Climate Change, Media, and the Voices that should be Heard!

In our week nine lecture we learnt about Global crisis, when it comes to climate change and the media.

It was revealed to us about how the media, when talking about Global warming, focus on scientists’ opinions and evidence that they have accumlated about the issue of climate change. In the reading, ‘Journalism ethics and climate change reporting in a period of intense media uncertainty’, Bud Ward explains this by saying:

“So instead of the over-simplified notion of providing ‘balance’ in reporting on news involving differing perspectives, journalists increasingly, and rightly, take their clues from the leading and acknlowledged scientific experts when it comes to the facts and causes of global climate change. That means, in effect, reporting as a given- until science show otherwise – that warming of the Earth actually is occuring…” (Ward, B 2009, p14)

So because we are only getting the scientific evidence of climate change, this then in turn causes what Ward explains as ‘false balance’ where we, as an audience, only are given scientific judgement, as Ward also highlights. (Ward, B 2009, p14)

So what about the people/ places that are actually being highly effected by Climate change?

In lecture, a place that was brought to our intention that is suffering fromglobal warming was the Pacific Island, Kiribati. It was revealed that though there is low carbon emmissions, Kiribati is sinking into the Pacific Ocean. The result of this is suffering from floods, erosion, roads destroyed – and history ultimately in risk of being lost.

In a recent article by Phillip Ross from the blog, International Science Times, Ross reveals about Kiribati’s president, Anote Tong’s idea of building floating lily pads cities, with the help of Tokyo Company, Shimizu Corp – which if succeeded will ensure the future of Kiribati.

Ross explains this by saying:

“Tong wants to turn Kiribati into a state of floating “Lilly Pad” cities. The President is working with Shimizu Corp, a Tokyo – based construction company, to come up with blueprints for the worlds first floating Country.” (Ross, P 2013)

Overall we need to consider both sides of the issue of Climate Change, though in my opinion the people that are actually in the middle of Global Change deserve to have more of a voice!



Ross, P 2013, ‘Kiribati President To Build Floating ‘Lily Pad’ Cities To Save Pacific Islands’ Inhabitants From Rising Sea’, International Science Times, accessed 29/9/13

Ward, B 2009, ‘Journalism ethics and climate change reporting in a period of intense media uncertainty’, Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, Vol.9, pp13-15


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