(Imelda Abano is a long-time partner of Internews' Earth Journalism Network (EJN) and member of its Council. She has participated in numerous EJN programs, including our Training of Trainers fellowship, Mentors initiative and CCMP fellowship to the 2015 UN climate negotiations in Paris. Atom Araullo is a prominent TV journalist in the Philippines who also participated in the COP21 CCMP fellowship to Paris as a Fellow.)
MANILA, Philippines – Nobel Peace Prize laureate Al Gore's Climate Reality Project recognized four journalists from the Philippines who covered the historic Paris climate change conference and issues on global warming.
GMA 7 investigative journalist Howie Severino, Philippine EnviroNews editor-in-chief Imelda Visaya Abano, ABS-CBN multimedia journalist Atom Araullo, and Rappler's MovePH editor Voltaire Tupaz were named "Media Climate Champions" at the premiere screening of the documentary "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," on Monday, August 28. (IN PHOTOS: 'An Inconvenient Sequel' premieres in PH)
The honorees were hailed “for catalyzing a global community solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society in the field of journalism,” according to The Climate Reality Project president Kenneth Berlin and country manager Rodne Galicha.
"In this period of climate denial and the challenge to communicate climate science and solutions to the masses, we recognize journalists who have been devoting their time and efforts to spread reality and hope," the Climate Reality Project Philippines said.
Severino, a multi-awarded journalist, was cited for his 2016 i-Witness documentary “Climate Justice.”
From Paris to Tacloban City, the documentarist followed the struggle of affected sectors for survival in the face of disasters.
In 2016, GMA News TV presented “Addressing the Climate Crisis,” which was anchored by Severino. It featured his one-on-one interview with Gore.
Imelda Visaya Abano
Abano has been covering climate change and other environmental issues in the Philippines and throughout Asia.
As founder of the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists, Abano has mentored many environmental journalists.
She was also a former United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Media Fellow who covered a series of climate negotiations.
Araullo was a climate champion for The Climate Reality Project’s Road to Paris campaign in 2015 and was involved in the #LetsTalkCleanerEnergy launch.
His documentary "Warmer," which was produced after his riveting coverage of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), won the Bronze World Medal at the 2017 New York Festivals Television and Film Awards.
It was also a recipient of the United Nations Department of Public Information Special Award.
At ABS-CBN, Araullo anchors the program Red Alert, which promotes awareness on disaster risk reduction and emergency response.
Tupaz, who covers disasters, climate change, and humanitarian issues, was one of the prime movers behind two award-winning online campaigns that were launched before and after the Paris climate conference.
The first one, Not on Our Watch or #NowPH, gathered nearly 3.6 million voices of support for the landmark climate deal which was presented to the Paris government and ministers of vulnerable countries at the kick-off of the 21st Conference of Parties of the UN Convention Framework on Climate Change (COP21) in France.
The other campaign was #ClimateActionPH, which was launched to help Filipinos understand the urgent need to fulfill the terms of the Paris climate agreement. Both climate action initiatives won gold at the 52nd Anvil Awards.
As a pioneer of MovePH, Rappler's civic engagement arm, Tupaz was one of the initiators of Agos, powered by eBayanihan, an online disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation platform which was launched in 2013. – Rappler.com
(Banner image: MEDIA CLIMATE CHAMPIONS. Journalists Voltaire Tupaz of Rappler, Atom Araullo of ABS-CBN, and Imelda Visaya Abano of the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists (L-R) cover the historic 21st Conference of Parties of the UN Convention Framework on Climate Change (COP21) in France. Photo courtesy of Imelda Abano.)