People & Population

Toolbox on Nature-Based Solutions and Native/Indigenous Perspectives

As concerns over global warming, the endangerment of plant and animal species, and water rights escalate, many environmentalists are turning to Indigenous people for guidance. As part of a Society of Environmental Journalists special initiative focused on covering climate solutions, we take a closer look at nature-based solutions and Indigenous people with reporter Brian Bull. Check out a resource toolbox and stay tuned for a reporting tipsheet in coming weeks. Plus, be sure to register for a Sept. 28 webinar on covering Indigenous communities and nature-based climate solutions.

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"Minnesota Ojibwe Harvest Sacred, Climate-Imperiled Wild Rice"

"Seated low in her canoe sliding through a rice bed on this vast lake, Kendra Haugen used one wooden stick to bend the stalks and another to knock the rice off, so gently the stalks sprung right back up."

Source: AP, 09/23/2022
September 28, 2022

SEJ Webinar: Covering Climate Solutions — Indigenous Communities and Nature-Based Approaches

Join us virtually at 1:00 p.m. ET for a discussion on how Indigenous peoples practiced "sustainable management" efforts long before modern society began talking about conservation, environmental protection or climate change and how their voices can greatly enrich environmental reporting. How can environmental journalists best incorporate Indigenous voices into their climate change and sustainability stories without misrepresenting intent or disrespecting cultures?

September 30, 2022

DEADLINE: World Science Forum 2022 Media for Social Justice Fellowships

"Science-interested" journalists anywhere in the world are invited to apply for an expenses-paid fellowship to attend this year's forum in Cape Town, South Africa, Dec 3-10, with flight reimbursement taking place on-site at WSF2022. Apply by Sep 30.


Drought Frontlines: Mexican Communities Strive To Save Every Drop Of Water

"Sixteen Indigenous Zapotec communities in Mexico have created over 579 water infrastructure projects, including absorption wells, small dams and water pans, to conserve water in the Oaxaca Valley – a region impacted by recurrent droughts."

Source: Mongabay, 09/08/2022
September 21, 2022

Ocean Encounters: Heatwaves! Extreme Heat on Land — and in the Ocean

Join the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for the next installment in its virtual Ocean Encounters series. Speakers will discuss the links between the atmosphere and ocean, why heat waves are on the rise and what it means for our ocean planet. 7:30-8:30 p.m. ET.

October 7, 2022

Virtual Workshop on the Human Cost of Climate Change

Climate change impacts have begun to promote large-scale human migration to more hospitable areas, a trend set to accelerate. The University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute presents a workshop with interdisciplinary scholars and practitioners who'll share knowledge and discuss the issues. 9:00 a.m. - Noon ET.


New Environmental Justice Index Helps ID Vulnerable Communities

Biden administration efforts to measure its response to environmental injustice have spurred the launch of a place-based database that scores individual communities on the issue. The latest Reporter’s Toolbox reviews the new government index and suggests that despite weaknesses, it is still useful as part of a suite of similar tools. Learn more about how to effectively use the new database.

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September 22, 2022

SciLine Media Briefing: The Lasting Toll of Hurricanes on Communities

SciLine will host a briefing for reporters on the long-term toll of hurricanes on community services and infrastructure. Three experts will discuss the lasting effects of disruptions to municipal services, as well as sustained impacts on housing and schools in the months and years after a storm. 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET.



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