Himalayan Climate Boot Camp fellows produce ground breaking science stories
The Himalayan Climate Boot Camp (HCBC) organized by the Nepal Forum of Science Journalists (NFSJ) and funded by the Spark Grant Initiative of the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) continues to make an impact in the form of high quality science stories in media platforms across the world. HCBC fellows and the participants have so far produced 23 science stories based on their lived experiences and observations during the HCBC held in the Everest region in April 2022. Eight journalist fellows have written in media platforms such as Undark, Scientific American, Mongabay, The Xylom, Dhaka Tribune, The Wire, Monga bay, Record Nepal, Womens Media Center and Scientiamag.
Ranging from the issue of solid waste management, disproportionate impact of climate change on women to fast melting glaciers of the Himalayas, the stories provide a kaleidoscope of life at the roof of the world. Interestingly, the relatively unexplored issue of the havoc created by black carbon in the high Himalayas, shifting tree lines, thawing permafrost and changes to the mountain cryosphere triggered by global warming have garnered the media’s attention.
In addition to the journalist fellows, the project core team members’ stories have been featured in Third Pole and GAVI, the vaccine alliance.
“It is indeed a very satisfying moment to see the journalist fellows producing some important stories in regional and international media,” said Chhatra Karki, team leader and program director of HCBC.
Subhra Priyadarshini, one of the mentors of HCBC, expressed admiration for the deeply researched, high quality stories being produced by the participating fellows. “I am richer reading the diverse range of evidence-based stories from the high Himalayas. I am also amazed at the way each fellow came back looking at the same things with different lenses”, Priyadarshini, Chief Editor of Nature India and President of the Science Journalists Association of India, says.
Here are links to the stories so far from the Himalayan Climate Boot Camp 2022.