First cohort of Climate Change reporters trained in Cotton University, Guwahati

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Guwahati: Ajim Premji University in collaboration with IndiaSpend and Cotton University, Guwahati organized a two-day workshop on Climate Change reporting in Cotton University, Guwahati from February 3 and 4.

Prof Santonu Goswami of Azim Premji Univerity, Prof Rahul Mahanta of Cotton University and Shreya Shah of India Spend led the program along with accomplished personage like Govind Ethiraj, Sanjoy Hazarika, Karma Paljor, and Sushanta Talukdar who imparted their knowledge and shared their insight in the workshop. The journalists were given training in reporting on climate change, data visualization and fact checking.

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In his welcome address, Prof Mahanta informed that the right time to act is now. The impact that we are facing now is due to the actions many years ago. He said that it takes 30 years for the environment to respond to the CO2 emissions. Since CO2 is already been released, there is nothing we can do about it but to prepare ourselves and take climate action.

While taking about his journey and the people’s life that were affected by human action such as excessive sand mining, Sanjoy Hazarika said, “We talk about mitigation and adaptation, but for some people they just have to leave because of mining and scarcity of water. They just cannot manage”.

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The workshop had participants from Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Assam, Jammu & Kashmir and Manipur.

The two-day certificate course made the participating journalists to become the first cohort of Climate Change reporters from the Northeast and a part of a larger national cohort.

Azim Premji University in collaboration with IndiaSpend will be hosting the next EarthCheck Climate Change reporting workshop in New Delhi later this month on February 24 and 25.

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