Climate Change and Communication Rights
WACC believes that there is strong link between communication and environmental issues, including climate change.
Our collective response as a human family to the many threats posed by climate change partly depends on the extent to which climate-related issues receive public attention, particularly in terms of media content. News media reports can have a knock-on effect in terms of public mobilization and policy change.
Furthermore, given that the effects of climate change have a disproportionate impact on people and communities in vulnerable situations, WACC believes that enabling those communities to tell their stories, organize for change, and advance their own solutions to the climate crisis is critical.
A report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the impacts of global warming has warned about the real risk of environmental catastrophe unless societies around the world radically change their ways of life. The report warns of risks such as more frequent droughts, sea level rises, and loss of biodiversity, among others.
In 2020-2021, WACC, in partnership with FAO’s Communication for Development Unit, will work with partners to enable communities at the grassroots level to harness traditional ecological knowledge and to support of networks of environmental citizen journalists.
WACC is also supporting a multi-year project in partnership with the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), to promote the protection of sensitive ecosystems in Colombia.
Projects supported under this theme align with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 on Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions, SDG 13-on Climate Action, and the objectives of the Paris Agreement.