Media and Climate Change
Kiribati is one of many small island’s in the pacific that amplifies the ‘voice of the voiceless’ telling untold stories of climate change right at the forefront. Media fails to share awareness of the terrible undoings climate change has on these small islands. Most of them having had the sea rise so much there house’s are now underwater.
The voices of academics, scientists, politicians and commentators dominate the climate change debate, yet local knowledge and beliefs, local realities, as well as local voices and actions are essential elements of navigating the way forward. Because of this a group collaborated called Pacific Calling Partnership. The group is a catholic social justice advocacy, The group proclaims to recognise Australia’s ecological debt to Kiribati, Tuvalu, parts of the Torres Strait and other low lying Pacific Island neighbours. The main goals of the PCP is to legally bind agreements to curb emissions, Assist in migrations work and assist in training and upskilling workers.
Due to the impacts of climate change including; freshwater contamination by saltwater, coastal erosion, inundation and risks to food security. Islands like Kiribati are having to migrate to Australia just to survive. But Australia isn’t coping well with the fact and they want to be migrated with dignity, as they are only forced by climate change to leave there homes.
Climate change is only getting worse, unless we make a difference.
– Ward, B. (2009). Journalism ethics and climate change reporting in a period of intense media uncertainty. Ethics of science journalism, 9, pp.13-15.[Accessed 12 Oct. 2014]