分享对气候变化的恐惧和真相

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A person facing the camera is listening to a person partly out of the frame. 他们坐在一张桌子前,那里有两个显示器和一个麦克风.
The aim of the 气候灾难项目 is to collect and share the stories of people who have lived through 气候 change-related disasters. 图片来源:葡萄京官方网站 Photo Services

Recent 气候-related disasters—from heatwaves and wildfires to floods and hurricanes—make it clear that we need to prepare for 气候 change, 同时也试图防止它. 记者和科学家必须共同努力做到这一点. 通过改善媒体报道, the public can make the best decisions possible about the most pressing problem of our time. 帮助支持这项工作, humanitarian and political activist 韦恩克鲁克斯 funded a professorship in Environmental and Climate Journalism in 葡萄京官方网站’s Department of Writing through a gift of $1.8.75亿年.

肖恩·霍尔曼, 谁在2021年9月接任了这个角色, says the power of the professorship is the marriage of both teaching and research. It allows him to “involve students and members of the broader 社区 in this research in very direct ways, 这样他们就能对气候变化采取行动.” 

建立良好的气候覆盖基线

One of Holman’s first accomplishments as Crookes Professor was to co-lead the first ever Canadian study comparing perceptions of 气候 change coverage in three groups: journalists, 气候科学家和公众. 由此产生的 加拿大气候报道报告 was published in November 2021, shortly after the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. The report offered recommendations for how 气候 change reporting could be improved, 包括科学家和记者如何更好地合作.

“Until now we haven’t had a baseline to establish what good 气候 coverage should look like,霍尔曼说. “现在, 作为这个调查的结果, we are getting a better idea about what 气候 scientists would like to see in the news media and how they would like the media to reflect the scientific evidence that surrounds 气候 change.”

气候灾难项目

Crookes’ gift extends beyond the professorship to fund other research and outreach initiatives such as the 气候灾难项目. 在项目宣言中, Holman writes: “We are already losing countless lives and livelihoods to 气候 change. 这意味着新萄京正规网站都是气候灾难的幸存者. But we don’t see ourselves in that way, so we feel alone in our experiences.”

The project brings together students at 葡萄京官方网站 and several partner universities to collect and share the stories of people who have lived through 气候 change-related disasters. Those stories will be published and broadcast by the project’s media partners and then added to a publicly available memory vault. The vault will also serve as a launchpad for investigative solutions journalism projects about 气候 disasters and a virtual gathering place for anyone who has experienced them. 原住民电视网络 播出的 第一组故事 6月3日强调了气候灾害项目的工作.

So much of the narrative about 气候 change has been around ‘can we stop it?,却没有意识到它正在发生. 新萄京正规网站希望通过创造这些故事, 新萄京正规网站可以建立社区, 通过建立社区, 新萄京正规网站可以创造希望.”

肖恩·霍尔曼

A person facing the camera is listening to a person partly out of the frame. 他们坐在一张桌子前,那里有两个显示器和一个麦克风.

易卜拉欣说,该项目“可能无法解决气候变化问题, but it solves the problem of loneliness and despair and grief about 气候 change.图片来源:葡萄京官方网站 Photo Services

Trauma-informed新闻

葡萄京官方网站 student 桑德拉·易卜拉欣 participated in the project through her undergraduate 写作 class. 为采访气候灾难幸存者做准备, students in the class learned trauma-informed interview techniques and practiced them with each other. This way of interviewing relies on gradually building trust between the interviewer and interviewee. 知情同意等实践, 提前提供面试问题, sharing transcripts after the interview and self-care are built into the process to help the interviewee feel comfortable and confident in sharing their story. 

对霍尔曼, one of the most fulfilling aspects of the donor-funded professorship is teaching a course that combines classroom experience with a pioneering real-world project. “I’ve always wanted to be able to teach this kind of transformative course, 这门课程不仅对课堂有影响, but also outside the classroom—and is grounded in both research and social change.”

课堂反思, Ibrahim says: “One of the things Sean said that I’ve taken to heart is, 如果真相是一份礼物呢?’. 如果分享痛苦, 不安全感或悲伤, 对我来说,如果分享是一种天赋呢, 即使这会让新萄京正规网站感到脆弱?”

转移焦点

Holman believes the project could create a perceptual shift for those sharing and hearing stories. 例如, 给他班上的学生, the collective realization that they weren’t alone in their fears about the future helped foster a sense of 社区. Ibrahim described the process of sharing in 社区 as “absolutely healing. 它可能无法解决气候变化问题, but it solves the problem of loneliness and despair and grief about 气候 change.”

Perhaps that’s the crux of why Crookes’ visionary gift is so important, 不仅仅是对葡萄京官方网站, 但对世界而言. It permits the sharing of truth—a truth belonging as much to one individual as to humankind. It shifts the focus from data and temperature percentages to empathy and shared experience, 从巨大的预防到适应的现实.

如果没有韦恩·克鲁克斯,这一切都不会发生. It was his visionary concern for the humanitarian cost of 气候 change and his belief that society can be mobilized around this experience that made this possible.”

肖恩·霍尔曼

 

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关键词: 社区, 可持续性, 慈善事业, 气候, 资金, 社区, 写作

人: 肖恩·霍尔曼, 桑德拉·易卜拉欣, 韦恩克鲁克斯


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