“Even though we don’t have enough work or money, the truth is we don’t want them to mine here,” says a young Nahuatl woman in Mexico concerned about water contamination. She was part of a video story about mining protests in Mexico produced by Rachel Witte, a student in the Earth Journalism Scholars program at UC Berkeley.
Helping journalists produce engaging, relevant and accurate local stories based on global environmental issues has been the main goal of the Earth Journalism Scholars program, a partnership between UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and Internews’ Earth Journalism Network.
Neha Sethi has just been named the Earth Journalism Scholar for 2015. Earth Journalism Scholars attend the UC Berkeley (UCB) Graduate School of Journalism in the spring semester, through a partnership between Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) and UCB. Courses include the graduate-level Earth Journalism course on international environmental reporting, co-taught by EJN Executive Director James Fahn. Sethi was selected from more than 80 applicants in a competitive application process.
“We need you to tell our story,” Headman Pan Changairo says to a group of journalists. “We don’t want to lose our land and our way of life.” Changairo is concerned about the effects a proposed large-scale dam would have on his village in Northern Thailand, Mae Khannin Tai.
The rapid pace of development leading up to the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)is creating opportunities for journalists to find innovative and important environmental, business, investment, health and culture stories. Are you a Mekong-area journalist who reports on social and environmental impacts of development projects such as dams, mines, roads, ports or economic land concessions? Mekong Partnership for the Environment (MPE) may have workshop, fellowship, resource and networking opportunities for you.
Collectively, the nations of the world catch around 90 million metric tons of wild fish and shellfish from the oceans every year, with China as the world’s largest producer and consumer of seafood. This is an important fact but does it tell the whole story? Here’s another piece of information: the total weight of fish removed from the ocean each year is about equivalent to the combined weight of the entire human population of China. Which statistic is more memorable?