“Seek the truth and report it” says Society of Professional Journalist (SPJ). It’s that easy right? Climate change and Global Warming is an uprising issue for years, even in school, we are all educated and well informed about the harm and damaged that global warming might caused and how to prevent global warming from taking place. As specified by Bud Ward (2009 pp. 14), “in news reporting, it’s a common ethical that journalist cannot be both observers and participants in a situation that is reporting.” It is also mentioned that journalists are giving ‘false balance’ in reporting on climate change and also the discovery of physical and earth sciences.
The Youtube video and the picture above explains Kiribati and how does climate changes affects the residents and the island itself.
“The people of Kiribati, a group of islands in the Pacific ocean particularly exposed to climate change, now own a possible refuge elsewhere. President Anote Tong has recently finalised the purchase of 20 sq km on Vanua Levu, one of the Fiji islands, about 2,000km away.” (Caramel L, 2014)
The saddest part of Kiribati is that news coverage is not focusing on the important point. In fact, the horrified situation where the rising of sea level caused by global warming from advanced and highly populated countries are not broadcasted dispersedly. Residents in such places contribute very little to climate change, yet are vulnerable to rising tides (Foundation for World Arts, 2011). Concrete and established amount of coverage on climate changes should be emphasised all around the world to create awareness and involvement to how can we reduce global warming and help the voiceless and victims of the future tragedy.
Caramel, L 2014, ‘Besieged by the rising tides of climate change, Kiribati buys land in Fiji,’ The Guardian, 1st July, viewed 13th October, <http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/01/kiribati-climate-change-fiji-vanua-levu>
Foundation for World Arts, 2011, Water is Rising – Kiribati, viewed October 11 2014, http://www.waterisrising.com/content/kiribati
Ward, B. 2009, ‘Journalism ethics and climate change reporting in a period of intense media uncertainty’, in Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, vol. 9, pp. 13-15