23 November 2021
If you’ve been following The Green News, you know that I’ve been on the road this month covering COP26.
I was in throngs of protests, I was getting whatever photos I could crouching on a footpath. I stood in crowds and listened to those on the frontlines of the climate crisis share their stories. I had personal peaks and valleys, the days were long and I got to experience the magic of an entirely circular subway system in Glasgow. (If you go, try it. Trust me, it’s a true infrastructural feat).
Covering something as big and as pulsating as the protests around COP is all-consuming. It doesn’t feel like work in a traditional sense – because you’re right in an artery of something you know you’ll never forget and the only thing you can focus on is what is right in front of you.
Now in the aftermath of those two weeks, I’ve been thinking about what comes next.
There’s a lot of stuff that here at home we aren’t covering nearly as much as we should – and as an editor, I have the opportunity to be able to point our metaphorical and literal camera lens towards that material.
There is so much overlap between the parallel societal crises we face. The media in developed countries rarely hears from those in the Global South who are bearing the worst of what we’ve seen so far despite contributing the least to it. We barely consider the ramifications of biodiversity loss. We occasionally discuss adaptation measures we need to take to an already human heated-planet, but it’s not nearly enough.
So that’s what we’ll be pivoting our coverage towards. We’re stepping away from the daily grind of news as it breaks – and if you’re looking for coverage on that, there’s lots of great journalists out there doing that essential work.
We’ll be running features, explainers, analysis, op-eds and whatever else we come up with from the New Year onwards. We’ll probably have some growing pains – so bear with us.
We’ll also be getting lots of this lined up in the coming weeks, so we’ll still be covering what we normally do – but there may just be a bit less of it.
In the meantime, I hope you are holding up as best you can. Stay hydrated, stay warm and stay with us. I promise it’ll be worth it.