Lauren we did that in South Africa. We removed an oppressive regime through people power. It is not rocket science. The key I guess is Biko's maxim that people must take liberation in their own two hands.If you wait for somebody to come free you you will never be free. I don't go out into communities to give them anything. My goal is to help them figure out how to empower themselves. Like I said, simple common sense. Not rocket science.
Thanks IIED on loss and damage - your right - lets be honest we are on a pathway to potentially 5 degrees warming- there will be loss and damage not something which you can always plan for!
Maarten I think innovative thinking around how to reach illiterate people is critical indeed. If we set as a baseline that if those who cannot read and write understand then we know everybody else will get it too. I am all for song, dance, poetry and drama as ways of making complex causal relations crystal clear. I did not think of games, thanks for the tip!
Very good point Mike, I fully agree. And part of it is getting dedicated journalists to cover adaptation as a separate topic, another part is to educate journalists in other field to cover adaptation aspects in their coverage (people on the street are often really interested in weather and climate, so it's not that there's no audience for that angle!)
With respect to the knowledges that change, of course they do. People grow and change just like everybody else. I think what stays constant is the epistemologies. Try farming with the knowledge that the only thing that stays constant is change. It is a whole different worldview than the type of agricultural science that tries to standardize everything. My question is how we redress the privileging of one form of knowledge over another? Obviously it has been done historically through the privileging of one set of knowers over the other, and that is what I am saying is going to have to change if we want to empower communities to adapt.
Journalists need to understand as well that adaptation isn't just about climate science issues, but fits into all the beats - economic, political, environment, development, even things like sports and culture
Simon: That makes a lot of sense.....
Hi Lisa, Personally I don't think that adaptation is about 'throwing int he towel' at all. If people say this it is perhaps because they have other motives for not addressing climate change. Even in Australia we ignore the impacts of climate change (firestorms, floods, drought, cyclones) so that we don't have to talk about how to deal with the causes of these disasters.
ManipadmaJena, you are absolutely right. In Africa as well women work the land they do not own, in order to feed the families they did not make alone. So when we talk about adaptation issues we shall never be able to run away from issues of justice.
People this was great but I have got to go. Real time calls! Thanks for an incredibly stimulating debate! Best, Yvette
Well, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, which runs AlertNet Climate and other news sites, does quite a bit of journalism training, including on climate and environmental issues.
Hi Simon, good points. Although the key issue will of course still be how such national laws play out in regular sectoral planning, and at subnational government levels. A vibrant and engaged civil society is very important of course.
But it also leads to a key challenge: many of the the most vulnerable people live in countries with limited government capacity, and/or weaker civil society structures. How do we help communities in Somalia adapt?
So how do we create a good governance frameworks that are built from the bottom up? Our work at CARE starts with rights based approaches and tries to focus on the poorest and most vulnerable- without that as a foundation for CBA we will fail- also we need new partnerships and less single sector working.
Quamrul: I think another thing that's key besides training journalists is giving them access to some kind of ongoing support. We have many freelance developing world journalists writing for us and I find the ongoing interaction, following training, is what makes the real different. Training editors is key too - journalists sometimes head home from training all fired up to do stories only to find their editors don't understand the need and don't want them
And it comes back to my earlier point about being humble: climate change is often not at the centre of people's problems. We need approaches that respect other priorities, yet meaningfully weave in a path towards a more resilient future. This is generally highly context-specific (although some general principles apply of course, as discussed below).