutions that can come from this crisis: the scientific innovation; engineering, architecture, and urban planning adaptation; and the potential for a new green economy.
By joining CJR, The Nation, and the hundreds of news outlets committed to Covering Climate Now, we at Peril & Promise not only hope to increase visibility for the climate crisis for the coming week, but also instill the urgency of reporting on the climate change for journalists worldwide into the future.
Watch this space all week (and beyond!) for climate reporting from our CCNow partners.