"With COP26 dominating the headlines right now, it seems important to reflect
on what environmental journalism should be about. Climate change, pollution,
deforestation, and extinction are all topics that have dominated newspapers and
continue to do so. However, should this be the case?
Do not get me wrong, climate change is an issue that I believe should be as
urgent as any major political turbulence or local gossip as it affects us all.
It outnumbers and overshadows any other news you might find on the science and
technology tab on news websites. In fact, many websites have their very own
climate section, separate from science. The major problem I have with the
thousands of articles which detail the damage humans have caused on our planet
is not the sheer amount of them; it is the obvious lack of anything else.
On any given day, if you search ‘environment’ into google and check the news
tab, the vast majority of the articles will be painful to read. They detail our
relentless exploitation of the planet we call home. Dead animals, dirty oceans,
abnormal weather, and the suffocation of an ecosystem which seems destined for
a dismal, non-existent future. It is something everyone is aware of yet begs
the question: why has it not stopped?
In my opinion, it is predominantly due to the toxic trait where people believe
the environment is not their utmost priority. I think about the essay I forgot
to hand in yesterday before I think about the ice caps melting and my Aldi shop
definitely feels more important than the brutal destruction of the rainforest.
Before you know it, there is a whole horde of anxieties, ideas, and to-do lists
that are sat on top of fixing the planet. As a result, articles about the
climate are often buried and ignored."
Via Robert Sanscartier.
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics