“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed”. My trip to Nepal in connection with “South Asian media workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change” has explained the meanings of this quotation. Unfortunately in recent years the way media has promoted politics across the world, we didn’t see much awareness on climate change on parallel lines. While keeping in view the level of environmental degradation this issue should have been addressed with more attention to aware and educate people. I searched for a single journalist who has been covering environment as separate beat; but answer was a big NO. Environment is a part time job for Pakistani Journalists and a subbject of less priority for the editors.
However the organizers of workshop including Regional Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platform for Asia (Adaptation Knowledge Platform); the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN); the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD); and the Asia Pacific Mountain Network (APMN) were optimistic regrading the future of environment journalism. Thus a whole bunch of experts from media, people with scientific backgrounds and experts on localized environmental problems provided information to the 24 participants from seven countries regarding how important is to aware masses about the updated scientific information on environmental issues, particularly with regard to increasing impacts and vulnerability due to growing climate and socioeconomic changes and adaptation needs of the people in South Asia.
It is believed that media is playing most effective role in terms of educating people on what is happening in different ecosystems, and how climate change is effecting the future of global community. But there is a need to inform people in such manner that is familiar to them. I have been writing on several issues including food insecurity in Pakistan, water scarcity and depleting water resources available for agriculture and Global warming as concerned human being. However my layman view is changed after attending this workshop and I have found a direction not only to treat my story on environment in particular manner bearing quality to attract targeted people but being environmentally responsible too.
Climate change is not a linear process that can be easily dealt with, it is a complex process and multi-pronged consequences for biosphere. It is difficult to eradicate the environmental degradation completely; however we can either adopt changes or mitigate the effects in coming years partially. It is incumbent upon journalists to aware masses, and governments need to formulate policies that are more adaptive towards the climate change. However with more back ground knowledge journalists and professionals who work for the protection of environment can guide masses. Such workshops provide handful knowledge not only to the field journalists but to new comers where sometimes lack of understanding of the issues often leads to serious misreporting of the facts adding further confusion to climate discourses. Certainly trans-boarder cooperation is the need of hour to tackle several problems and developing strategies to aware people.
After this workshop I have become more cautious as journalist while flooding information about environment and treating earth more carefully. I have realized this world is so beautiful to be destroyed by our individual acts or collective human activity.