Enviromental Journalism

I was given the opportunity to cover an environmental radio package during the start of the third term. We were given a brief by Algoa FM and the South East African Climate Consortium (SEACC) to cover environmental journalism using ‘mainstream’ media conventions, such as a reliance on experts, objectivity, etc. Thus our aim was to work with Algoa FM to produce current affairs packages on sustainability and climate change to mark the approach of the international climate change conference, COP 17, which will be hosted in South Africa in 2011.

Climate change is often perceived to be a problem which is affecting people other than our selves, so we tend to let it blow over our heads. But the challenges of global change are much closer to home than we realise, and are growing in intensity. The climate challenges are impacting heavily on those who rely directly on the natural resources in South Africa in order to survive. Ultimately the changes which are affecting then will become apparent to those who live a comfortable lifestyle now. Annie Polak Investigates...