In March 2022, Klima Action Malaysia (KAMY) with the support of the European Climate Foundation (ECF), launched Lensa Iklim, a climate 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 aid journalists in Peninsula Malaysia to gain a deeper understanding for climate change and energy transition reporting. In doing so, this will benefit the journalism field and Malaysian citizens in attaining quality and relevant climate information from mainstream media.
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 via 6 workshops.
“Capacity building for journalists for climate and energy transition via workshops” aims to equip Peninsular Malaysian journalists with important topics in the subject of climate and energy transition, such as climate policies and governance, the IPCC report, and COP UNFCCC processes.
2. Mentorship for the publication of climate-energy stories.
“Mentorship for the Publication of Climate-Energy Stories”, aims to increase the frequency of in-depth climate and energy transition stories in Peninsula Malaysia while also providing funding and mentorship. These publications will be mentored by key experts, who will provide their experiences in climate and energy reporting to Lensa Iklim journalists.
3. Publication of a report for the research of “Climate-Energy Transition Media Reporting in Peninsular Malaysia.”
“Publication of a report for the research of “Climate-Energy Transition Media Reporting in Peninsular Malaysia”, aims to analyse the challenges faced by journalists and newsrooms reporting on climate-energy stories.
4. Developing a climate resource hub.
“Developing a climate resource hub” aims to provide a solution for journalists by creating a climate and energy glossary, a crash course for governmental policies and international reports, providing journalists with a diverse list of experts and many more valuable resources.
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 and was inspired by the PANAS project, when KAMY collaborated with the Science Media Centre.
16 Julai 2022
Malaysia’s Climate Policy Framework and Climate Politics at UNFCCC
To provide, enlighten, and equip journalists on climate communication, climate policies and climate politics in order for them to produce environmental and climate-centric stories.