In March 2022, Klima Action Malaysia (KAMY) with the support of the European Climate Foundation (ECF), launched Lensa Iklim, a climate journalism and energy journalism program in Peninsula Malaysia that aims to upskill and empower Malaysian journalists and mainstream news media to improve climate change and energy transition reporting.
The Problems and Challenges We See in Climate Journalism in Peninsula Malaysia
Lack of in-depth climate and energy transition reporting in Peninsula Malaysia.
Climate journalism in Peninsula Malaysia is under-reported and has an event/disaster based reporting trend.
Lack of data, crucial information, and experts for accurate and unbiased climate and energy transition reporting.
Journalists face a lack of time, funding, and language barrier to properly understand and decipher climate and energy science, governmental policies, international reports, and other related technicalities due to its complicated nature.
Lack of initiative from news media to accelerate climate and energy transition stories.
Lack of interest and traction from readers on climate or energy news due to the repetitive and one-sided nature of the news.
Lack of intersectionality between climate and energy transition news, as they are predominantly framed by finance and lack the human lens.
How Lensa Iklim Aims to Address the Problems and Challenges
Lensa Iklim was formed to empower journalists in Peninsula Malaysia in climate crisis and energy transition reporting. The long-term aim is to strengthen climate communication in Malaysia, under the Right to Information objective, thus increasing the public’s climate literacy. The programme also has a short-term goal to increase the capacity of journalists, in the news media and newsroom sector, in Peninsular Malaysia on climate crises specific to the energy sector and “Just Transition”. Since the inception of the programme in 2022, we have done:
1. Capacity building for journalists for climate and energy transition through workshops.
Journalists are taught essential climate and energy transition topics, such as climate policies and governance, the IPCC report, and COP UNFCCC processes.
2. Mentorship for the publication of climate-energy stories.
Mentorship by experts is currently ongoing for journalists publishing climate-energy stories in January-February 2023.
3. Publication of a year long research report “Climate-Energy Transition Media Reporting in Peninsular Malaysia.”
This report aims to analyse the challenges faced by journalists and newsrooms reporting climate-energy stories in Peninsula Malaysia and will be released in early 2023.
4. Climate resource hub.
The hub is currently developed to provide a guide and breakdown of topics, a list of experts and critical climate and energy policies and regulations.
Why Just Peninsula Malaysia ?
The main media that we are looking at are housed in Peninsula Malaysia. Furthermore, the social-cultural and political issues in East Malaysia vary drastically from that of Peninsula Malaysia, therefore, it would only be fair to provide East Malaysia with an analysis of its own with a voice that understands and focuses on these issues.
Resources from Lensa Iklim Workshops
Lensa Iklim’s series of workshops were carried out between June to August 2022.
13 Ogos 2022
Climate Journalism: Pitching for Climate and Environment
To provide journalists and editors valuable insights on the state of climate journalism locally and globally and how to pitch for.....
16 Julai 2022
Malaysia’s Climate Policy Framework and Climate Politics at UNFCCC
Journalists are introduced to the national climate policies and what drives them, get a basic understanding of climate politics in the.....
23 Julai 2022
Corporate Sustainability 101 And Key Market Mechanisms
To update journalists on the role of the private sector and businesses in addressing the gap of climate finance and the long-term.....