THE MEDIA. Is the climate crisis also an information crisis?
“The public has an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.“ — Oscar Wilde
Is the media covering the climate emergency well enough to allow us to tackle it? In this episode of the edutaining serious for the eco-curious, Juliet and Simon speak to the person in charge of climate change coverage for the British television news channel Sky News and they also hear from a leading spokesperson on climate misinformation and disinformation, at the ISD, an independent global organisation dedicated to powering solutions to extremism, hate and disinformation.
“It’s not just a climate emergency we’re experiencing" — says co-host, and journalist for almost three decades, Juliet Kinsman — there's a crisis in information, and more specifically, global access to honest, helpful information.
If we want to access the facts, who do we turn to, and who can we trust?
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A snapshot of our guests
Jennie King is Head of Civic Action and Education at the Institute of Strategic Dialogue, who provides regular briefings for UK government departments, regulators, UNESCO and is as literate as it gets on media literacy. Jennie oversees ISD's growing portfolio on Climate Mis- and Disinformation, supporting a coalition of 30+ organisations worldwide to identify, analyse and counter related harms. Her writing and commentary have been featured by the BBC, The Guardian, Channel 4 News, Tortoise Media and NPR, amongst others.
If you want to stay informed, we also recommend Covering Climate Now's Climate Beat newsletter for media analysis, resources, must-read stories and tips on how to best cover the climate emergency.
High-level thinking made digestible and do-able — as ever, this episode of Funny Old World provides a better understanding of the basics, and how to help tackle the climate emergency.
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Produced by Bouteco, co-produced and edited by Mark Machado of 11-29 Media.
Recorded by Andy Hughes in Love Electric Studios, North London.
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