Getting Personal About Climate Change Made Me A Better Reporter

Journalists need to start demanding solutions and stop worrying about bad-faith critics.In the same way that journalists ought to be comfortable denouncing systemic racism and pushing politicians to tackle homelessness, we need to get comfortable with decrying the horrors of the climate crisis and demanding solutions. An unprecedented body of research shows that global warming is an existential threat to human civilization as we know it. If journalists don’t communicate that reality, and state unequivocally the need for immediate climate action, we’re not doing our jobs. Climate is a complicated story with no easy answers, and I’m not going to pretend otherwise. Not all strategies to reduce emissions are created equally, and it’s my job as a reporter to evaluate the trade-offs. Let your local news organization know what kind of reporting you want to see. 

By Sammy Roth. The Nation. February 3, 2022.

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