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Editors of news for children around the world are asking their young audiences – those who will be most affected by climate change – to suggest the most important first step in saving the planet.
News outlets in this first phase of the #HowToSaveOurPlanetStep1 project, all of which have won multiple awards, collected suggestions in the form of drawings, videos and texts for publication in the run-up to Earth Day 2023. Next actions with additional news organizations will involve environmental conferences during the fall in the run-up to COP28, the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
We provided borders children could use for their art and demands. At left, Pedro, 10, has his say in Jornal da Çrianca (Brazil).
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Phase 1 project partners and their work.
Časoris in Slovenia is one of the participants. Dr. Sonja Merljak Zdovc, founder/editor, explains why: "I think that we put a tremendous burden on the shoulders of our youth: the responsibility for the future of our planet. It is only right then to listen to what they have to say. We as news creators for children can open up media space for their thoughts and ideas. Together then we can find possible solutions for the survival of the planet on which they will live much longer than will we adults."
The second phase of the project will concentrate on editors in the Gulf region in the run-up to COP 28 in November. Editors will share the results in their own outlets and online with the hashtag #HowToSaveOurPlanetStep1.
Global Youth & News Media will spotlight the results from both phases in an e-book of images and slideshow destined for decision-makers. We want to remind them for whom they are really working.
This is Global Youth & News Media's pro bono contribution to The Writing's on the Wall project. We also organized a storytelling competition for teenagers worldwide: The Climate Champion Profiles Challenge,. Our media partner for this project is the global educational news service News Decoder.
PROJECT EDITOR PARTNERS SO FAR
= >1 million children
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and what they are doing
Based in Slovenia, the daily online news outlet Časoris was created in April 2015 in the aftermath of that January's terrorist attack on the staff of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Now it reaches up to 10% of Slovenia's 195,000 primary school students. MORE
PLUS this video that spells out exactly why deciders need to save forests.
JORNA DA CRIANÇA
Launched in São Paulo in 2019, Jornal da Criança serves more than 20 000 subscribers online and in print and with a monthly podcast. MORE
COVERAGE - ONLINE (em portugues)
COVERAGE - E-Edition (in English em portugues)
Image at left by Julia, age 10, and shared with other editors.
Based in the United States (California), Kid Scoop produces youth content in both a weekly newspaper youth feature and as a monthly tabloid newspaper for children. The weekly feature appears in more than 250 newspapers. The monthly newspaper is published in four U.S. states. Kid Scoop’s combined reach is over 7 million children. MORE www.kidscoop.com and www.kidscoopnews.org
MI SUPER DIARIO
Mi Super Diario began in 2003 and now has iterations appearing weekly in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Paraguay, Peru, Mexico and, until recently, Venezuela. Except for Honduras, where it goes free to schools, it appears with a local newspaper for a total of about 200,000 print copies each week. MORE (en español)
Founded in 2013, News-O-Matic delivers news daily to more than a million children in 148 countries at various reading levels in English, plus text and audio translations by native speakers in French, Spanish, Arabic and Mandarin. It is based in New York and Paris. MORE
Based in Beirut (Lebanon), Planet News Business began the Kel Youm weekly Arabic newspaper in 2014 reaching up to 60,000 children each week through distribution in public and private Lebanese schools. It also produces the Yom Kom multimedia youth news platform in both Arabic and French, reaching about 200,000 teenagers. www.kelyoum.com and www.yomkom.com
Based in the Netherlands since 2015, Childpress.org now has children running newsrooms in several European countries and South Africa. Childpress.org will be helping to reach European decision makers.
Also, for the next phase, the children who do reporting for ChildPress will interview other children about their demands of decision-makers. MORE
The Writing's on the Wall project allows for both journalism and activism. It encourages student activists to create murals and helps student journalists in their climate change reporting. It also offers schools new tools to integrate climate science into their teaching.
Global Youth & News Media organized an international storytelling challenge for teenagers as part of the project and now, as an extra pro bono contribution, is leading the #HowToSaveOurPlanetStep1 initiative.