BBC Media Action’s research found that many people still weren’t doing anything in response to environmental changes. Inaction stemmed from the fact that people didn’t know what to do, didn’t think they had enough money to do anything or felt they needed help from the government to do something. This state of affairs is unlikely to stay sustainable if the environmental situation becomes increasingly unforgiving.
Since joining the Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia (UCRSEA) team, one of my favorite parts of the job has been the opportunity to travel within the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) and meet with urban climate resilience practitioners from many countries who are also interested in understanding urbanization and climate change. In October 2016, I got to join a group of over 15 UCRSEA partnership members in the inaugural Collaborative City Exchange trips to Dawei, Myanmar.
From the educator’s perspective, teaching children is not as difficult as teaching adults especially in terms of achieving the teaching and learning goals. The ways adults behave are very much influenced by their extensive experience and habits, while children behave by imitating what they see daily, and mostly by looking up to the adults. This also applies in the context of increasing awareness and understanding of climate change.
Ahmad Baihaqi is a young role model to many of his peers. Abay, as people usually call him, is very active with the Biodiversity Warriors community from Kehati Foundation in Jakarta, Indonesia. Abay is very passionate about promoting the importance of biodiversity, especially in Jakarta, an urban area. He admitted that it is not easy since biodiversity is not a popular topic and many young people have many other interests. This July, ACCCRN interviewed him about his role and activity in the Biodiversity Warriors community.
"News coverage builds awareness of crises, drums up donations and connects the needy with people who can help. But are we leveraging the full potential of media and communication to stop disasters happening in the first place?" The head of UNISDR, Robert Glasser, writes for BBC Media Action on how to leverage the media and communication to try and stop disasters happening in the first place. The media are viewed as important stakeholders in helping to reduce disaster losses as outlined in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.